This spring, we’ve been putting more focus on mental health! This past year has definitely been a different one, and we are looking at ways to better support girls with their mental health. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our time spent behind our screens has increased between working from home, virtual school, and connecting with loved ones from a distance. Increased screen-time can make us feel mentally drained and can be bad for our eyes over time, so it’s important to try to take screen-free breaks throughout the day and avoid spending more than a few hours consecutively in front of the screen.

To help combat this, lifetime Girl Scout and Occupational Therapy Doctorate student, Alyssa, came up with a round-up of activity ideas for you and your family to engage in that are safe and screen-free! We’ve also created a Bingo card to help you keep track of some of the activities that you’re doing!

Get active 

  • Have an impromptu dance party 
  • Create an obstacle course out of furniture or other household items 

Game on! 

  • Have a family board game night. Don’t own any board games? Try creating your own! 
  • Play active games such as tag, hide and seek, Simon says, charades, etc. 
  • Have a “minute to win it” inspired game challenge 
  • Learn a new card game or play an old favorite
  • Engage in brain games like word searches, crossword puzzles, and sudoku 
  • Create your own scavenger hunt
  • Solve a puzzle

Spend time outdoors

  • Stargaze. Can you find any constellations? 
  • Watch the clouds. What shapes do you see?
  • Go for a walk
  • Play with bubbles
  • Play outside
  • Have a picnic lunch

Get creative

  • Create a craft. Pinterest has 100’s of simple ideas! 
  • Make origami 
  • Cook or bake something new with your family 
  • Do a fun science experiment such as elephant toothpaste, Alka-Seltzer rockets, or slime. 
  • Color 
  • Create your own skit 
  • Write a song or practice a musical instrument
  • Learn a new skill 
  • Create Mad-libs

Take time to relax

  • Have a spa night
  • Have a tea party
  • Read a favorite book
  • Do yoga
  • Make home-made ice cream in a bag 

Download Printable Bingo Card