While it is great living with all of the modern conveniences of cell phones, televisions, and various game electronics, have we missed the simpler life that our grandparents had? We don’t have to have one or the other. We can set up a day or night where we have family time and no electronics.
There are times when I stop what I’m doing to look around our living room, and we have the TV on and all of us are surfing or playing games on our cell phone, iPad, or computers. The whole family is together, but we’re each doing our own thing. There is nothing wrong with each of us being independent, but if we don’t carve out some time to really be together, we will miss out on so many memories.
I think back on the days where families and friends sat on their front porch visiting while the kids ran and played in the yard until it was dark and they had to go inside. As a result of electronics, we don’t often get time to do the simple things as a family.
Family activities for any budget
- Board games
- Card games
- Going to beach
- Water park
- Art projects
- Bake/decorate cookies
- Mission projects
- Blow bubbles
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Ice skating
- Roller skating
- Going to the park
- Ping pong
- Flying kites
- Treasure hunt
- Outdoor games:
- Hula hoop
- Building a tent with sheets and blankets
- Having a puppet show
Having a show in your living room.
A family favorite board game of ours is Scattergories. It is a challenging game where you have to think of answers to questions that start with a certain letter and are timed. If someone else has the same answer, you do not get any points and the goal is to get the highest score. We love it because it can be as long or short as you want, you can sit in your own comfy chair to play, and the things our family comes out with makes us laugh together. The box shows ages 13 years and up, but even my 5-year-old grandson enjoys rolling the dice to see which letter we use and being in charge of the timer. He usually says the letter and lets us know an example of what word starts with that letter.
We recently watched some old home videos and one was the kids putting on a show for us when they were less than 10 years old. They had the best time singing and dancing. We had a great time reliving those awesome memories!
While I’m certainly not a fan of going back in time and giving up our electronics, I do believe we can have the best of both the simpler times and our current modern times with electronics. Try it this week and see what you think. Chances are you will need to schedule time with all of the activities that families have, but it will be worth it. Think about what you want your kids to remember about their childhood. If it is family spending time together, playing and laughing, now is the time to make those happen!