Boys LOVE fire! Am I right?! I bet I got your attention with this suggestion; send your son in the back yard to start a fire! I promise that will get him off his game! Do you have a fire pit? An inexpensive one from the home improvement store will work great and it is about half the cost of a video game. I promise you will get plenty of use out of it!
Collecting sticks and building a fire is entertainment for your son. Developmental benefits? You bet. Fire is a universal conversation starter for boys. It gets their dopamine going and as it ignites their love of adventure and danger putting them in a good mood and maybe even opening up to you in the process. If you want to get them even more interested, don’t give them any matches, give them flint and steal instead to start the fire. You need to hang out for this one, but let them tend to the fire if they are old enough. You will have to supervise your young boys but this activity is for all ages. Like announcing a trip to the mall for your daughters, announcing that you need someone to build a fire in your back yard will get your boys unplugged and running outside!