words whine “I’m bored…there’s nothing to do” is not really a new phenomena for kids either from my day or with todays ‘fix it now/immediate relief/rarely have to wait for anything’ generation. Now when I was young we certainly had less distractions at hand and so we had no choice but to go and make our own fun (Man I am sounding ridiculously older than I believe I am). These days it is no surprise our kids struggle more and we can’t really blame them when they can easily be entertained at the swipe of a finger or turn of joystick. Now I am in fact pre-empting these very cries of boredom when my kids indulge me in my Mothers Day gift of particpating in the DISconnect to REconnect challenge.
I imagine they may not outwardly relish the opportunity to switch off all forms of technology for a whole weekend. But I shall be ready. I will have this list close at hand to ensure there is no room or time for boredom protestations. We may do some of them, certainly not others…but here they are, my 30 things to do that do not require technology:
- Play a board game…..al la Chess/Monopoly/Yahtzee/Snap
- Go for a bike ride
- Kick the footy
- Organise a family cricket match
- Play Celebrity head/20 Questions
- Pack a picnic lunch and go to the park
- Bake a cake/decorate biscuits
- Make up a dance routine and perform to the family (one of my childhood favourites)
- Perform a play or act out a favourite book
- Do a big jigsaw puzzle together
- Go outside with a camera (the old fashioned ‘not on a phone’ one) and take some family photos
- Look through old family albums and talk about some family history
- Write a poem or a letter (something I would love but probably not so much my children unless it was required homework)
- Get a hammer, some wood and some nails and get to making something
- Make a kite or paper aeroplanes and see if they fly
- Plant some plants (I may not do that one as I am not very good at keeping them alive)
- Learn a new skill….sew,knit, play an instrument
- Build a bonfire and cook marshmellows (parental supervision required)
- Collect things and get creative with them…shells, leaves, acorns
- Make a billy-cart. Matt from DadDownunder proves you don’t need to have fancy materials to make a great cart! Check this one out
- Get the family singing along for a good ole jam session (this is more likely to happen if we are around the more musically gifted of my extend family)
- Bubble bath, wine and a good book…nice sentiment, but probably not going to happen!
- Go to a beach you have never been to before
- Go for a drive up the mountain, any mountain, just one higher than where you are currently situated
- Explore a country town you have never visited
- Take a bus, train or tram ride and get off at a new stop or station
- Find out where a friend/neighbour/cousin is playing junior sport and go along to cheer them on
- Visit new or old friends
- Get the kids to clean out their cupboards and fill bags with old clothes and toys for the op shop (yes, not likely to have them jumping out of their skin for this one)
If you are joining in to DISconnect to REconnect or if you are just sick of hearing the words “I’m bored”…feel free to print off this list and work your way through it!
And here is the link to my fundraising page to help disadvantaged kids get the one on one time they need.
What sorts of things do you do together as a family that doesn’t involve technology?