Your phone buzzes in your pocket, the tv is on in another room, a laptop is open on the counter, and one of your kids is playing a game on a tablet. Is that what it’s like around your house? For many people, it’s the scene from a normal modern day. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing. That laptop might be open because you’re finding a new recipe that’s yummy and nutritious. The tablet game your child is playing could be a spelling challenge that’s introducing him to new words. There are so many benefits to technology, but the truth is sometimes the family needs to unplug. As in – EVERYTHING TURNED OFF. No distractions. Just the family spending time together laughing, telling stories, and creating wonderful memories. Remember the things you used to do as a kid? That’s what we’re talking about today. Here are some suggestions for how to unplug and have some good, old-fashioned family fun.
Every season has its own unique, fun outdoor activities. Plus, getting outside usually equals exercise – something we could all use a little more of. (One of the most negative aspects of how much tech we all use is too much sitting!) So get out and hike, bike, ski, play frisbee golf, swim, climb trees, rollerblade, play catch, roll down a hill…. whatever it is that your family loves to do outside, have some fun!
Play Board Games.
No matter how old your kids are, there’s always some board game they’re going to love playing with you. Hours of fun can be had without any new technology. Just some dice, cards, playing pieces, and the whole family laughing at the twists and turns the games take.
Make a Cake.
Baking any of your family’s favorite goodies can be super fun, and also surprisingly educational. No matter how young they are, your kids can be learning about measuring, mixing, following a recipe, and kitchen safety. They’re learning some valuable life skills, you’re all working together, and you get tasty treats at the end!
Build a Fort.
Your kids might already love building forts, but think how surprised they’ll be when mom and dad want to make one big enough for them to hang out in, too! Read books or tell stories as you hunker down in your hideaway. The kids will never forget it.
Write Some Letters.
Letter writing is becoming a lost art. Everyone loves to get mail from a friend or relative – especially when it’s unexpected. So sit down and write a simple sweet note to someone, just to put a smile on their face when they open their mailbox. If your kids are too little to write, then a drawing would make grandma’s day.
Whether it’s a super simple craft project or something that’s going to take a few days to make, a family project can be rewarding and fun. Wouldn’t your kids love to sit outside on a little picnic table that they helped build? If that sounds way too challenging, how about sewing some hand puppets together? Crafting presents for the holidays is also a really great way to spend time together and avoid the stress of the mall.
Take a Class.
Have you always wanted to try making pottery? Your tween would probably think that’s pretty cool, too. How about family yoga or meditation? Let all the stress melt away. There are classes about almost anything that your family might be interested in. Not only is it an awesome way for the family to do something together, since you’re all experiencing something for the very first time, you are all beginners and can help each other learn.
We hope that something in this list gets your whole family excited to unplug! Pick a date on the calendar and have yourselves some good, old-fashioned family fun!
Have ideas of your own? Please share them in the comments!