How to entertain yourself without objects

How to entertain yourself without objects

We are part of a generation that is GLUED to their phones. If it’s not Snapchat, it’s Instagram, and so on. Here are some easy ways to keep yourself going without a screen. It’s easy, I promise. Buckle in, and here is your cleanse!

How to entertain yourself without objects

1. Read a Book.

A good book is a remedy for the mind to be occupied. To read a book is the perfect way to get you through a day. Without your phone, you’ll be so invested in the second life you’re leading through another writer’s eyes. You won’t miss your phone!

2. Take a Bath.

Taking a bath is a good way to give yourself some TLC, and not to forget to remind yourself that you’re a bad BITCH and you love that body you’re in. We don’t need social media bringing us down 24/7. Taking a bath is good for the mind, and the body. So get a lush bath bomb, a hot bath will help you to just kick back and relax.

How to entertain yourself without objects

3. Observe your surroundings and people.

People watching is actually a great thing to do. Sit down in a coffee shop, a restaurant, a park and observe. Observe how people are living their lives, do they seem happy? If people are happy, why are they so happy? Make up a little story about the people you see, and the surroundings. Be the writer of your own life for one day, and enjoy it. We sometimes forget to appreciate everything when we are glued to our phones, so allow yourself to remember that.

4. Meditate.

Meditation is a great way to wind down and to allow yourself to detox from life. We need to remember to breathe when things get really tough, or stressful. Get some relaxing music, leave your phone somewhere on Do Not Disturb and allow yourself to remember how beautiful life can be without a screen glaring in your face. Meditation will allow you to get in touch with a more relaxed side of yourself and it will give you a new insight into life. Life is hard and you need to remember how to detox yourself from all the bad things and focus on all the brilliant things around you.

How to entertain yourself without objects

5. Bake.

Baking is something that you can’t go wrong with. I mean, you’re occupied AND you’ve got food to keep you going. You can get inventive, and try recipes that you haven’t delved into. The Great British Bake off is perfect for inspiration, and you can imagine you’re in those signature and technical challenges with everybody. But really, it’ll help you find a new hobby and maybe new bakes that you really love and you really love making.

Phones are a huge part of our lives, and we need to remember that sometimes it’s really good to just put your phone down, and enjoy life. It can be hard to remember that things aren’t as perfect as they look on the internet, so focus on your own life. Did this help you? Tell me how you remember to appreciate life without your phones. Do you use your phone too much? Tell me some ways below that you stop yourself from being glued to your phone when you need a break from it.

If you feel that your phone is taking over your life then keep yourself plodding on and do not to let it get to your head.

Remember that life is all about how you’re living it so change your lifestyle when it is due. Life can be a lot nicer when you can sit through a conversation or a meal without being glued to your phone like most people are now.

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How to entertain yourself without objects

We are part of a generation that is GLUED to their phones. If it’s not Snapchat, it’s Instagram, and so on. Here are some easy ways to keep yourself going without a screen. It’s easy, I promise. Buckle in, and here is your cleanse!

How to entertain yourself without objects

1. Read a Book.

A good book is a remedy for the mind to be occupied. To read a book is the perfect way to get you through a day. Without your phone, you’ll be so invested in the second life you’re leading through another writer’s eyes. You won’t miss your phone!

2. Take a Bath.

Taking a bath is a good way to give yourself some TLC, and not to forget to remind yourself that you’re a bad BITCH and you love that body you’re in. We don’t need social media bringing us down 24/7. Taking a bath is good for the mind, and the body. So get a lush bath bomb, a hot bath will help you to just kick back and relax.

How to entertain yourself without objects

3. Observe your surroundings and people.

People watching is actually a great thing to do. Sit down in a coffee shop, a restaurant, a park and observe. Observe how people are living their lives, do they seem happy? If people are happy, why are they so happy? Make up a little story about the people you see, and the surroundings. Be the writer of your own life for one day, and enjoy it. We sometimes forget to appreciate everything when we are glued to our phones, so allow yourself to remember that.

4. Meditate.

Meditation is a great way to wind down and to allow yourself to detox from life. We need to remember to breathe when things get really tough, or stressful. Get some relaxing music, leave your phone somewhere on Do Not Disturb and allow yourself to remember how beautiful life can be without a screen glaring in your face. Meditation will allow you to get in touch with a more relaxed side of yourself and it will give you a new insight into life. Life is hard and you need to remember how to detox yourself from all the bad things and focus on all the brilliant things around you.

How to entertain yourself without objects

5. Bake.

Baking is something that you can’t go wrong with. I mean, you’re occupied AND you’ve got food to keep you going. You can get inventive, and try recipes that you haven’t delved into. The Great British Bake off is perfect for inspiration, and you can imagine you’re in those signature and technical challenges with everybody. But really, it’ll help you find a new hobby and maybe new bakes that you really love and you really love making.

Phones are a huge part of our lives, and we need to remember that sometimes it’s really good to just put your phone down, and enjoy life. It can be hard to remember that things aren’t as perfect as they look on the internet, so focus on your own life. Did this help you? Tell me how you remember to appreciate life without your phones. Do you use your phone too much? Tell me some ways below that you stop yourself from being glued to your phone when you need a break from it.

If you feel that your phone is taking over your life then keep yourself plodding on and do not to let it get to your head.

Remember that life is all about how you’re living it so change your lifestyle when it is due. Life can be a lot nicer when you can sit through a conversation or a meal without being glued to your phone like most people are now.

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Wow so many great ideas I will be using this as a guide for my future events

I’m so glad it helped. It’s really been nice to follow these guidelines and feel safe while we gather.

So many great ideas to keep the party going!

Agreed! It’s so important now especially to continue safely socializing for our mental health!

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How to entertain yourself without objects

Winter break is upon us, so you know what that means: last-minute holiday shopping, travel preparations, and children bouncing off the walls awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus.

If you’ve already made arrangements for your little ones, kudos to you. The rest of us have to figure out ways to get a gang of tasks done in a limited amount of time, and keeping children entertained and out of the way is not always an easy feat. And if you’re crunched for cash or too busy to think outside the box, your options may seem limited.

But don’t fret. Here are some activities I’ve used over the years to keep my two kids busy, whether it be for the holidays, spring break, or over summer vacation:

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1. Plant Flowers

This idea was inspired by a Jack and the Beanstalk project my youngest son completed in preschool recently. Each of the children planted their own beanstalk seed in a cup and tracked its progress over a few weeks.

My son really seemed to enjoy caring for his plant, so we decided to do the same at home one day when the kids were bored. It required a small investment in a bag of soil, and I allowed the boys to pick what they wanted to grow, but I only spent a few dollars to keep them occupied for an hour. If you have gardening supplies in the garage and use seeds you have on hand — for instance, seeds scooped out from that pumpkin you used for pie — then it won’t cost a thing.

2. Family Game or Movie Night

Our definition of family fun is not heading to the Family Fun Center and spending $40 or more to entertain the boys (and this doesn’t even include food). They’ve asked to go a few times, and I’ve only fulfilled those requests when a friend was having a birthday party or special event. Otherwise, we either select a game from our stash or a movie from Netflix, pop a bag of popcorn, and enjoy each other’s company without spending a dime.

3. Write Books

My husband is a children’s book author, so it’s not uncommon to find manuscripts with colorful images around our home. Recently, my oldest son decided he wanted to write a book like Dad, so I encouraged him and it turned out great. (We hope to publish it soon.) Now, we all sit down and write cute children’s books at least once per week, and even the youngest, who can’t read yet, joins the fun with colorful pictures.

4. Neighborhood Bike Ride

Burn off a few of those holiday calories and inhale some fresh air while riding around the neighborhood on bicycles with your children. It’s also a great way to help the kids burn off some of their excess energy and get fit.

5. Arrange a Play Date

Each time I bring my oldest son on grocery trips, we always seem to run into a friend with just as much energy and a mother desperate to find ways to burn it off. It’s a match made in heaven, and we usually arrange a time to meet up at the community park and have a play date.

6. Arts and Crafts

I don’t know one child who doesn’t enjoy letting their creative juices flow through an arts and crafts session. We keep a box of our children’s favorite materials — including construction paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, and scissors — handy when we’re in a crunch and need to occupy their time for a few minutes. On most occasions, they’re hooked for hours, and we usually join the fun.

