If you're a parent, you've probably heard the phrase "I'm bored" about 500 times and counting. But don't turn on the cartoons just yet. Here are 11 things you can do with your kids that don't involve electronics:
1. Create a marble run
Create your own marble run with cardboard, toilet paper rolls and whatever else you have lying around the house. Using your kids imagination and your building skills, you'll be able to create hours of fun with a DIY marble run.
2. Hold a play dough contest
See who can make the coolest, cutest or silliest play dough creation. If you don't have play dough on hand (or if your current play dough has either hardened or been mixed into a colorful mess), you can make your own in just 10 minutes. Find the recipe here.
3. Have a chalk photo session
Technically cameras and camera phones are considered electronics, but you can make an exception for documenting your fun times together. Draw hats, balloons, basketball hoops or other fun photo props and snap away.
4. Perform a skit
Create a skit together - come up with the story, assign roles and choose props. Then perform your skit for grandma and grandpa. They're sure to enjoy it just as much as the kids.
5. Create rain in a jar
Conduct an experiment with your child to teach a science lesson while having fun at the same time. You can create rain in a jar with just a few simple ingredients you probably have on hand.
Fill a jar about three-quarters of the way full with water. Top with shaving cream and let it settle. Drop food coloring into the shaving cream cloud. The color will fall through the cloud and down to the bottom of the jar, creating a rain-like effect.
6. Build a blanket fort
Gather blankets from around the house and build a fort. You can also use boxes if you have some left over from online Christmas shopping. Build a fort together, then cuddle inside and read together.
7. Write your own stories
Make up stories and share them with one another. You can say them out loud or write them down. Let your children's creativity run wild as they make up their own stories and draw pictures to go along with it.
Create your own book by folding a stack of paper and stapling in the crease. Or for something more complex, you can have your stories printed with a hardcover.
8. Learn a new recipe
Learn a new recipe together or teach your kiddos how to make one of their favorite foods. Try a new cookie recipe or teach them how to make mom's famous grilled cheese sandwiches for a fun (and delicious) activity.
9. Teach your dog a new trick
Look up how to teach your dog a new trick and try it together. Help your kids teach your dog the trick, and let them reward their pup with treats. Remind your kids it will take time and patience. Stay consistent with teaching the trick several times a week until your dog masters it. This will provide a sense of accomplishment not only for your family dog, but for your kids as well.
10. Do morning exercises
Many kids love mimicking their parents - they aren't making fun of you, they just want to be exactly like you! Let your kids join you during your morning run or yoga session. Having your children join you can even give you the motivation you need to keep it up.
11. Create a memory book
Drive around town and take pictures of your favorite places. Take a photo of your kids in front of their school, the local park, your kid's favorite restaurant and other favorite places. Compile the photos in a memory book. You and your kids will love flipping through the pictures while you remember the good times you shared.
Kids love spending time with you. Set aside the electronics once in a while and do something together — those are the memories they'll remember and treasure forever.