Kat Eggleston | 98five blogger
My son Kale, 8, is a potential screen addict — if we let him he would be on a screen all day. Being bored isn’t necessarily a bad thing for kids.
Kale was complaining about how bored he was without a screen on a camping holiday, and when I asked him if there were any holiday activities he was interested in, he said he would like to play chess. So I got creative and made a chess set using shells from a beach in Exmouth, using a bathmat for a board.
While the other kids went fishing with Dad, I would play shell chess with Kale nearby and we were all happy and connecting together.
It all comes down to listening to each child’s individual needs and not just assuming you know what they should need or want.
Not all kids are into fishing or other things you would assume kids would like. But screens can easily be replaced with a bit of creativity and human interaction.
Here are some screen free activities our kids loved while we were in the wilderness:
1. Climbing trees with Dad
2. Bird watching (we spotted an Eagle!)
3. Playing with someone else’s puppy — maybe your family could puppy sit?
4. Going on a bear hunt. We explored a free cave near Jurien Bay
5. Finding mermaid jewellery at the beach
6. Throwing rocks into water. This entertained my boys for hours.
7. Exploring a new playground
8. Beach fishing
9. Playing ‘chasey’ or ‘tag’
10. Frog catching after it rains. We named this one Paul Jennings
11. Sand art
12. Building a driftwood shelter
13. Lots of beachside holiday homes have trampolines, we found a ‘bouncing pillow’
14. Snorkeling and underwater photography (you can buy waterproof cameras relatively cheap)
15. Exploring a gorge (or your surroundings)
And, of course…
Bonus activity: our beach chess or create another well-known board game.
A lot of these holiday activities can be free too, especially if you borrow gear from friends like we did.
Kat Eggleston is a stay-at-home mum of four and is passionate about making a difference. As a singer-songwriter (Ezereve), $35K has been raised through her music for charities that rescue children from trafficking. While auditioning live for the X Factor judges in 2016, Kat had a revelation that the best way to make a difference, was by being the best mum she could be. Kat is a parenting blogger, regular parenting columnist for the Northern Valleys News, and facilitates the ‘Setting up Generations’ Facebook group to support mums on their journey through motherhood. ezereve.com/blog | Follow Kat on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter