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Weeding out the couch potatoes: 50 things to do instead of screen time

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Across the nation, crops of couch potatoes sprout up every winter. They are fueled by the colder days and early sunset, leaving them unable to do more than is absolutely necessary. If you are looking for alternative ways to entertain the kids and yourself this winter, try leaving the electronics in their chargers. Here are 50 suggestions to help combat cabin fever and get you through until the spring thaw.
 

USE YOUR IMAGINATION:

1) Make paper airplanes out of coloured paper

2) Cut out paper dolls and accessories from newspapers

3) Create doll houses and furniture out of felt pieces

4) Build skyscrapers out of Legos or Tinker Toys

5) Use large cardboard boxes to create kid-sized houses that they can decorate


GET OUTSIDE:

6) Take a walk around the neighborhood with the dogs or a friend

7) Roller-skate around cones in a parking lot on a sunny day

8) Head to the park for a trip across the monkey bars

9) Jump rope in the driveway

10) Bundle up for an outdoor winter scavenger hunt


MAKE A GAME OF IT:

11) Pick card games like Uno, Hearts or Rummy

12) Try a dice game like Tenzi or LCR

13) Bring out the board games – classics like Monopoly or Sorry!

14) Create a Battleship game out of two pizza boxes

15) Tape a tic tac toe board on the floor and use colored bean bags for the X and O


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EXPAND YOUR MIND:

16) Play Sudoku or complete on a word search

17) Browse the library for a good book

18) Set up a home laboratory and create some science experiments

19) Put together a model car

20) Work on a puzzle


PLAY ROAD TRIP GAMES WITHOUT LEAVING THE HOUSE:

21) Name that Tune – Turn on the radio and see how quickly you can identify the songs

22) I Spy – Describe something in the house so the other players can guess what it is

23) Alphabet Game – Name animals, foods or athletes starting with the letter A, then B and so on.

24) Mad Libs – Fill in the blanks to a short story with nouns, verbs and adjectives

25) Bingo – You will find free printable bingo sheets online


SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY:

26) Look through photo albums or school memorabilia

27) Use your talents to create a family variety show

28) Cook dinner together or bake cookies

29) Sing karaoke or have a dance party

30) Listen to a book on CD together every night


GET CRAFTY:

31) Make homemade playdoah from Kool-Aid

32) Build structures with marshmallows and toothpicks

33) Create pasta people with glue and a variety of pasta shapes

34) Use duct tape and cardboard to make swords and shields

35) Design Popsicle stick snowflakes, paint white and hang in the windows


GET OUT AND GO:

36) Go bowling

37) Play indoor laser tag

38) Head to the indoor pool for a game of Marco Polo

39) Get messy with a game of paintball

40) Try rock climbing


DO SOMETHING FOR THE ANIMALS:

41) Teach your dog a new trick

42) String popcorn on a string or make homemade suet for the birds

43) Collect towels and blankets for the animal shelter

44) Create a maze for your hamster

45) Make a no-sew pet bed for your cat


THINK SPRING:

46) Plant seedlings to start your garden early

47) Have an indoor picnic

48) Use watercolors to paint a summer sky

49) Make a kite out of sticks and a kitchen garbage bag

50) Order a caterpillar to butterfly kit and watch them grow

Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. This list was compiled over the last 17 years of hearing her children say, “I’m bored!”

Article originally published on CityParent.com on February 9, 2016.

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