Ideas to Celebrate National Unplugging Day – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast
Today is National Unplugging Day, so I’m going to do some activities that families can use to get away from technology and get connected in a fun and creative way. 95% of teenagers have smartphones and children’s ages 8-12 spend an average of 4-6 hours a day on random screens and teenagers spend up to 9 hours a day, and the the average American spends up to 7 a.m. on technology, so unplugging for a short time could increase family online time.
One of the benefits of hooking up for family connection is that it allows families to make simple connections and often that’s when our kids really talk to us without having a screen.
Creative ideas for DIY activities:
- Board games – these are always a good option. The Family Meme Game, Uno, Go Fish, Sorry, Clue, literally any board game your family likes to play together.
- Art- No, you don’t have to be an artist to create art. Double Doodles (where you draw with both hands at the same time), paint simple shapes like dots or circles, shaving cream (yes, you can draw with your hands), sidewalk chalk (the positive messages are my favorite)
- Forts – build forts with sofa cushions, blankets and furniture and play inside. It’s so simple.
- Bake cookies from a tube, bake cupcakes, bake brownies from a box or even a family recipe. The connection is made in the kitchen.
- Go out – Literally, go out without your phone. Go for a walk, bike ride, stroll, play frisbee or catch.
Switch the language of “unplugging” from a no (punishment) to a yay (privilege). Unplugging should not be felt as a limit or a punishment. It can actually be quite liberating. So if the thought of unplugging for the day scares you, start with an hour and watch the positive impact it has on your family.
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