At no time in human history have we been more disconnected with what lies outside our front doors. Within just a century, our relationship with our surroundings has transformed from one of exploration to one of disassociation. And what is partly to blame for this? Technology which permeates all facets of our lives and essentially changing the way we live, work, play and most importantly interact with one another. This why I will be participating in National day of unplugging.
I am definitely guilty of twittering and e-mailing at the dinner table, and am realizing that technology can be a slippery slope and like all “good things” when done in excess can become slightly addictive- that goes for you too Mr. potato chip and tub of ice cream! In addition to gleaning inspiration from National day of unplugging another great resource is THIS BOOK WAS A TREE: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World(Perigee Trade Paperback Original; $16.00; April 1, 2014). In it science teacher Marcie Chambers Cuff aka Mossyissues a call for a new era of pioneers not leathery, backwoods deerskin-wearing pioneers, but strong-minded, clever, crafty individuals committed to examining the natural world and deciphering nature’s puzzles.
THIS BOOK WAS A TREE is an imaginative call to artists, teachers, naturalists, and parents, encouraging us to take a moment away from uploading, texting, friending and unfriending and to reconnect with nature through pages of timeless projects, creative acts, and deep thought. This is not another book of nature crafts to be done with a paper plate or corn husk.
When you unplug you can Talk it Up and use the unplugged time to do offline activities and even volunteer with your children provides a fun and positive family bonding experience and opens the door for meaningful conversations about good earth stewardship, and the importance of giving back locally.
Here are 16 Ways to Celebrate National Day of Unplugging #UnpluggedPlay
#1 Plant a community garden or trees and flowers at a park
#2 Track nesting foul or turtles this can be incorporated with daily or weekly walks
#3 Decorate reusable grocery bags to donate to the local food pantry (even better if filled with food).
#4 Host a trash-free neighborhood picnic. Plan and pack a fun community meal using reusable drink and food containers and silverware, cloth napkins, etc.
#5 Creating found-art such as Styrofoam sculptures and bottle chandeliers
#6 Setting up a poop patrol at the local dog park
#7 Create a pinhole camera
#8 Start a flower press
#9 Examine snowflakes through a magnifying glass
#10 Make a treasure map
#11 Create an upcycled terrarium
#12 Camp out in the backyard
#13 Upcycle a sweater into a felted hat, gloves or wine cozy
#14 Recognize equinoxes and solstices
#15 Create homemade seedbombs
#16 Go stargazing
And most of all get outside!