April 30th – May 6th is Screen Free Week.
What is Screen Free Week you might be asking?
It is the chance to step away from computers, TV’s and other electronics. Give yourself a break, give your tykes a break and find fun entertaining things to do instead. Spend quality time as a family even.
Why Screen Free for a Week?
Because more and more children and adults are becoming sedentary. Our obesity rates are rising drastically and it is time to get off the couch, step outside and live a more healthy and active life style. The Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood has put together this yearly event and myself along with other bloggers are participating in spreading the word. I know it isn’t easy to go completely screen free for the week and for some it is impossible so choosing to set aside a few hours for other activities instead of electronics is still beneficial.
Tales of a Mountain Mama has worked hard to coordinate and execute a wonderful Screen Free campaign. Check out her website for daily giveaways (entry is only 24hrs!) and great information on how to go Screen Free.
How Can You Participate?
Commit to turning off all electronics from April 30th – May 6th. Show your tykes you can do it and they will follow. Visit the websites below for ideas, activities, resources and giveaways to help you go screen free.
Here is a list of Screen Free activities for the week:
Hiking/Nature Walk: A great way to get those legs moving, breath in the fresh air, get a bit of vitamin D, spend time as a family and enjoy being outside.
Playground/Park: Head to a new playground or park. One you’ve never been to before. Change it and let the kids play on different equipment.
Nature Reserve: Visit your local nature reserve. There are easy nature trails and you might spot some wildlife.
National/State Park: Visit your local national or state park. There are usually trails for everyone, visitor centers chock-full of educational material and ranger led programs.
Bike ride: Pump of the tires and hit the road or trails.
Scavenger Hunt: Put together a list of items for your tykes to find and then go on a walk or hike.
Art Walk: Directions here.
When doing any activity it is important that your tyke is well hydrated and nourished. Healthy snacks and water will help sustain their energy. We all know what its like to have a crabby tyke that is hungry or thirsty. They focus on their bellies and how hungry/thirsty they are, they get fatigued and it becomes a miserable outing. Make sure you bring healthy snacks and water along to any activity.
Granola Bars (we’ve been making our own)
Apples already sliced with Artisana nut butters
Pepperoni and cheese
Trail Mix or Gorp (we make our own)
Pb & J
Raspberries, Blackberries or Blueberries
Dried Fruit/Fruit Leather
Here is a list of other Screen Free participants who have wonderful ideas, activities and giveaways to share for Screen Free Week.
A Little Campy (post will be live Thurs)
Bring the Kids (post will be live Thurs)
Go Explore Nature (post will be live Wed)
Nature for Kids (available now)
Outsidemom.com (post will be live Wed)
Tales of a Mountain Mama (post everyday)
VeloMom (post will be live Fri)
To help keep your tyke fueled and hydrated during Screen Free Week I’m giving away an Artisana Organic Nut Butters sample pack and an Eco-Vessel water bottle. We LOVE Artisana Nut Butters and take them hiking, camping and on road trips. A great snack food. Eco-Vessel is one of our favorite water bottle companies. A great stainless steel insulated bottle that is easy for your tyke to use.
Leave a comment sharing an activity you’ll being doing with your tykes during Screen Free Week.
Extra entry: Like us on Facebook
Extra entry: Like Artisana on Facebook
Extra entry: Like Eco-Vessel on Facebook
*leave a comment for each entry
**Giveaway is only 48 hours! Closes at midnight on April 25th.
Thank you Artisana and Eco-Vessel for providing the nut butter samples and water bottle.