I am so excited to be partnering with The Educators’ Spin On It and other fabulous blogs from the Kids Blogger Network for Screen-Free Week! I hope you can take the challenge with us and unplug from April 29 through May 5. If you’d like more information, please check out Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s “Celebrate Screen-Free Week”.
As I mentioned in my “Goals for Screen-Free Week”, my household will be participating with our own little “twists”. I have set goals for myself, as well as Engineer. I’m hoping this week will help us to “reset” and develop a plan of action for using screen-time more frugally.
Below, I’m sharing some ideas for Screen-Free Week. I hope this list inspires you and your family to step away from the television, the computer, the tablets, the smartphones, and the video games. If you try any of these ideas, I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below.
Be a Scientist!
Use Jell-O and vinegar to make colorful explosions – Make your own “flags” to explore the wind – Make crystal snowflakes (or other shapes) with borax – Experiment with water and oil – Explore the inside of fruits and vegetables – Make a mess with shaving cream and cornstarch – More science activities for kids
Be an Artist!
Draw pictures for Marines (or other servicemen and women)- Create Styrofoam sculptures – Paint with natural items – Explore circles – Use fruit to make prints – Create a patchwork elephant based on Elmer – Paint self-portraits – More painting projects for kids
Be Authors Together!
Make a book about the farm – Use art and book-making to tell The Gingerbread Man story – Use Post-Its to label the house – Create Name Books – Write and draw together – Make a book about silly monsters – Write secret messages – Hold a taste test and record the results
Read a Book! (some affiliate links have been added for your convenience)
Create a Sensory Bin!
On top of all those fun ideas, we have a blog hop just for Screen-Free Week! Come on by and check out what others are sharing between now and May 12.