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Spring Activities To Do With Your Kids (Indoors and Outdoors)

Spring is in the air! The warmer days, beautiful flowers blooming, and the opportunities to get outside and enjoy the days make ...

Spring is in the air!
Spring Activities to Do with Kids

The warmer days, beautiful flowers blooming, and the opportunities to get outside and enjoy the days make spring such a wonderful time of year. Everyone is excited to get outside!

Sometimes, however, the weather doesn't cooperate, so today am sharing both indoor and outdoor activities you can do with your children.
Here is a list of activities. On the warmer days you might want to get out and enjoy the weather, and on some more rainy or cooler days stay inside!

Let's Celebrate Screen-Free Week 2013

This is the 10th and final day in my Screen-Free Family Activities series. On this final day, let's discuss Screen-Free Week . What ...

What is screen-free week? How can we celebrate it? Find out in this post at The Holistic Homeschooler.

This is the 10th and final day in my Screen-Free Family Activities series. On this final day, let's discuss Screen-Free Week. What is it? How do we do it? 

What Is Screen-Free Week

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is the home for Screen-Free Week, an annual event when people, businesses and schools turn off their screens. 

-No television. 
-No video or mobile games. 
-No screens for entertainment purposes. 

"Screen-Free" Can Be a Lifestyle

We've reached Day #9 in the " Screen-Free Family Activities " series of the iHomeschool Network's " 2013 Spring Hop...

Screen-free living can be a lifestyle. Children throughout history have had very normal, natural childhoods without screens.
We've reached Day #9 in the "Screen-Free Family Activities" series of the iHomeschool Network's "2013 Spring Hopscotch. I want to address a final concern on this post: 

Boredom

"Won't my kids be bored without screens?", you may ask. 

"It's possible", I may reply.

It really depends how much time they spend using screens as a form of entertainment. My youngest, for instance, doesn't care for screens most times. She may play on Club Penguins when her moods are teetering. She watches T.V. at night if she doesn't have her niece available for play. Otherwise, the T.V. is a source of irritation to her (the noise) and she views computer time as a "waste". 

So is screen-free boring for her? Not at all. She much prefers to play in the mud and climb trees.

If, however, a child uses these things as a source of constant entertainment, then, you may be the recipient of the "I'm bored" whine serenade, a song no mother enjoys.

Let's see if it's worth the effort.


Cooking with Kids: No Screens Required

Today is Day #8 of " Screen-Free Family Activities ". I hope you're enjoying this series. I'm enjoying writing it. (A...

Spending time together is just one of the benefits of having kids in the kitchen with you and a way to remain screen-free. It's also a chemistry lesson, a math lesson and counts as a life skill or handicraft!
Today is Day #8 of "Screen-Free Family Activities". I hope you're enjoying this series. I'm enjoying writing it. (And boy is it making me work my brain for ideas!)

Let's talk cooking.


Love it? Hate it? I guess it doesn't matter since we really have no choice in the matter. So why not enjoy it? 

45 Handicraft Ideas

Welcome to Day #7 of my 10-day series, " Screen-Free Family Activities ". {This post may contain affiliate links .} Handi...

Charlotte Mason encouraged us to teach our children useful skills that could benefit them throughout life. Here is a list of 45 handicraft ideas. www.heartofmichelle.com

Welcome to Day #7 of my 10-day series, "Screen-Free Family Activities".

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Handicraft. It's not a commonly-used word these days. Many homeschoolers know what it is, particularly those using the Charlotte Mason method of education. But for the most part, it's a "lost" word. So let us first define it. 


hand·i·craft  

/ˈhandēˌkraft/
Noun
  1. A particular skill of making decorative objects by hand.
  2. An object made using a skill of this kind.
Handicrafts are life skills such as needlework, quilting, knitting, pottery, sewing, crocheting, woodworking, etc. 

Charlotte Mason believed that children should be trained in handicrafts, skills which they could use for the rest of their lives.

How to Reduce and Regulate Screen Time

Welcome to Day #6 of my " Screen-Free Family Activities " series. Regulating may be an overwhelming idea to some. For other...

Ideas for reducing and regulating the amount of time our kids spend on screens is a big part of leading a screen-free life.

Welcome to Day #6 of my "Screen-Free Family Activities" series.

Regulating may be an overwhelming idea to some. For others, it's not a problem. In our family, there has never been a lot of time spent on screens because we simply didn't have them. We didn't attempt to have them. We really just didn't care.

