A Week of Screen-Free Activities
Screen-Free Week is a great time to unplug and re-evaluate the ways you and your family use phones, tablets, laptops, TVs and other screens. Here are some ideas for a whole week of fun — no batteries or power cords needed!
Monday: Egg Carton Garden
Watch your seeds grow with this fun, eco-friendly activity.
You will need:
- An empty egg carton
- Seeds of your choice (radish, bean, flowers, etc.)
- Potting soil
Start by filling each egg compartment with soil. Using your finger, make a hole in each soil compartment about ½ inch to an inch down. Place a seed in each hole and cover the seed with more soil. Water your garden and place in a warm, sun-filled window. As the soil should always be moist, you should water every day. Check back every day to see how your seedlings are sprouting up! When they are small seedlings (2–4 inches) you can transfer them to a bigger pot with more soil in it.
Play a kid-friendly version of team charades with your family and friends. Form two-person teams by pairing adults with children who may not read or write yet. Start by having everyone write down two of their favorite animals, activities, characters, etc. Place each piece of paper in a hat and have each member of the group take turns picking one out and acting out whatever is written on their piece of paper. The number-one rule in charades is that you cannot use your voice! Get creative with acting out exactly what’s on your paper.
Wednesday: Reading Fort
Using pillows, blankets and chairs, build a reading fort with your child. Stack couch pillows as the walls and drape a blanket over the top as a roof. Bring a flashlight in as a light source and don’t forget some fun books! Enjoy your cozy reading nook.
Thursday: Sock Puppet Craft
You will need:
- Socks (mismatched or ones you don’t wear anymore are perfect)
- Glitter, pom-poms, pipe cleaners, googly eyes
Start by putting the sock on your hand, as you will make the puppet around your hand. Draw where you would like your sock puppet’s eyes to be. Draw its mouth right where your fingers and thumb meet. Next, glue the creative supplies to your puppet. Pipe cleaners work excellently for hair and googly eyes make the puppets extra silly!
Friday: Write a Letter
Have your child write a letter to someone they haven’t seen in a long time. Encourage them to describe their school, what they have been doing this week, and what their plans are for the weekend. Have your child seal their letter in an envelope, write the address on it and add a stamp to the upper right-hand corner. Take a walk to the post office with your child and mail it out!
Saturday: Recycled Painting Craft
You will need:
- Non-toxic paint
- Various recycled materials to use as painting utensils — cardboard tubes, dish sponges, old combs, toothbrushes, etc.
This creative painting craft uses recycled items to create a unique work of art the whole family can have fun making. Use things you find around the house as “brushes” and mix it up — dip the paper towel tube into the paint and roll it on your canvas, make sponge prints or paint some crazy doodles using an old toothbrush. Little ones can use their fingers to finish their masterpiece. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
Sunday: Start a Journal
Have your child start their first journal. A journal is a special record of your child’s life. Have them write about their favorite and least favorite parts of their day. Ask your child to draw a picture of what they did that day. Attach any photos, leaves or stickers that summarize their day. This can be an everyday activity or a weekly roundup – the main goal is to spend time writing and creating a treasured keepsake.
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