Easily Fill 48-hours With These 48 Family Activities!
As a blogger, the idea of stepping away from screens for an entire 48-hour period sounds like I’ve lost my mind. And, maybe I have, but if that’s the case, it’s because social media is driving me crazy.
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Some days I just can’t keep up with all the notifications, the emails, the comments, the Instagram loops, the Twitter follows.
Who am I kidding? Most days! It’s just too much.
Not to mention the fact that it sets a bad example for #1. At three-years-old he should not have nearly as much screen time as he does.
Enter Screen Free Weekends
Because of this family addiction, I have decided to implement a monthly Screen Free Weekend.
What does that mean? Well, it means no phones, no computers, no iPads, no Kindles, no television. If it emits a blue light, it’s off for 48-hours.
Probably a good thing since I never seem to give these technologies time to update.
And certainly great for our brains, based on all the blue light research.
Now, I won’t lie, this is going to be hard. It means we won’t be able to Skype the grandparents that weekend. We’ll miss anything good on television (Who am I kidding, we’ll DVR in advance!) and I’ll have to automate all my social media (not like I wouldn’t anyway).
So, what are we going to do? How will we survive? I’ll tell you:
48 Ways to Survive a Screen Free Weekend
- Read books, actual books, with pages.
- Play games.
- Work on a puzzle together.
- Take a hike.
- Go swimming.
- Clean the house.
- Do laundry.
- Bake sweets.
- Surprise friends with the overabundance of baked sweets.
- Paint a family abstract.
- Draw with sidewalk chalk.
- Tackle our Summer Activity Workbook.
- Watch the clouds.
- Count the stars.
- Catch fireflies.
- Have a campfire.
- Build with Legos.
- Play with play dough.
- Write letters to the grandparents.
- Go out to eat.
- Grocery shop.
- Clean the cars.
- Tell stories.
- Look at printed pictures from the past.
- Play tee ball.
- Go for a walk.
- Have a picnic.
- Sing songs.
- Have a dance party with Alexa (she’s technically not a screen – loophole!).
- Go fishing.
- Pick fruit.
- Visit the farmer’s market.
- Plant flowers.
- Play with dominoes.
- Build a fort.
- Have a pillow fight.
- Play with alphabet magnets.
- Blow bubbles.
- Visit a playground.
- Visit a splash pad.
- Pull weeds.
- Pick up litter.
- Help the neighbors.
- Daydream our next vacation.
- Donate items we don’t need.
- Go shopping at the mall.
- Cook dinner together.
- Listen to records.
Give it a Try
Is 48 hours too much for your family? No problem! Start with 6 hours, and gradually increase your time away from screens until you’ve hit 24 hours.
Celebrate with a movie marathon – okay, maybe not. Celebrate with some sweet treats!
You’re going to be amazed at the wonders this does for your family. That being said, I’d love to know how it goes. Let me know in the comments!
And, if you’ve got more suggestions for activities on a screen free weekend, tell me in the comments – I’ll read them on Monday 😉
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