There are a lot of people online who are constantly decrying the fact that kids spend so much of their time inside playing video games. Unsurprisingly, that’s not going to happen here! That being said, it’s probably not great for a kid to spend all of their time inside. Even with all of the tech and games in the world, there’s something utterly wonderful and necessary to a childhood about being able to just get out into the world for a while. Of course, trying to explain that to a kid who’s been playing Mario Odyssey for seven straight hours can be like talking to a brick wall. With that in mind, here are a few ways to get an indoor kid out of the house.
Get them involved in an organised activity
Of course, there’s no reason to tell them to go outside if they have nothing to do. If that happens, then they’re just going to end up getting bored and wanting to go back to hiding away in their room. Getting them involved in some kind of organised activity, whether that’s football training, swimming, rock climbing, or any other activity, being able to have something active that they can focus their mind on can be incredibly positive for them. That way they can use the energy that they’d normally be wasting and channel it into something productive and enjoyable.
There’s nothing like being able to get away from it all for a while. Sure, a lot of kids might start out a camping trip lamenting the loss of all of their precious technology, but a day or two out in the wilderness with you and they’ll start to get right into the spirit of things. They’ll be more than happy to get stuck in with starting fires, foraging food, and enjoying the simple pleasures of nature. They’ll probably end up totally forgetting why they were so dependent on technology in the first place.
Set up a treasure hunt
One of the main reasons kids, and adults, love video games so much is that they offer the kind of clear, tangible rewards that you don’t normally get in everyday life. Even if they’re not real, the feeling of accomplishment when you tick off a quest or get a rare item is incredibly potent. So why not recreate that in the real world. Create a treasure hunt for them where they have to solve clues and uncover mysteries in order to find the prize. The truth is, the prize doesn’t even need to be that impressive. The real prize is going to be the feeling of accomplishment that they get from actually finding it.
Of course, you don’t need to force them to spend all of their free time outside. After all, there really is nothing wrong with a kid wanting to sit around and play video games some of the time. The key is to make sure that they have a sense of balance in their lives and that it’s not dominated by one single thing. That way they’re much more likely to live happier, more well-rounded lives.