I’m not sure if you have heard about Screen-Free Week. It’s an annual celebration encouraging families to spend an entire week unplugged. Families are encouraged not just to unplug, but to look for fun, creative activities to do together to springboard a life style of less screen time. You can read more about it here.
We aren’t doing the full challenge this time. I was sick all last week with bronchitis (hence the reason I didn’t blog at all!), and I am still recovering. Unfortunately, being sick has meant way to much screen time for the munchkins lately. Screen-Free Week has definitely reminded me how much excess time we are all spending in front of screens. A few years ago we had a strict, “No tv during the week” policy, which I loved. I really want to get us back there!
So although we aren’t participating today, we will be starting the challenge tomorrow. I will still have some screen time for blog work, etc, but I’m going to try to keep it as limited as possible. After all, I know that I’m as guilty as anyone of spending to much time in front of screens!
Also, I know when it comes right down to it, my kids will find unplugging completely worth it if it means I’m more plugged in to them!
So what will we do unplugged?
- Play games
- Build forts/tents/castles
- Read lots of books
- Go to the park (we have LLL at the park this week AND a homeschool park day!)
- Play outside
- Write stories
- Play hide-and-seek
- Play with blocks