Alternatives to devices during summer holidays
During the summer holidays, many of us are eagerly anticipating some well-deserved relaxation and quality fun time with loved ones. While screens and devices have become an integral part of our lives, it’s essential to strike a balance and explore screen-free alternatives.
Playing without screens offering games or devices offering social media brings a plethora of benefits for individuals of all ages. First and foremost, it promotes physical activity and encourages a healthier lifestyle by getting people moving and engaged in active play. This can lead to improved fitness levels, enhanced motor skills, and a reduced risk of sedentary-related health issues.
Additionally, screen-free time fosters creativity and imagination, and of course Learning Through Play – our philosophy – allows individuals to explore their thoughts and ideas without the constraints of technology. Social interactions are also enriched as people come together to play, communicate face-to-face, and build meaningful connections.
Plus, screen-free play provides a much-needed break from the constant stimulation of digital media, promoting relaxation, mindfulness, and reduced stress. Overall, engaging in activities without screens or devices opens up a world of possibilities, promoting holistic well-being and creating lasting memories.
Active Play the Edx Way
Discover a unique assortment of active play equipment by Edx Education, perfect for both home and garden use. Each item is thoughtfully designed to foster a fun and educational play experience for your child. Through these engaging play tools, children can learn and grow while having a blast, all within the comfort of their own environment.
Outside Active Play
We have so many products in our Active Play range, children of all ages will find something engaging when looking for non-screen activities. Create a woodland obstacle course with the Step-a-Forest, pretend to drive a car, a fire engine or a tractor with out Go Wheelie, enjoy getting messy with Sand and Water Play equipment or go for a spin on our Whizzy Dizzy!
Inside Active Play
If the weather dictates that you need to spend time inside, check out our GeoStix and Geoland ranges. Ideal for learning the idea of shape and space and how it relates to distance, size, and relative position of objects.
Our Rainbow Pebbles range offers safe, smooth and tactile pebbles to spark your child’s curiosity and encourage them to use their imagination to develop unique and interesting ways to incorporate them into play.
Looking for toys to inspire imagination? Read our blog for many ideas from building and creating to dressing up and dancing.
10 Screen Free Activities for a Fun-Filled Summer Holiday
Here are 10 physically active and enjoyable activities that are perfect for kids and families alike. So, put away those devices and dive into a summer filled with memorable experiences!
1) Explore Nature on a Bike Ride
Embrace the joy of the great outdoors by going on a refreshing bike ride. Whether you’re cycling through scenic trails, parks, or even around your neighbourhood, biking is a fantastic way to stay physically active while immersing yourself in nature’s beauty. Not only is it an eco-friendly activity, but it also allows you to bond with family and friends while discovering new places.
2) Unleash Creativity with Cardboard Boxes
Who knew that cardboard boxes could be the gateway to a world of imagination and creativity? Instead of spending hours on video games, transform simple cardboard boxes into forts, castles, spaceships, or any other imaginative creation your mind can conjure. Engage in a screen-free world of make-believe and watch as the fun unfolds.
3) Revive the Art of Letter Writing
In this digital age, the art of letter writing has been somewhat forgotten. Take the opportunity to bring back this heartfelt tradition by penning letters to friends and family members. Not only is it a personal way to connect, but when you write a letter it also allows you to express your feelings in a meaningful manner.
4) Engage in Screen-Free Fun with Board Games
Gather the family around the table for some good old-fashioned board game fun. Board games not only provide entertainment but also encourage healthy competition and bonding. From classic favourites like Monopoly and Scrabble to modern strategy games, there’s a board game for everyone’s taste.
5) Embark on a Scavenger Hunt
Organise a thrilling scavenger hunt in your back garden or nearby park for an exciting adventure. Create a list of items or clues for participants to find and watch as they unleash their inner detectives. Scavenger hunts are not only an engaging and fun activity but also promote teamwork and problem-solving skills.
6) Conquer an Obstacle Course
Set up a DIY obstacle course in your backyard or local park and challenge yourself and others to overcome it. Use items like hula hoops, cones, ropes, and pool noodles to create a fun and physical course. Not only will it keep you active, but it will also infuse your summer with laughter and enjoyment.
7) Rediscover the Joy of Video Games (Yes, Without Screens!)
Instead of resorting to screen time, explore the realm of non-electronic video games. Try interactive and physically engaging options such as charades, Pictionary, or Simon Says. These games are not only entertaining but also foster social interaction and creativity.
8) Savour the Serenity of Reading
Summer holidays provide the perfect opportunity to get lost in the captivating world of books. Select a few titles from your reading list and immerse yourself in thrilling stories or informative non-fiction. Reading not only sharpens your mind but also gives you a break from the constant stimulation of screens.
9) Reconnect through Storytelling
Gather around a campfire or cosy living room and engage in storytelling sessions. Share personal anecdotes, legends, or even create fictional tales on the spot. Storytelling is an ancient art that has the power to captivate and bring people together in a unique way.
10) Volunteer and Give Back
Lastly, spend time in your summer holidays making a positive impact on your community. Look for local volunteer opportunities and give your time and energy to help others. Whether it’s organising a neighbourhood or beach cleanup, or assisting at a local shelter, giving back is a rewarding and fulfilling way to spend your screen-free time.
Read our blog Fun maths ideas. By incorporating maths activities into playtime, you’ll sharpen maths skills while enjoying the holiday break.
What are you waiting for? Time for some screen free fun! By incorporating these screen-free activities into your summer holidays, you’ll not only create lasting memories but also find a balance between the digital world and the beauty of the real one. So, put down those devices, step outside, or stay inside and let the fun begin!
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