Thanks To Senseless Violence, Children Are Stuck On The Couch — Here’s Ways To Still Have Fun

Fun Activities To Get The Family Unplugged And Ready To Be Creative.

Heather Elitou
Aug 8, 2019 · 5 min read

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Often times my husband and I feel a sense of sorrow when it comes to our youngest child going out to play. I found myself repeating what I heard my mother say over and again, “This world is not the same as it was when I was young.”

We often reminisce over the Summers of our youth when we could ride our bikes around the neighborhood almost carefree. I love to share stories with my children about the times I would stay over my cousin’s house and watch movies while eating popcorn throughout the night.

Photo by George Barker on Unsplash

We would take our bikes and ride around the neighborhood looking for our friends — there was no texting or Twitter, so we had to roll up to their home and see if they were there. Once we all linked up, we would take the time to discover our neighborhood without a location or digital map. Each day was a journey and life was so simple, innocent and amazing.

Playing tag, racing, spinning tops, hide-n-seek, and playing double-dutch kept us healthy, happy and adventurous. This is what our kids are missing today and our we need to give it back to them.

With the amount of violence in the communities, we often fear gunplay because of the countless stories of children being innocent bystanders in shootings.

With sex trafficking, molestation, and endless violations against our youth, many parents are apprehensive about letting their children sleep over friends or family’s homes.

Thanks to the growing fear that we have as parents, our children are subjected to playing video games and gazing into their phones from sunrise to sunset.

Now that they are accustomed to staring into the abyss of the black mirror, it is up to us as parents to create fun and laughter to our children.

Recently, I found a few fun activities to play with our young one that is not only fun but also brings forth their creativity. There are so many amazing ways to enjoy activities with your kids, but these are the few that had us laughing and creating fond memories that will last forever.

‘Art Studio Live’ Brings A Splash Of Color To Any Rainy Day

On a rainy day, why not help your family develop their creative side by doing a little art? No need to go out to find an art studio, you can have all the fun with your family and friends in the comfort of your own home.

The Art Studio Live paint kit comes with a quality acrylic painting set that is water-based and non-toxic, therefore easy to clean with soap and lukewarm water.

To help you paint like a pro, the set comes with a code to step-by-step videos for all skill levels. You get to choose from a variety of gorgeous art pieces that include still life, animals and much more.

I promise you, the kids will love creating a masterpiece that they can hang up in their room or even the family room.

‘Raddish’ Offers A Yummy Approach To Everyday Kitchen Skills

It’s always a good idea to prepare your children for life necessities, and you can always start with the art of cooking.

Raddish is a monthly cooking club for kids that delivers a new culinary kit and adventure to the door. You and your kids can make memories (and dinner) together while letting the kids take charge.

What I liked most about the kit is that it includes geography, history, and science into the important life skill of cooking. The box includes three illustrated recipe guides, a quality kid-size cooking tool, an activity, a badge for their apron, a shopping list and more.

I highly-recommend the Raddish as a gift that keeps on giving.

‘Pickleball’ Is The Perfect Way To Unplug And Remove The Sour Attitude Of Being Stuck Inside

Have you ever heard of Pickleball? Me neither, until I did a little research and got the game. Needless to say, playing the game was a lot of fun.

Pickleball is a paddle sport that was created in 1965 and it combines elements of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton. It is played on a court that is roughly half the size of a tennis court. Players use “paddles” to strike the ball. The pickleball itself is similar to a wiffle ball.

Note no actual “pickles” are involved.

Play it in singles or doubles, the game is played until someone gets 11 points.

Perfect for the backyard, playing with the family was challenging, exciting and full of laughs. Not to mention you get a lot of exercise running back and forth.

‘Capture The Flag’ Offers Backyard Fun For All

Get up, get out, and have some fun while playing Capture the Flag in the dark. We rallied up a few kids from the neighborhood and we started the game at 9 pm and didn’t finish until 12 am. The fun would have never ended on its own so we had to shut it down.

The kids love the futuristic lights and 12 different ways to play this game. We were able to play with up to 20 players which means no one was left out of the fun.

This classic game is something we enjoyed in our childhood and it is fun to gather up the family for a game that includes teamwork, social strategy, and an awesome icebreaker. Physical exercise becomes part of the fun as players run, hide and chase each other to win.

What are some of the ways you keep your family off their phones? Share your thoughts below.

Heather Elitou

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