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As amazing as technology is with all of its advantages and entertaining qualities, there can be times when you need to unplug from the digital world and unwind in a low-tech (yet still entertaining) way. Your children can benefit from taking a step back, too, and you can help by providing them with games and activities that engage their minds without requiring an electronic app.
If you’re planning for a family friendly fun night and want to keep it low tech, here are some great ideas to help you prepare.
1. Don’t be Bored: Get Board Games
There are literally hundreds of board game options available, everything from word games, games of chance, strategy oriented competitions, and more. With so many choices, you can ensure everyone in your family (whatever their age or gaming style) will have a game to their liking.
2. Get Creative with Crayons
Drawing pictures isn’t just for kids. Today there are adult coloring books–meaning there are coloring options for all ages and opening the door for a stress-free way to pass some time and be creative while doing it. Whether you’re using crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paint, taking the time to create a colorful drawing is one way to keep your whole family engaged and having fun.
3. Hit the Road
Taking a road trip together may seem like a daunting task. But what if you keep it to a simple, local day trip with a specific destination in mind? Have a favorite swimming hole you liked when you were a kid? Know of a park or out of the way family-friendly restaurant you think your kids will enjoy? Buckle everyone in and head out for an adventure.
4. Do a Jig for Jigsaw Puzzles
A classic and relaxing way to spend your time, jigsaw puzzles are a timeless way for your family to engage in a relaxed activity and still have plenty of opportunity for conversation. Best of all, for today’s jigsaw puzzle experience, there are now puzzle boards and accessories to ensure you’re set up for success from that first corner piece to the last one that brings the whole picture together.
5. The Complete Campout
Going camping is one of those activities that seems to go hand in hand with summertime, childhood fun. What’s nice about this option is, it can be as big or small as you make it. If you like the idea of camping in a remote location, plan a family vacation to the woods and hike to that perfect spot. Or if you want the thrill of a campout with the benefit of modern conveniences just a few steps away, use the available (and free!) space in your own backyard. Pitch a tent, roll out the sleeping bags, and get ready for some good family fun.
6. Volunteer VIPs
Teaching your children the value of volunteerism is a priceless way to spend time with them. Choosing a place where you can work side by side helping other people in your community is an eye-opening experience–for them and for you. Get your kids excited with the idea by talking about their interests, doing research, visiting various charitable organizations until you find the perfect fit for you and yours. Giving back never felt so good as when you see your children’s faces light up when they are able to help someone else.
7. Extra! Extra! Read a Book
Reading a book (or a few books) as a family encourages conversation, develops reading skills, and allows your family to focus on a common goal. Discovering ‘who done it’ in a murder mystery novel. Exploring foreign lands through the eyes of a swash buckling pirate. Uncovering the delights of safari animals in the comfort of your own living room. The possibilities are as endless as the number of books available to you and your family.
We are a high-tech world and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. However, finding ways to reconnect with your family beyond the occasional glance over the top of your electronic devices is a great way to reestablish what is remarkable about your crew and to encourage each other in this game of life.