7. Picnic

Skip the golden arches and any of the other fast-food spots and whip out the picnic basket instead. Load it up with a few sandwiches, drinks, and healthy snacks and head to the park for a family picnic. You’ll have a meal and play area in one, and save money otherwise spent watching your kids scarf down an unhealthy meal.

8. Hide and Go Seek

This may require you to put on your running shoes and head outdoors in the blazing heat or frigid air, but your kids will have a blast. And if your home is large enough and you don’t mind little ones running around, you may be able to play inside.

9. Live Entertainment

When was the last time you checked the local paper’s entertainment section for free events? If it’s been awhile, get in the habit of staying abreast of all the kid-friendly activities in your area.

10. Paint Pictures

In our home, we’ve created a “gallery” in the hallway near the children’s bedroom. It’s decorated with artistic masterpieces made at school and during our frequent arts and crafts sessions.

11. Math Competition

It’s always fun to throw an activity into the mix that reinforces what your children have been learning in school. My oldest son loves multiplication, so we often have “friendly” math competitions that incorporate tough problems. The first person to complete the problem wins a treat; I usually slow things down for the sake of my son’s feelings.

12. Hiking

Are you near a trail or some other cool element of nature? If so, strap up your hiking shoes and pay these venues a visit. Also, there are a host of national parks to choose from, and those with a nominal fee offer free admission days throughout the year.

13. Bake a Cake (or Cookies)

The point of this activity is not to hype your kids up with sugar-based treats, but rather to help them learn patience, how to follow instructions, and develop skills in the kitchen. Let them experiment with cookie cutters, multicolored cake mix, frosting, and sprinkles, among other things.

14. Create a Racetrack

If you have small boys in your home, they probably enjoy Tonka trucks and Matchbox cars. Instead of buying an expensive track for them, stick colored duct tape to the carpet to accomplish the same objective.

15. Indoor Camping

I’m a bit freaked out by the thought of sleeping outdoors. But that doesn’t stop us from going camping. We just set up the tent indoors and roast the s’mores in the microwave. Mission accomplished.

16. Build a Fort

Don’t have a tent? Even better. Gather up pillows, blankets, sheets, and chairs from around the house and help your kids design and build a fort. The process is half the fun, but they’ll enjoy hanging out in their new hideout afterward, too.

By Sanya Pelini, Ph.D.

Published on: September 09, 2020

How to entertain yourself without objects

At some point in time, every parent must deal with a bored kid. It’s a hard situation to get around, especially as it’s always assumed that parents are somehow “guilty” of failing to entertain our kids and must, therefore, respond solicitously to every “I’m bored!” complaint.

Bored kids are a real bore, and they express their boredom in different ways, ranging from restlessness, hyperactivity, clinginess and whining behaviors to avoiding situations (examples: homework, school activities) or people they associate with boredom. But there’s good news: Letting children wallow in boredom can help them foster creativity and autonomy.

Increasing evidence suggests that the more children are left alone, the more they learn to make their own decisions; and, furthermore, parents’ consistent interventions to alleviate their children’s boredom could be doing more harm than good.

The downside of letting your child get bored is that boredom can lead to frustration. Brock University professor Lauren McNamara, something of a boredom expert, says that rather than being left alone in a state of boredom, children need some sort of structure and ration of organized activities to best navigate unstructured time — without which frustration may increase. More simply stated, children require guidance, role models and activities that help structure unstructured time.

Message received: We can’t just let our kids get bored — we must provide some form of structure to help them fall in love with boredom. But how, exactly, do we go about that?

Allow me to suggest two strategies that can help you transform your kid’s boredom into moments and habits of creative self-sufficiency.

Encouraging your child to make the most of boredom means providing him with the right environment where he can engage in unstructured play.

Embrace constructive boredom

The first thing you need to remember (I say remember because you already know!) is that your kid’s boredom has nothing to do with having nothing to do. As the saying goes, boredom is simply a lack of imagination. So how do you turn your child’s lack of imagination into a moment of creative freedom and departure?

