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“No Screens Needed” Winter Break Bucket List

I bet you can relate: Our family finds that the ready availability of screens makes us forget the many things we can do for fun without screens. While it’s wonderful to know Kudoso is here to help us keep tech in check, sometimes we are a little lost on what to do with our screen-free time. With two weeks of winter break fast approaching, all of us parents are going to be struggling to find some good activity ideas for our kiddos. I’ve been brainstorming and here are some ideas for family togetherness that don’t require the use of screens (except perhaps in a little prep time).

  1. Coloring together. There are endless examples of coloring books available. Coloring is such a calming activity--and that’s probably why adult coloring books are such big sellers right now. Coloring is a great multigenerational activity. Have a variety of art supplies (Sharpies, colored pencils, crayons) and coloring books available; hang up your best work. You can get picture frames for one dollar at the Dollar Tree or similar stores. Or hang kitchen twine around your living room and use clothespins to clip your art to the line.

  2. Bake cookies and deliver to shut-ins, friends, or community servants like police officers and firemen.

  3. Cook a meal together. My elementary-aged daughter has had a lot of fun cooking with the delivery meal kit services such as HelloFresh or Blue Apron. The kits prepackage all your ingredients and provide a recipe, often with step-by-step photos.

  4. Put together a graham cracker “gingerbread” house. Skip the tough “baking the right shape” stage! You can find instructions for this activity here.

  5. Get active with winter sports--cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, skiing, sledding.

  6. Go caroling, followed by hot chocolate and popcorn. Bonus if you have a fireplace and can snuggle around the fire afterwards.

  7. Build a snowman. For extra fun, compete to make the most creative one!

  8. Snowball fight. Maybe not my personal favorite, but the kids love it. Maybe I’ll send them out to do this while I watch from the window. Or if it’s just too dang cold out, pick up a pack of these indoor snowballs, put the kids in the room where they can do the least amount of damage, and let them go to town.

  9. Put together jigsaw puzzles. You might have multiple puzzles going at once, to suit different ages. Or if your kids are developmentally ready, you might all work on a larger puzzle together. Do what Grandma used to do: put up a card table and keep the puzzle going over multiple days.

  10. Hold a family game night. If your kids are older, you will have lots of great game options to choose from, but our family has found a few particularly good with little kids (3 and up): Zingo (like Bingo with a cool dispenser), Life, and Candy Land.

  11. Read a book aloud. For inspiration, check out the the Read Aloud Revival podcast for an endless supply of ideas and information on how to inspire your kids to enjoy reading aloud. Suggestions to read with the whole family: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Little House on the Prairie, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Ramona, Charlotte’s Web, the June B. Jones series

  12. Go on a treasure hunt! Letterboxing is similar to geocaching, but I find it more user-friendly. It’s basically a family treasure hunt. You can find it explained here. Then, find places to hunt in your area here.

 

Have fun and enjoy those kiddos this winter break!

 

By Rebecca Florence Miller
Kudoso Kontributor

 

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