RV Tips: Alternative Screen Time | Mid Florida RV
Life in the digital age is hard enough but when you're living in an RV there are more reasons than not to think outside the box! With an ever-changing backyard view and chances to explore a vast number of experiences, you can create many new adventures for your littles. Check out these inspirations for alternative screen time on the road!
1. GET THEM OUTSIDE
Living in an RV is all about getting outside! It doesn't matter if you shoot hoops, take a bike ride, go hiking, or go for a scavenger hunt. The act of simply getting outdoors for some fresh air to burn off the extra energy is what's important.
2. MOTIVATE THEM HELP WITH CHORES
We know it sounds crazy, but hear us out! It's all about how you position it. Appeal to younger kids that they're "allowed" to sweep (and wash!) the floor, dust or fold laundry. For tweens/teens, broaden that to running a load of laundry, making dinner or loading the dishwasher. Sweeten the deal with a little cash if need be. This is the perfect opportunity to teach the kids how to work together.
3. CRAFTS ARE A GO-TO
Painting, making a collage, creating colorful masks, and cutting out paper garlands are a lot of fun no matter your age. The messier the better we say! If the older kids aren't game, encourage them to make embroidery floss friendship bracelets, draw comics, or create some decorations for their room. You could even turn it into a community project such as creating and sending cards to nursing homes or hospital units.
4. DRAG OUT YOUR COLLECTION
You might be surprised at the different collections that would interest your kids - seashells, shark teeth, action figures and Pokemon cards to name a few. But, don't forget about your 1980's scratch-n-sniff sticker books, stamp collections, wheat pennies or crystal and rock collections!
5. BUILD A FORT
All kids enjoy building a fort especially with cushions, sheets and the dining room chairs. But, another idea is to grab a bunch of cardboard boxes! Then, give them some markers, colored duct tape, stickers, you name it. Bonus: Let them eat lunch/dinner there!
6. BUILD ANYTHING
From towers to mazes to airports and gadgets, drag out all the Legos, Magna-Tiles, models, constructor sets and more to see what their imaginations come up with! Here's a crazy idea: let them combine all of the building sets to create a cityscape!
7. PUZZLES & BOARD GAMES
Another favorite go-to: entertaining the whole family with jigsaw puzzles and family favorite board games. Just be sure you're ready for the family bickering and competitiveness! Think about be adventurous and try something other than Candyland or Monopoly such as Bugs in the Kitchen, Enchanted Forest, Doodle Quest or Flashlights & Fireflies.
8. CREATE A PHOTO ALBUM
Nostalgia reigns even with the young. Have your kids photograph their favorite things and activities, print them out and paste them in a photo album (not the digital kind). They can even turn it into an old-fashioned scrapbook! Bonus: They learn a new skill in photography.
9. ARE PODCASTS CHEATING?
They're not screen time. Podcasts are more radio than digital. You'll never know how many amazing podcasts are out there for kids! Many are absolutely enthralling and littles love their stories.
10. PLAY WITH WHAT THEY ALREADY HAVE
Let's be honest. What's the probability that there are toys or projects laying around not played with or finished? Have them pull out the toys from their birthday or even that old croquet set in storage and play! This makes a great lesson about being thankful for what they already have in their lives.
Remember, the goal is to keep them from staying glued to their devices especially when there is so much in the world to explore! These alternatives will help you ensure their interest in a wide variety of activities as well as help avoid meltdowns on the road.
You've explored the variety of alternative screen time options and it's time to head over to Mid Florida RV Rentals! You can rent an RV and hit the road! Call 866-MID-FLRV (866-643-3578) for your RV rental needs!