I realize that others may spend a good amount of time on screens and need or want to reduce their time on these things. They may or may not find it difficult.


Encouraging Creativity Reduces Screen Usage

Today is Day #5 of my 10-day series on "Screen-Free Family Activities" .  Did you know that creative thinking decreases as a c...

Reducing the time our children spend on screens, while encouraging creativity, increases their usage of divergent thinking rather than a belief that there is only one right answer.

Today is Day #5 of my 10-day series on "Screen-Free Family Activities"
Did you know that creative thinking decreases as a child gets older?
“Of 1,600 children aged three to five who were tested, 98% showed they could think in divergent ways. By the time they were aged eight to 10, 32% could think divergently. When the same test was applied to 13 to 15-year-olds, only 10% could think in this way. And when the test was used with 200,000 25-year-olds, only 2% could think divergently.” - Sir Ken Robinson (Listen to this  YouTube talk: "Do schools today kill creativity?" by Sir Ken Robinson

More Screen-Free Fun: 50 Things to Do Outdoors

Today is Day #4 of my 10-day series on "Screen-Free Family Activities" . The most natural things for children to do is play out...

Playing outdoors is the most natural thing for children. Here is a list of 50 things to do outdoors in an effort to be more screen-free.

Today is Day #4 of my 10-day series on "Screen-Free Family Activities".

The most natural things for children to do is play outdoors. Today's post is focused on outdoor activities for the family. Being outdoors provides sunshine (vitamin D!), exercise and great childhood memories. 


Today I've compiled a list of things to do outdoors. While many of these activities can be done without adult-participation (think mud pies), all of them can be enjoyed by the entire family.


Going Screen-Free with Art

Welcome to Day 3 of my 10-day series on Screen-Free Family Activities . Today, I want to talk about art. Art is not only very important...

Art is a natural interest that requires no screen-time. If we involve our children in artistic endeavors, they're less likely to resort to screens for their amusement.

Welcome to Day 3 of my 10-day series on Screen-Free Family Activities. Today, I want to talk about art.

Art is not only very important to creating well-rounded children, it improves their academic abilities and social skills. Equally important, learning about and participating in art activities is fun. 

Children love creating masterpieces, whatever they are. We can see this in even the youngest of children as they bring us their drawings of "mom and dad" with over sized heads and stick arms. It's a natural inclination within humans.

Unfortunately, many of us have grown up without the proper tools and experiences for expressing our creativity through art. I can't draw draw or paint. Nearly all of my 5 children, however, have artistic talent. 

Art is a natural inclination which must be encouraged.

Replacing Screens with Music

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Music improves neurological function, reading skills and reduces anxiety levels. Including music in a child's life and homeschool is important. It's a great screen-free activity.
"Children learn about themselves and others by playing music together and by listening to each other - tapping into hidden courage that can be played out by singing together or discovering the inner resources to listen quietly to another child's playing." - Judi Bosco, Board Certified Music Therapist
There's no arguing that the list of benefits of music for children is extensive. Music improves neurological function, reading skills and reduces anxiety levels. Including music in a child's life and homeschool is important.

Incorporating Music in Your Child's Life

Screen usage can be reduced by including music into a child's daily life. Below is a list of ways to do that.

Screen-Free with Preschoolers

photo credit: a.pasquier via photopin cc Most of us are aware that too much T.V. time isn't the healthiest thing for children. ...

It is recommended that children not watch T.V. before the age of 2 years. This is easiest time to develop screen-free habits. Here are some ideas.
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Most of us are aware that too much T.V. time isn't the healthiest thing for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children under age 2 not watch any television and children over age 2 be limited to 1 to 2 hours per day of quality programming (10 hours per week maximum). Sadly, the average toddler or preschool-age child watches 32 hours per week. 


Screen-Free Family Activities

I'm excited to be participating in the Spring 2013 Hopscotch with the other talented bloggers at the iHomeschool Network. My seri...

A 10-day series on how to reduce or eliminate the amount of time our children spend on various types of screens.


I'm excited to be participating in the Spring 2013 Hopscotch with the other talented bloggers at the iHomeschool Network.

My series is on Screen-Free Family Activities.

April 29-May 5, my family will be participating the Screen-Free Week Challenge. This will be our second year. Last year, we had a great time. I think this year may be a little more challenging as we've aquired more screens. Still, I'm going for it!

Although I encourage everyone to take the Screen-Free Week Challenge, the following posts are not for that purpose. They're simply some good ideas for reducing screen-time year-round, connecting with our famili
es, and living life more fully.