National Unplugging Day - Little Hands Pediatric Therapy

National Unplugging Day

Every March we celebrate National Day of Unplugging and pledge to put our phones down and live in the moment with our children and families.  Here are 5 cheap and free ideas of unplugged activities!

  1. Scavenger Hunt
    We LOVE scavenger hunts for all ages.  Working backwards, write clues to find something special at the end!  Practice prepositions, basic concepts, problem solving, and working together as a team.
  2. Board Games
    It’s no secret we love our board games.  Pull out your old games and play together as a family.  Some of our favorites are the classics: Sorry, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Memory, checkers, UNO, Guess Who, Connect Four, Twister.
  3. Get Outside
    Kids need fresh air daily, even when it’s cold outside.  Grab some sidewalk chalk and beanbags (easy to make) and you can make everything from a bike/ scooter course to a baseball field!
  4. Painter’s tape
    Weather not cooperating?  Use painters tape to make a road for toy cars and trucks to drive on, an obstacle course for the kids to jump, hop and skip on, a tic-tac-toe board, hopscotch or make a maze and collect letters to spell words.
  5. Rube Goldberg Machine 
    This might be our favorite rainy day activity.  A Rube Goldberg Machine is an elaborate way to solve a simple problem, such as turning on a light, or pouring a cup of water, using simple, everyday materials.  Find inspiration here.

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