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101 Things to Do Other Than Screen Time

Used with permission.

101 things to do other than screen time. The following list was previously printed on a bookmark that Media Talk 101 would give away. The suggestions came from teens from across the country.

Spiritual Growth

  1. Talk with God (pray)
  2. Read the Bible
  3. Start or join a Bible study
  4. Memorize a Bible verse each week
  5. Spend some time thinking about what good things God has done in your life
  6. Tell others about Jesus
  7. Seek God for direction about your future
  8. Write in a journal
  9. Pray for a missionary
  10. Live your life today as Christ would want

Physical Health

  1. Go for a run
  2. Go swimming
  3. Play sports with friends
  4. Play ultimate frisbee
  5. Ride a bike
  6. Take a walk
  7. Go skateboarding
  8. Go snowboarding
  9. Go ice skating
  10. Jump on a trampoline

Real Social Networking

  1. Pray for each other
  2. Play a board game
  3. Sit around a campfire
  4. Find an accountability partner
  5. Mentor someone that you can help out
  6. Write letters to family and friends
  7. Read to children
  8. Send a care package to someone who could use encouragement
  9. Show kindness to someone new at school
  10. Speak out on things that are right

Personal Development

  1. Learn to juggle
  2. Visit a local park or nature preserve
  3. Plant a garden
  4. Practice hospitality
  5. Read classic books
  6. Get used to having some quiet in your life
  7. Use and practice the talents God has given you
  8. Learn sign language
  9. Learn to play an instrument
  10. Learn a foreign language


  1. Research your family history
  2. Do your chores
  3. Clean your room
  4. Read to a younger sibling
  5. Play a board game with your family
  6. Spend more time with your family
  7. Mow the lawn
  8. Play with your siblings
  9. Help dad and mom
  10. Clean the garage


  1. Go on a mission trip
  2. Serve at a homeless shelter
  3. Visit shut-ins
  4. Visit orphanages and spend time with orphans
  5. Visit nursing homes or elderly people in assisted living and talk with them or sing for them
  6. Bake cookies for your neighbors
  7. Get a world map and pray for each country
  8. Raise money for a missionary
  9. Be kind to someone who is unkind to you
  10. Visit someone in the hospital

The Rest of the List (miscellaneous)

  1. Build a tree house
  2. Do an art project
  3. Jump rope
  4. Climb a tree
  5. Read to someone at a children’s hospital
  6. Walk the dog
  7. Go fishing
  8. Play Bible trivia
  9. Tutor someone
  10. Walk around your neighborhood helping people
  11. Scrapbook
  12. Wash the car
  13. Plant a flower
  14. Sing
  15. Go to the park
  16. Write music
  17. Write out your salvation testimony
  18. Go bowling
  19. Have a yard sale and give proceeds to those in need
  20. Cheer up a friend
  21. Pick up trash in town or neighborhood
  22. Write a book
  23. Help an elderly neighbor
  24. Study for college
  25. Work on scholarships
  26. Visit Grandma and Grandpa and help around the house
  27. Help clean at church
  28. Give to others in need
  29. Encourage others
  30. Write a devotional book
  31. Take a Bible course
  32. Do laundry for Mom
  33. Look at the stars
  34. Help teach a Sunday School class or children’s church
  35. Praise God in everything you do everyday
  36. Get outside for some fresh air
  37. Memorize a Psalm or a Proverb
  38. Write a poem to share with others
  39. Treat someone to breakfast in bed
  40. Write to the President
  41. Take a trip to the Zoo

From Media Talk 101 (www.mediatalk101.org). Phillip Telfer, 2024. Used with permission (4/2024).

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