11 Fun Family-Friendly Activities (That Don't Involve Wi-Fi!)

11 Fun Family-Friendly Activities (That Don't Involve Wi-Fi!)

There are endless amounts of fun to be had without electronics or even Wifi. For generations, families have been finding ways to entertain themselves over the holidays, summer vacation, or just making memories at home.

Next time your family is looking for something to do, onsider earning a classic schoolyard game, teaching little kids how to put together easy puzzles, or building a fortress out of boxes -- rather than relying on a screen for entertainment. Here are a few awesome activities for the entire family to enjoy.

1. Craft Kits

Craft kits are great because you don't have to track down a bunch of supplies. Everything you need is included inside. You can make everything from woodcrafts like birdhouses to superhero accessories. This is a great activity for a rainy day or for when you want to keep your kids occupied and relatively calm.

2. Stoplight

Stoplight is a classic game that requires absolutely no equipment. All you need is a player who acts as the "stoplight" and at least two players acting as the "cars." The object of the game is to be the car that gets to the stoplight first, without running the red light. The stoplight yells out "red light" or "green light." The cars start at a distance of about 15 feet away from the stoplight. Start your engines!

3. Charades

Charades is a fun and interactive game for all ages. Everything you need will probably be somewhere around the house. You'll need blank notecards to write down clues and a timer. Split the group into two teams and have each team secretly write down clues and gives them to the other team. Each player gets a turn to choose from the clues and act out the word. If your team guesses your clue, you get the point. The team with the most points wins.

4. Storytime

Set a timer for 60 seconds and have one person begin a story. Then, the next person continues where that person left off, making it up as you go along. This is a great activity to improve listening skills and encourage creativity.

5. Baking

Enjoy baking? Get the kids involved! Steps can be broken down and tasks can be assigned to kids. From measuring, mixing, to taste testing (the most popular job), you can work together to create something delicious and learn a bit of math in the process.

6. Obstacle Courses

An active body is just as important as an active mind. Learning can be exciting and engaging! Set up an obstacle course with different obstacle stations around the house. Create a burpees area or a spot where participants must balance on one foot for 30 seconds. Planning out the stations is half the fun. Get creative and let the sports games begin!

7. Board Game Night

For this activity, each family member chooses a board game. From sports board games to animal planet games, there is a board game for everyone. Take turns playing everyone's game and keep score. Make this a weekly or monthly tradition in your house to promote quality time together.

8. American Idol: Family Edition

American Idol -- but with no TV needed! YOU are the stars of the show. Everyone has a special skill or talent, so why not show it off? Can you balance a spoon on your nose or build easy puzzles while wearing mittens? The wackier, the better! Be sure to establish a few judges to rate your talents, too.

9. Fort Buildling

You can make a fort out of literally anything from around the house. Use your dining room table and old bedsheets or stack boxes on top of one another for an impromptu solution. There are endless possibilities in creating some epic forts. Let your imagination run wild! Don't forget to bring in a basket full of flashlights, books, easy puzzles, and snacks so you can take refuge.

10. Puzzles

Whether you've got easy puzzles or some more difficult ones, there's arguably no better way to spend time together than this. From a 300 piece jigsaw puzzle to one big jigsaw puzzle, there are puzzles for all skill and ability levels. Puzzles have been shown to have many benefits, including developing problem-solving skills and improving hand-eye coordination.

11. Scavenger Hunt

Everyone loves a scavenger hunt! Create a list of items or tasks that can be done around the house (e.g. put together two easy puzzles or find specific foods from the fridge), and the first person to complete everything on the list correctly gets a prize.

With all of these activities to try out, your family probably won't even miss scrolling on social media or watching endless commercials on a screen. Keep these options in mind for weekends, rainy evenings, or summer vacations to keep everyone learning and excited about spending time together.