Encouraging your child to make the most of boredom means providing him with the right environment where he can engage in unstructured play. It means providing him with the resources he needs to imagine, think, make decisions, experiment or simply observe the world around him.

An easy way to do this is to play the brainstorm game with your kid. Come up with all the activities he can do, would love to do, or has an interest in, and print them out. Visual cards work especially well with kids, so try to find images that correspond to the ideas you come up with together. Remember to focus on the activities that require minimal intervention from an adult. Put the cards where your child can reach them and refer him to the cards any time he claims to be bored. Adding activity books or printouts of experiments and projects he can attempt could also help spark his creativity.

“Play planning” is also a great strategy to help your child kill boredom. It involves asking him to pick out several activities he would like to do during the day ahead and then referring him back to those choices when he claims to be bored. This can also be done on the eve of the day in question; this can give you time to plan and ensure that he has the tools and environment he needs when boredom inevitably strikes.

Kids are notorious for jumping from one activity to another at a frightening speed. Setting a fixed time for each activity can help them stick to one thing for more than a few minutes. One trick that appears to work more often than not is setting an alarm clock and letting them turn it off.

The fewer the toys, the better

Access to an overabundance of toys does not reduce your child’s boredom. A glut of toy options stifles her creativity and increases her need for external stimulation, and there’s abundant evidence to prove that. A daycare center in Germany made the bet that taking away all the toys in the center would help children learn important social skills, such as creativity and critical thinking. The daycare staff was advised to ignore all complaints of boredom. The experiment, which lasted three months, yielded an interesting result: When children were left with only the bare necessities, they found creative ways to spend their time. They engaged in roleplaying, constructed objects using sticks collected in the woods, learned to play together, and seemed more confident in their abilities than before.

While it hardly seems necessary to reproduce this experiment at home, metering your kid’s volume of and access to toys can help reduce boredom and spark creativity. But there are several things to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t get rid of your kid’s toys alone. Let her participate in selecting the toys she wants to keep and those she’s willing to let go.
  2. Expect resistance. Letting go of things we love is never easy. Explaining where the discarded toys will go (for example, if you’re donating them to other children in need) can help her come to terms with the decision. You can also rotate the toys to ensure that she gets a chance to play with all of them.
  3. Ditch your own unused toys. Okay, we don’t refer to our stuff as toys, but the objects and gadgets we amass are equivalent to our kids’ toys. Let your child see you jettison stuff you no longer use or need.
  4. Replace toys with creative alternatives. Where does creativity come from? Encourage curiosity and model the scientific method, i.e. how to test an inspiring idea through experimentation and any failures to ultimate discovery. Provide your kid with a small box filled with recycled materials — empty toothpaste tubes, milk and cereal boxes, bottle tops, newspapers and magazines, corks, pieces of thread, buttons, glue, etc., and see what she’ll come up with.

Do these options mean that the “I’m bored” claims will be put to rest? Not a chance. But they will help your child understand that he, not you, is responsible for dealing with his boredom.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in October 2019, and updated in September 2020.

Wow so many great ideas I will be using this as a guide for my future events

I’m so glad it helped. It’s really been nice to follow these guidelines and feel safe while we gather.

So many great ideas to keep the party going!

Agreed! It’s so important now especially to continue safely socializing for our mental health!

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We love our screens, but our brains (and eyes) need a break sometimes! Here are some our favorite, affordable screen-free activities you can do at home.

Phones, computers, TV, Zoom calls — screens make our lives so much easier (and fun). But it’s important for your health and mental wellbeing to take a break sometimes. How can you entertain yourself without technology, you ask? Turns out, it’s easy—you just need a few ideas to get you started!

1. Get lost!

One of the best ways to detach from screens is to go outside and get lost. Maybe not literally, but go for a walk and see where it takes you. It could be around the block, or maybe you’ll find a new passion for spending hours exploring all the trails at your local park or nature area. Either way, the fresh air, exercise, and natural, non-flickering sights will do you good.

