Does your family spend too much time plugged into technology? Go screen-free with these fun family activities! Pulling the Plug on technology strengthens relationships. These tips will help pull the plug and go screen-free!
Pulling the Plug on Technology by Going Screen-Free
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If your family is like ours, then you are on your phone, computer, or gaming system way too much! The other day I asked the boys to watch Tony for me. They took him upstairs with them and they plugged themselves into a game they were playing… Something told me to go check Tony (read more about it here).
After that experience, I knew it was time for our family to pull the plug on so much technology! Pulling the plug on technology strengthened our relationships with each other and we have so much fun with one another rather than staring at a screen!
We have 50+ fun and interactive activities you can do with your family and go Screen-Free!
With Summer here it is the perfect time to Pull the Plug on Technology and connect as a family- have more family time!
How to Pull the Plug on Technology: Screen-Free Tips
Pulling the plug on technology might seem overwhelming! I get it! I mean I spend hours a day staring at my computer working. It does not have to be overwhelming though with these tips. So don’t be afraid to try and go screen-free! We can help you do it!
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Tips for Pulling the Plug on Technology: Go Screen-Free
Have Set Hours That Are Screen-Free
I am not suggesting you pull the plug on technology altogether. Technology is a good thing, don’t get me wrong on that. But, what I am suggesting is that you have technology-free hours so that you can connect. Our screen-free hours go from 6pm-9pm Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, they differ a little. Especially if we want to have a family movie night with each other. But the point is, we unplug from our individual devices and go screen-free and have family time.
Everyone knows these time parameters! Having a Disney Circle really helps with regulating screen time. I know how it goes, we have teenagers that are hard to regulate with screen-free time too.
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Brainstorm Ideas for Going Screen-Free as a Family
The best advice I can give you when it comes to going screen-free and connecting as a family is to brainstorm things you want to do as a family. Everyone. Not just Mom and Dady or the toddlers. What do you and your spouse want to do? What do the kids want to do?
When you involve everyone in the planning it makes everyone want to go screen-free. Making a Summer Bucket list is a great way to write all those activities down in one place!
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Talk up What You Will Do When You Are Screen-Free
Talk up the things you are going to do when you don’t have screens available! No teen or tween is going to willingly shout for joy when you say we are unplugging from technology and going screen-free. But if you talk up what you are going to do they will start to get excited as well! Especially if you have planned a specific activity they are interested in or helped plan. You might not think so, but your teen likes family time too!
Screen-Free Activities To Help You Have More Family Time
-Go on a Picnic
-Play Board Games
-Play a Kickball Together
-Play Four Square
-Draw on the Driveway with Sidewalk Chalk
-Go to a Local Park and Fly Kites
-Go Berry Picking
-Play Baseball Together
-Feed the Ducks
-Go Outside and Play Wiffleball
-Crank Up the Music and Have a Dance-Off or Dance Party
-Have Sidewalk chalk Drawing Competitions
-Read a Book Together
-Play in the Backyard
-Build an Obstacle Course
-Plan your Next Big Vacation
-Make Some Slime
-Go on a Hike
-Plan an Act of Kindness and Go and Do it for a Neighbor or Friend
-Do some Mad Libs
-Study and Learn a New Language
-Swing on the Swings at the Park
-Have a Cooking Competition
–Decorate cookies and eat them
-Try a New Craft
-Color in a Coloring Book
-Make Snow Cones
-Go on a Family Walk
-Play a Card Game
-Listen to Some Music and Deep Clean One Room in the House
-Play Truth or Dare
-Play Hide and Go Seek
-Start a Garden
– Make Homemade ice cream
–Camp under the stars in your backyard
-Just talk and Laugh with One Another
-Go to the Park and Play on the Playground Together
-Go to a Sporting Event
-Take a Trip to the Waterpark/ Splash Park
-Cook Dinner as a Family
More Screen-Free Activities
-Clean Out Your Closet
-Build a Fort
-Try an Art Class (like clay or painting)
-Go on a Picture Scavenger Hunt
-Go on a Bike Ride
-Make a Homemade Birdfeeder with a Pinecone and Peanut Butter and Seeds
-Go to the Library
-Run Through the Sprinklers
-Go Camping in the Backyard
-Sleep on the Trampoline
-Gaze at the Stars
-Build with Legos
-Write a Letter to a Friend or Family Member
Once you unplug from technology and go screen-free you start having fun with each other with more family time, it is easier to forget about work and what you need to do. It is easier for the kids to forget about the latest video craze that is happening. The kids now look forward to technology-free and screen-free hours because they know we are doing something fun as a family! Unplugging puts the focus back on what is truly important, family time!
What are you going to do when you unplug and have more screen-free family time?
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!