5 Fun Activities To Do with Your Kids This Summer to Limit Screen Time

This post was sponsored by Comcast. All thoughts and opinions are those of my own.

Every summer, I struggle as a mom to give my kids fun things to do that do not involve electronics.  Don’t get me wrong, my kids get their screen time, but since school got out, it is a constant battle to keep them entertained and happy.  It is super easy to turn on their favorite shows or give them the iPad to keep their fights down and my sanity in its place.  I have come up with a few ideas for easy, fun activities to do with your kids this summer that do not involve a screen of any kind!

  1. Get out of the house!!  There are all kinds of local summer activities that are easy to find if you seek them out.  Our local parks are great and offer nature activities for the kids.  One of our parks just installed a great Splash Pad which is awesome over the summer.  Check out the parks, have a picnic, bring a Frisbee and call it an afternoon.  Most home improvement stores offer free kids workshops on weekends.  A couple of other ideas would be story time at the library, discounted kids movies at the theater, collecting seashells at the beach, running  through the sprinklers or just a walk around the block.
  2. Arts and Crafts!  There are a lot of great ideas for things that your kids can create.  Things as simple as coloring/painting to a little bit more intense like making slime!  We made slime over the weekend and it was a hit!  My five year old didn’t want to put it down (check out Elmer’s Glue’s website for the instructions).  I can always count on coloring to keep them busy while I prepare meals.  Making a card for a neighbor or family member is a great way to bring a smile to someone else’s face.  There is always sidewalk chalk and bead necklaces.
  3. Take up a new hobby.  Learn to cook or bake.  Take an art class.  Paint pottery.  Depending on your location, try surfing or skateboarding.  Make cookies or bake bread for a neighbor.  Make dad’s favorite dinner.  Stir up your favorite flavor of ice cream.  Take some pictures and keep a photo album of your adventures.  Throw a football or knock around a volleyball.
  4. Volunteer.  Find a charity that needs some extra help.  Pick up trash at the park.  Go to a nursing home and help, or just sit and chat.  Walk dogs or pet kittens at the Humane Society.
  5. Pretend play.  Build a pillow or cardboard box fort, make shadow puppets and make up a story, or play dress up.  Make up a story about a picture you drew.  Create a backyard safari or zoo.

Limiting screen time is definitely difficult, but there are other options for parents like this new genius service from Comcast. Comcast recently introduced xFi, a new way to make the home Wi-Fi experience personalized to the family, and help maximize quality time and control Internet usage.

This new feature is available to Comcast Internet customers, at no additional cost.

I know that this would be perfect for my 5 year old and 8 year old to limit their screen time easily. That way they know they only have a certain amount of time and that’s it. Not only that, I can manage my own screen time better, because let’s face it. I know I spend more time online than I know I should.

Check out this video to see how it all works so you can get a better feel for it visually:

 

Wouldn’t this be perfect for your family? Especially during the summer?!

That’s why Comcast created Xfinity xFi, which gives you a simple to use digital dashboard to manage all your Wi-Fi connected devices. It works on iOS, Android, the Web, and even on your television via X1 with Voice control.

Here’s just a little bit of what you can do with xFi from Comcast:

  • Decide who and what devices go on your Wi-Fi network
  • Pause Wi-Fi access during scheduled intervals like dinnertime or bedtime or with a quick tap during a timeout
  • Set parental controls and see what devices are connected –and easily add/remove devices
  • Find or change your password quickly and easily
  • Set time limits so Wi-Fi goes off at bedtime and the kids get a good night’s sleep

It’s so user friendly, you can set it up in no time. Check how easy it is to control from your phone.

Connect with Comcast today and set this up for your family!

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Would you try out this new service?
What are your thoughts on it? I think it’s so awesome, and I’d love to hear what you have to think!

Disclosure: Everything Mommyhood teamed up with Comcast/Xfinity for this posting. We received compensation for this posting, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are those of our own. If you would like to see your service, product, or company featured, please get in touch with us at EverythingMommyhood@gmail.com for our rates.

Comments

  1. I think this is a great way to promote family unity, and build better relationships.

  2. Lots of great ideas!

  3. “You’ll take my screen away when you pry it out of my cold dead hands!”

  4. These are nice ideas, and they all sound like good ways to have some real fun!

  5. Love the ideas to hang with your kids this summer!

  6. Kristin Noel says:

    The creative play sounds good. I will have to try that with my son. Because he really likes his I pad.

  7. Kelly Kimmell says:

    I am all for cutting back on screen time. I think these are wonderful ideas.

  8. vickiecouturier says:

    some good tips and points,,very interesting,,gonna try this with the grandkids

  9. My grand kids love pretend play. They are always dressing up.

  10. Karen Iona Jaras says:

    These are all great suggestions. It get harder when they become tweens to get them out of the house or to help anyone but themselves.

  11. sheila ressel says:

    Xfinity xFi sounds like a great tool to have in my home. We definitely need to get away from our devices more.

  12. Sarah Oswald says:

    Wonderful ideas and my favorites are the volunteering and the arts and crafts. Theven arts and crafts are our go to activities when the kids are bored.

  13. Sandy Cain says:

    Getting out of the house is the best tip of all – leave the iPad at home! Even if you live in a big city (like we do), there are always parks, and nature walks. Getting a little paperback back guide to trees and wildflowers is always a favorite of mine, the kids can learn to spot and name what they see growing. Same thing for bird guides – it’s wonderful to be able to recognize what birds you see!

  14. Margot C says:

    Thanks for these ideas, anything to stop Minecraft – anything!

  15. Valerie lerma says:

    what reat ideas to spend time as a family

  16. Armando Rincon says:

    don’t show this to my mom, lol

  17. These are some fantastic suggestions. Kids these days spend too much screen time.

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