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Ideas for Unplugged Activities
The whole idea of unplugging or limiting the time on the computer
isn't about sensory deprivation; it's about making time for other
activities that exercise our bodies, minds, other senses, and social
Before computers and video games, inside play was reserved for rainy days. The rest of the time we'd be on our bikes or skateboards, or doing some other activities that kept us moving. If the kids have enough friends in the neighborhood, a good pickup game or just horsing around for a few hours will give them plenty of exercise. Instead of buying them another computer or video game, perhaps select something from the
outdoor toys section at Amazon.com.
Look what it did for Ben Franklin's career. Flying a kite is a hands on physics experiment that teaches kids a little about aerodynamics and
flight, and it's something the whole family can enjoy, regardless of age.
But if you really want to keep everybody moving, why not take up juggling with the kids.
Contrary to popular belief, you probably won't shoot your eye out with a
Red Ryder 1938 BB Gun, but you will have a lot of fun.
A Christmas Story
this season with the kids, it was a no-brainer that one of these
was going to be under our Christmas tree. It was a hit. Even
Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed shooting with us. Highly recommended!
Well, that stinks! So much for outdoors, fresh air, and physical exercise.
But don't let the screens suck you in without a fight. How about getting
the family together and playing some
Scrabble, Yahtzee, Monopoly. Does your family have a family game night? Why not?