• 10 Ways to Get Kids Off Screens & Outdoors!

    September 24, 2019 • HOME, LIFE

    Getting kids off screens, away from the pixels and spending more time outdoors is easy with these 10 screen free entertainment swaps!

    Swap TV for books

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    Reading has such a positive impact on our brains. It promotes mental stimulation, imagination, improves memory, thinking skills, and even improves verbal skills!

    We love books that inspire curiosity and a love of nature at Biome, like this one, Discovering Bugs, which features more than 50 fascinating insects as if through a magnifying glass.

    Swap the Nintendo for backyard cricket

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    Nothing beats a game of backyard cricket with friends or family. The fresh air, friendly competition and physical exercise are a sure fire mood booster, and a much nicer endorphin release compared to say Wii Cricket.

    We love this Planet Finska range of wooden toys, including this beach cricket set, made from sustainable materials and that is built to last.

    Swap FarmVille for gardening

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    Remember FarmVille? Why not encourage kids to live the real thing with this cool The Little Veggie Patch Co. heirloom seed kit for kids.

    Chosen for their ease of germination, fast growth habits and general ‘likability’, the seeds in this kit cater for kids of all ages, even toddlers.

    Inside you will find beans, peas, carrots, sunflower and strawberry heirloom seeds.

    Swap kid apps for puzzle games

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    Kalaha (also known as Mancala) is a count and capture game with a heritage that dates back to between 500 and 700 AD.

    The aim of the game is to outsmart and outscore your opponent by collecting the most seeds.

    Suitable for all ages, the playing equipment can be as simple as stones or seeds as the playing pieces and holes dug in soil, or a specially made board with holes as holding cups, like this Planet Finska one pictured.

    Find Kalaha and lots of other puzzle games here >

    Swap WiFi for the outdoors

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    Disconnect and recharge – swap the WiFi for the outdoors. What’s there to do outside, the kids ask? Enter the Anti-Boredom Book of Brillian Outdoor Things To Do.

    From the hilarious Andy Seed, this brilliant book is bursting with fun outdoor activities that will have kids running for the door and entertained for hours.

    Swap YouTube for a workshop

    10 Ways to Get Kids Off Screens & Outdoors! | Biome Eco Store

    YouTube tutorials are great, but nothing beats the real thing.

    Book a ticket to a local DIY workshop and learn how to make your own skin care, hair care and cleaning products; rediscover traditional crafts like macrame and basket weaving; explore the world of slow fashion at one of our clothing swaps; and learn how to live more simply, with less stress and less waste.

    Biome holds regular Brisbane and Gold Coast workshops each month. All are suitable for older teens and we have some that are specially for younger kids and tweens.  See the schedule and book tickets here >

    Swap messaging for a picnic

    10 Ways to Get Kids Off Screens & Outdoors! | Biome Eco Store

    Enjoy face to face conversations, while catching up with family and friends. Let the kids run around, play a game of Finska and enjoy the fresh air.

    Keep it eco friendly by avoiding disposable plastic plates and cutlery. Take your plates home and wash them, or use palm leaf plates (pictured) which can be composted.

    Swap food shows for cooking

    10 Ways to Get Kids Off Screens & Outdoors! | Biome Eco Store

    While the whole family can get behind the likes of MasterChef and Cake Wars, getting into the kitchen yourself with the kids can be great for mental health.

    Research suggests that becoming engrossed in a recipe, and following it through to completion can help boost concentration, confidence, self-esteem and curb negative thinking.

    Why not get the kids to help make their own school lunches. The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet has lots of fun ideas.

    Swap blogging for journaling

    10 Ways to Get Kids Off Screens & Outdoors! | Biome Eco Store

    Blogs are a popular way to read other’s thoughts and ideas and even record your own.

    However did you know writing, taking notes and recording information longhand can help you process and comprehend information more effectively than typing? Journaling is also a great process for reflection, mindfulness, gratitude and relaxation. What a great activity for kids to explore!

    Find journals and books to help get kids started with journalling here >

    Swap cinemas for live entertainment

    10 Ways to Get Kids Off Screens & Outdoors! | Biome Eco Store

    There is lots of fun, free live entertainment suitable for kids and the whole family.  Visit your local council website, refer to upcoming Facebook events, or take a look at your local community noticeboard.

    Make it a zero waste excursion, and take your own lunch, water bottle and reusable cutlery.

    Find insulated containers and many more options here >


    Further Reading

    https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/brain.2013.0166

    https://academic.oup.com/cercor/article/25/5/1188/311796

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-road-to-mental-health-through-the-kitchen-1418059204

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