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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.
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 issues 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.
Tips for Families To UNPLUG
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. It 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 Tips for Families To UNPLUG
#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, and fun plates
#5 Creating found-art such as Styrofoam sculptures and bottle chandeliers. If you have some felt laying around you can use these ideas to grab some felt and get started!
#6 Plan a Tea Party
I love this Djeco fox tea party role play set. Comes with two spoons, two cups, two small plates, one plate, one cake (4 slices) with four removable candles, two tea bags, one sugar bowl, one teapot, and one tray. The invitation for make believe lets little ones dream of the “me” they want to be! The role of chef, veterinarian, or salon owner are all explored with the quick switch of a play set. Made of sturdy, high-quality wood painted in a beautiful, coordinating pattern.
An ideal activity for a young mind is, you’ve guessed it, sewing. Screen-free Activities like sewing can help them obtain some valuable life skills and improve themselves in various aspects. Plus, sewing can be a great way for you to spend more time with them as a parent and strengthen your bond. In this article you’ll see why kids should learn how to sew and how you can teach them to sew and help them fall in love with this craft.
#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. And don't forget to Bring a compact, lightweight light on your outdoor adventure with the kids with a Coleman® Kids LED Adventure Lantern. It's perfect for for backyard campouts or as a portable bedside light.
It has one of the longest runtimes you'll find in a light of its size – up to 16 hours on one set of four AA batteries. Those batteries are easy to change, too – just twist the base and remove the cap. The LEDs run cool and never need to be replaced
#13 Upcycle a sweater into a felted hat, gloves or wine cozy
#14 Recognize equinoxes and solstices
#15 Create homemade seedbombs
#16 Go stargazing