Whether it's for one hour or one day, mindfully choosing not to use a screen is a healthy challenge. What would you add to our list of non-screen activities?
The weather here in the Bay Area has turned sunny and warm. But many of us are now so diligently sheltering in place that new habits have formed – namely, not going outside, staying indoors, and using some form of a screen most of the day.
Let's change that!
Ms. Melissa challenged her middle school students to start with one screen-free day this weekend, and she shared some activities she likes to do after she's done teaching for the day:
- Take a walk (safely and at distance, of course!).
- Paint on canvas - Ms. Melissa likes to use acrylics paint.
- Practice the piano and sing along.
- Take care of the plants in her garden by pulling weeds, watering, etc.
Then, she asked them to put aside their computers, phones, tablets, video games and anything else with a screen for one day on the weekend. Here's a list of even more ideas that could keep a family busy and give a fun break from screens:
- Learn how to cook a family recipe from Mom or Dad.
- Play board games as a family. Who can win that game of Monopoly or Uno?
- Practice an instrument. Maybe even write a song!
- Learn a new style or technique for art using a pencil, paint, or watercolor.
- Go outside and paint something beautiful in your backyard.
- Find some yarn and learn to knit, crochet or finger crochet.
- Practice your dance moves and have a family dance party. Let everyone choose at least one song that all participants must dance to.
- Go exploring in your backyard! Are there any interesting flowers, bugs or small dramas of nature to discover?
- Read a fun new book!
- Solve a puzzle - crossword, 100 piece, 500 piece, 1,000 piece!
- Learn a magic trick and try it out on someone.
- Write a story in any genre.
- Go for a safe, socially distant walk with your family, if this is okay in the area you live in.
- Check out Santa Clara County Parks maps for wide trails for safe hiking. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Pages/open-space-these-parks.aspx
- Build a model of something that interests you. Could be from a kit or with objects and pieces you find around the house.
- Write and star in your own play or monologue.
- Create an escape room using riddles, puzzles, and problem-solving for your friends to try to solve.
- Go through your belongings and see if there are things you've outgrown that you can donate. Put them in a box to give away.
- Sketch a view you see outside your window, or of your family or pet indoors.
- Plant some seeds.
- Pick flowers and press them.
- Make cards and write letters to people you miss. Send them in the mail.
- Ask someone if they need help with something and do it, even if it's organizing the pantry or cleaning a room.
- Invent and design a new board game or card game and play it with your family.
- See how far you can long jump and try to improve your initial length.
- How many sit-ups can you do in one minute? How about your parents?
- Is your friend graduating this year? Write them a note to congratulate them to help them celebrate!
These days, we utilize devices with screens to do everything! Students attend class and submit work via screens; parents order groceries and connect with work colleagues through screens. Are you up for the challenge? Let's get up, stretch, and find creative, face-to-face ways to spend our time for one day... or the whole weekend!
Delphi students – we can't wait to hear what activities, crafts and new things you've tried while taking a break from screens.