In the book, The Von Awesome Family in a Digital Daze, seven-and-a-half-year-old Zoey was frustrated with her family’s addiction to technology. She wanted someone to play with her! Does this sound familiar to your house?
Together, the Von Awesome family set some guidelines for limiting screen time in their family. If your family is working on setting screen time limits, you probably already know that it takes intention to make the change stick.
Whether you’re planning coming activities in your calendar or looking for a spontaneous activity today, these 20 ideas will help you unplug and spend time on family relationships.
- Visit a local farm or cheese factory.
- Play with Legos. Make a challenge to build an object or a type of building.
- Volunteer in the community together. Check with your local animal shelter to see if it has opportunities to volunteer as a family.
- Do an art project together. Search a site such as Family Fun Magazine age-appropriate for ideas.
- Do a puzzle. If it is large, find a place where you can leave it out for a few days to continue working.
- Compile a list of all of the parks with playgrounds in your community. Make a fun checklist together and then make a plan to visit each one. Plan a way to celebrate after you complete your list.
- Visit the local library with a purpose. Plan to find books on a theme or to research a topic. Then look through the books together—either at the library or at home later.
- Write a letter. Grandparents and relatives love to get letters! You could also write a letter to a friend, a celebrity, a state representative or even to the president.
- Build a blanket fort. Decide on how long (hours or days) it will be allowed to stay up before you begin, then take it down together when the time is up.
- Have a backyard campfire with s’mores.
- Teach your children a game you played as a kid – kick the can, sardines, tag, capture the flag.
- Wash the car together.
- Go for a bike ride and stop for ice cream.
- Make a family bucket list of things you would like to do in the next year. Share ideas freely and then narrow it down to a list you know you can accomplish in one year. Hang it up on the refrigerator and check off as you do things.
- Learn about a different culture and plan an international dinner.
- Put together a scavenger hunt or a treasure hunt.
- Read out loud to each other. Let family members take turns choosing the next book to read.
- Fly a kite. If you’re super creative, make a kite and then see if it flies.
- Sort the toy box and make a donation to a local charity.
- Play a board game that hasn’t been touched in a long time. Or, add a new twist on the rules to a game you’ve played a million times.
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Andrea Gribble is the author of “The Von Awesome Family In A Digital Daze”, available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. Her book helps kids understand why technology balance is important from a child’s perspective. Find resources to help your family at www.AndreaGribble.com.