100 Screen-free ways to beat boredom

April 15, 2020

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Pocket your smartphone, put away your tablet, and unplug your games console! This book is the perfect screen-free boredom-buster for when you’re trapped indoors.

With the children home for an extended period of time, I, like other parents have been looking at ways to entertain, occupy and keep them out of mischief. Whilst technology can play a part in our lives in shouldn’t be the first thing that we reach for when we hear those dreaded words…

“Mum, I’m bored!’

Thankfully, we have been sent a copy of 100 screen-free ways to beat boredom – a fantastic book to help fend off boredom whilst keeping the children occupied and creative, all whilst not staring a screen!

100 Screen-free ways to beat boredom

Packed with activity ideas and step-by-step projects, this book proves you don’t need a lot of special materials, toys or planning to have a great time away from the screen. With activities, games and crafts to do around the home, outdoors or on the move, you’ll never run out of screen-free ways to beat boredom!

Split across three categories of at home, outdoors and on the move. It is packed full of different ideas, activities, games and creatives things that the children can get involved in. All in a bid to beat boredom. Although some of the activities are not practical at the moment due to social distancing, they are food for thought for the future.

It is a book that can be used by parents to set up activity ideas for their children. Or utilised by older children on their own or with siblings.

Boredom busting ideas

  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Start a herb garden
  • Build an obstacle course
  • Make napkin roses
  • Create an artful sandwich and lots more.

Our thoughts

A wonderful way for children to get out of their bored state. As well as an opportunity to learn through play and allow their creative flair to grow. Packed full of fun activities utilising things found around the house and garden. Prompting the children to utilise their imaginations and find pleasure in the things around them. As well as sharing the love by writing letters to friends and family members – sending happy post to brighten someone’s day.

Where can you buy 100 screen-free ways to beat boredom?

The 100 screen-free ways to beat boredom paperback book is available to buy from Amazon and all leading book retailers.

Win 100 screen-free ways to beat boredom

To help you fend off the boredom vibes from your children we are lucky enough to have an additional copy of 100 screen-free ways to beat boredom to giveaway.

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100 screen-free ways to beat boredom


  • fiona waterworth April 15, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    We actually limit the amount of time they can have technology and have loads of activities we get them doing

  • GooderDan April 15, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Drawing/colouring competitions always go down well in my house!

  • Solange April 15, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    We do lots of board games, puzzles, baking and arts and crafts.

  • Susie Wilkinson April 15, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Board games that include the whole family, so there’s no excuse not to join in!

  • J Matcham April 16, 2020 at 12:16 am

    I find it challenging to keep them away from screens particularly the tv. I try to make learning fun so by doing experiments in the kitchen nature hunts and so on. We do puzzles quizzes crafting and baking. I limited screen time to and use it as quiet time.

  • Rich Tyler April 16, 2020 at 3:01 am

    Drawing, crafts & play

  • Peter Watson April 16, 2020 at 8:27 am

    The best way to stay screen-free is to play outside,weather permitting.

  • Tracy Nixon April 16, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Enjoy some baking together! We are also making lolipops at the moment!

  • ashleigh allan April 16, 2020 at 9:08 am

    We set a limit and then try to do different activities e.g. baking, arts and crafts, board games and fitness

  • Ursula Hunt April 16, 2020 at 10:00 am

    We have a variety of board games and encourage them to play them with some reasonable success, we play with them so it is good family time

  • Lyndsey cooksey April 16, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I always encourage them to play a game, or doing a puzzle is good. It relaxes the mind

  • Eileen Hindley April 16, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Board games and arts and crafts πŸ™‚

  • Margaret Gallagher April 16, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    From baking to den making to quizzes and water play were keeping positive

  • Andrea Fletcher April 16, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    My grandson loves to colour, do lots of crafts and also enjoys gardening and baking.

  • Helen Tovell April 16, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    We are crafting, baking and going for walks

  • ellie spider April 16, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    we have been occupying ourselves with baking, paper crafts and gardening

  • claire woods April 18, 2020 at 10:05 am

    We all have watches that count our steps, so we have a competition to see who can do the most in a day. It makes us get outside and play games in the garden.

  • kathy cakebread April 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    This looks fun – I do lots of puzzles and read more mags

  • Julia Kerr April 18, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    We go out at least once a day normally, but now we are spending more time in the garden instead. If you are out there with them and joining in they are much more likely to enjoy it and not moan about screens

  • Victoria Jardine April 18, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    We’ve been filing our time with lots of baking, crafting, den building, getting outside wherever possible. Trying to minimise the screens, but it can be hard – particularly when the weather isn’t great.

  • Vikki Bowker April 18, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Actually getting down to their level and getting involved with the things they like doing works best – so if they’re building with the LEGO I will initially sit aside them and build something too and ask questions about their creations.

  • Natalie Burgess April 19, 2020 at 9:46 am

    We havehave a list of different crafts and activities and we try to do two each day xx

  • Jodie Green April 19, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Lots of crafting, reading and garden fun!

  • Helen Arlow April 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Lots of crafts and baking together x

  • Fiona jk42 April 19, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    I used to limit screen time during daylight hours, when I would encourage the kids to play outdoors if it was fine, or play board games if it was raining.

  • Lauren Porter April 20, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    We love jigsaw puzzles & drawing together πŸ™‚

  • Emma England April 22, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Getting outside, arts and crafts and baking are the best ways to keep them of a screen for me.

  • lynn neal April 23, 2020 at 9:30 am

    We like to play outdoors as much as possible and play ball games and bug hunting and then identify them and draw them!

  • Sheri Darby April 23, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    We do lots of crafts including baking

  • Patricia Barrett April 24, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    With the nicer weather (and isolation) we have been planting a lot of flowers and vegetables in our garden and watching how they grow over the weeks.

  • rachel eades April 25, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Board games and baking.

  • lorraine April 25, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    my son loves to draw so we spend a lot of time making cartoons and stories

  • Kay Broomfield April 26, 2020 at 8:23 am

    My children are very sporty so we are spending lots of time outside doing circuit training, sparring and shadow boxing

  • Claire Appleton April 26, 2020 at 8:31 am

    I have a large art box which is full of crafts great for all ages πŸ™‚

  • Mandy Doherty April 26, 2020 at 9:24 am

    My daughter has been baking and making a little cafe for my grandchildren to work in, they really love it

  • Sarah Austin April 26, 2020 at 9:53 am

    We are growing some sunflowers and vegetables

  • Geri Gregg April 26, 2020 at 10:44 am

    When I want my toddler to have less screen time (he doesn’t have much anyway) I encourage messy play and we do baking together x

  • A.E. ADKINS April 26, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Dens, water fights and messy stuff often seem to lure them away from their screens

  • Stephanie April 26, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    It’s very useful

  • Sean Eccles April 26, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    We encourage craft activities or play outside

  • kim neville April 26, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    my kids like board games, practicising gymnastics, trampoline and ball games

  • Tammy Neal April 26, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Gardening and baking x

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