2. Get lost … in a book

Instagram is great for hours of vicarious scrolling. But you can create even more vivid images in your mind with a good book that transports you far and wide. Browse bestsellers at your local bookstore, check out new ebooks online, or go to the library for the next great read. If you’re pressed for time, try an audiobook! They instantly turn dishwashing and laundry into storytime. Whether nonfiction, fantasy, or a beachy page-turner, the important part is to find something you love. You know a book is right for you when you find yourself tuning out the world around you.

3. Take up a new hobby

Sudoku and Solitaire will always be there. Try something new with your spare time! If you have paint laying around, get a canvas and try your hand at drip painting. Start a journal, learn to bake bread, sculpt a bowl, or solve a puzzle. Got kids? Pull out crafts that get them involved, too. Things like clay, sewing, paint-by-number, and making simple jewelry are great ways to keep the whole family engaged for hours.

4. Make a bucket list and start checking things off!

For the ultimate screen-free activities, write down all the things you’d like to do — which could be anything from chores and home improvement projects to activities you want to try or places you want to go. Don’t hesitate to let that list get long, either. The longer the list, the more options for when you need to take a break from technology. For bursts of screen-free time, start small and do what feels most soothing and doable, whether it’s organizing a closet, potting some plants, meditating, or yoga.

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Betta Flare by Nolan (POTM May 2014)

Bettas are one of the most wonderful fish in the aquatic world. They are personable, intelligent, colorful fish with long flowing fins. They remember you when you feed them or when you come near them.

Do you like to have fun with your betta?

Here are some tricks you can teach your betta.

1) Make your betta flare:

This one is very easy, you all know that when a male betta sees other male, they flare.

Place a mirror in front of your betta. Soon, you will see him flare – showing his beautiful fins, thinking that a rival betta is going to attack his territory. Sometimes this will also encourage him to build a bubble nest. This also makes a good exercise for his fins, but make sure not to do this more than 3-5 minutes a day because it can stress your betta.

2) Play with a ping pong ball:

Did you know bettas play soccer?!

Place a ping pong ball in your betta tank.

You will see the betta pushing the ball with it’s mouth – it looks like the betta is playing soccer 🙂

But make sure that the ball is aquarium safe. Clean it well before placing it in the tank.

Fish stores often sell these toys.

3) Make your betta jump:

Give a challenge to your betta every week when you feed them treats like bloodworms, etc.

Take a thin stick or coffee stirrer or a popsicle stick, attach some food to it. After that, sink the food in tank water and wiggle it so your betta smells and notices it. Keep the food 1cm away from the surface of water until your betta notices and jumps for it. It’s normal for them to jump because in the wild they jump for food and from puddle to puddle.

4) Hand feed your betta:

First, select a spot to feed your betta (feeding spot). The area should be free from disturbances and sudden movements like splashing, etc. as this scares the fish.

At first, just feed them as you regularly feed them but don’t move away so that they will get used eating while you are present.

After awhile, slowly hover your hand on top of water while they are eating food. This may take several attempts. After they get used to this, try to hand feed them by sticking some food between your thumb and forefinger and slowly placing your fingers in the water. They may not take the food straight away, but don’t force them to eat from your hand as you can lose all of the progress that you’re already made it through. Have patience as this final step may take several attempts.

Bettas are curious and love new things in their place.

Here are some toys that your betta may like.

How to entertain yourself without objects

Leaf Hammock by Cushnoc

Betta leaf hammocks:

These are one of the popular items. As you know, bettas like to rest. so, you can provide them this leaf hammock. They will definitely love this one. They like to rest on it.

Here is a link on how to make a betta leaf hammock: DIY Betta Leaf Hammock

How to entertain yourself without objects

Coconut Cave by Zach

A cave for your betta:

Bettas like to rest or hide in dark places. Fish stores often sell small, cute caves for bettas. Of course, you can also make your own small, cute coconut cave.

Here is a link on how to make a coconut cave: Make your own Coconut Cave

Floating betta log or ceramic betta log:

These are available in fish stores or online.there are two types one that floats and other is ceramic that sinks

Bettas use these logs to play, rest, to blow a bubblenest. etc.

The floating betta log has a feeding hole on top so you can feed them easily without tension that they sink to bottom.

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Special thanks to Vale who helped me in making this blog.