We’re all guilty of being a little too attached to our devices. Whether it’s our phones, tablets or computers, we think the whole world could benefit from unplugging for a bit.

So with this in mind, the Toughees team has come up with 5 things you can do with your kids that don’t involve devices.

#Tip 1 – Have a picnic
If you’re lucky enough to have a nice big lawn, you can do this at home. Otherwise, just visit one of South Africa’s many public parks and enjoy the outdoors together. Pack a picnic basket full of nutritious goodies, along with a ball or a book and go spend a couple of hours in the sun (wearing loads of sunblock of course). And, don’t forget to leave the devices at home.

#Tip 2 – Schedule Device-Free Time
If you’re facing an on-going battle with devices at home, why not schedule some sacred device-free time each night? For example, from 18:00 – 20:00, ban all devices from your home by putting them in a box, including your TV remote. When the 2 hours are up, everyone can get the devices back again. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you all start reconnecting when the screens are out of sight.

#Tip 3 – Get A Hobby
Find something fun you’re whole family is interested in and start doing it together. You can build puzzles, paint, garden, do sports or even do something as novel as geo-caching. Geo-caching is basically like a giant treasure hunt where “cachers” go looking for hidden objects (left by other cachers) and it’s a lot of fun. Yes, it’s probably easiest to go geo-caching using an app. So make sure you’re the only one with a phone when you go on your next mission with the kids. There are over 1500 geo-caches in Johannesburg alone, so happy hunting!

#Tip 4 – Cook and Bake Together
Nothing is more satisfying (and delicious) than trying out a new recipe with the family. Why not aim to try at least 3 new recipes a week and get everyone excited about it? Not only is it a great way to get your kids involved and excited about healthy eating and new ingredients but it will also make the chore more fun for everyone.

#Tip 5 – Tell Stories
Our forefathers used to while the hours away in front of a campfire by telling stories. You can do the same by creating an hour where your family has to sit down together and tell each other stories. These can be fictional or just recounting the day in a funny way. Doing this encourages better communication and creative thinking skills that will stand them in good stead as they get older.

Enjoy spending more quality time with your family.

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