My oldest son is a Fortnite feen. Yes, feen. He loves to play Fortnite all day and if he’s not playing it then he’s watching Fortnite videos on YouTube. And if he’s not watching videos about it then he’s talking about it *insert huge dramatic eye roll*.
I get it. It’s 2018 and video games are a part of many kid’s lives, but too much of anything is not good for you.
When I noticed that all he was doing was playing Fortnite I decided to implement limits. So now video games are only played on the weekend and he is allowed 1.5 hour in the a.m. (granted his morning routine is complete) and 1.5 hour in the p.m. These limits can go up if he’s had a great week and handled all his business the way I expect and down if he hasn’t.
*It should be noted that the limits can also go up if I just need an off day. Go! Play all the Fortnite you want, just let me rest!
That being said, I thought it would be nice to get a list together of some things for your little ones to do instead of playing, watching or talking about Fortnite.
- Go outside to the park
- Education.com (paid website with activities for kids from preschool to 5th grade-totally worth it)
- Build something out of Legos
- Play some Games – Pie Face, Mancala, Uno, Jenga, Bop It, etc.
- Ride a bike, scooter, skateboard, skates
- Go to a skating rink
- Find a pool, indoors if it’s cold
- Family Movie Night
- Onesie Party
- Canvas Painting (Pinterest has super cute, kid-friendly ideas)
- Bake something yummy
- Learn a language together
- Find a pen pal – this article can steer you in the right direction
- Write a letter to a family member
- Clean! Somebody’s gotta do it
- Cook a new dish together
- Make a paper airplane and then have a paper airplane distance contest
- Make Slime
- Go to the library, check out some books
- Children’s Museum
- Feed the ducks at a nearby lake
- Plan a staycation – Get a hotel downtown and live it up!
- PILLOW FIGHT!!!
- Nerf Gun War – for added fun, build a whole course in the backyard
- Make popsicles
- Throw a football, hit a baseball, kick a soccer ball
- Make a video – youtube, music
- Science Projects
- Go check out a trampoline park
Yes, some of these things require you putting down your phone or laptop and getting in on the fun, but unplugging can be nice.
I hope these ideas can help you and your Fortnite lover and add more to the comments. Let’s keep building this list.