Sunday, April 15, 2018

Screen-Free Fun: 400 Activities for the Whole Family Review/Giveaway {Spring Must Haves}


Screen-Free Fun: 
400 Activities for the Whole Family
ISBN: 978-1507205990
Author: Shannon Philpott - Sanders
Price: $14.06| 224 pages
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble


Fight back against boredom and keep your kids busy and entertained—without staring at a screen—with this handy collection of family activities ranging from DIY projects to outdoor adventures to easy day-trips.

While technology often offers a quick and easy parenting solution to keep children entertained, too much screen time can negatively affect developmental and social skills, and even lead back to the original problem—boredom.

Screen-Free Fun offers over 400 ideas to disconnect from tech devices and reconnect with our families in a healthier way. You and your child can pick from DIY activities to games to weekend outings. Since many of the activities work well for kids at various ages, your family will be able to grow along with the different projects and make plans for both younger and older siblings alike. You can try indoor projects like homemade slime, outdoor activities like building a fort, or learn more about your favorite destinations with activities like a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood or an i-spy game at the zoo. There is also space for your family to add your own favorite activities so you never forget a great idea or memory! From summer vacation to holiday breaks and every rainy day in between, with this book you and your family will always have something fun to do together—without ever having to resort to a tablet, phone, or computer.


Soon the kids will be on summer break. The nice and warm temperatures will finally have arrived. Unfortunately, when the kids are not in school they tend to spend most of their time on electronics, not interacting with other people or enjoying the nice weather. Being the mom I am, I try to find fun family activates to keep us busy without electronics. Screen-Free Week is coming the week of April 30th – May 6th, this is a great excuse to get a jump-start on some fun family activities. Here to help with this is the book ‘Screen-Free Fun’ that offer’s 400 activities that do not include a screen or any electronic. 

Upon receiving this book, I was surprised at all the fun activities offered in the book that I could do with my kids. A ‘contents’ section breaks down the entire book, laying out all of the activities you can do and what page they fall on. There are a total of 4 sections, they are as follows; Embrace Your Creativity, Enjoy the Great Outdoors, Support Your Community, and Put a Fun Twist on Local Travel. Say you are looking for something in the ‘Enjoy the Great Outdoors’ section. This section yields fun activities such as ‘Tie-Dye a T-shirt’ which is on page 80. This makes it super easy to find what you are looking for and see what is offered.


At the beginning of each section there is information about the steps you will take and which materials you may need. These pages are a great way to begin each section and include very helpful information. Each activity comes with an age suggestion, there are also 3 boxes underneath the ages listed, the number of boxes that are filled-in describe the difficulty level of each activity; either easy, intermediate, or advanced. 1 solid box is the easiest, three solid boxes would be the hardest. These let you know if your kiddos are ready for the particular activity. If they are too young, you can always break the book back out later and complete them then. 

Each activity is actually a detailed plan that includes the steps and items needed to complete it. There are so many different activities to get into. You can play object hide-and seek, make mud pies, volunteer at a food pantry, or collect pinecones. There is so much stuff to do and so many good ideas. We have tried several activities so far and my kids are having a blast. Another reason to appreciate this book is that the activities will encourage you to create your own new ideas that are not included in it. Thanks to the ideas in this book, when summer break starts, we will definitely have one new family activity: Making tons of family memories that will last a lifetime. 


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