unplugged week: bi plane

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TGIF! Have we ever meant that more than today? We hope that Unplugged Week has been as amazing for you as it was for us. It’s always so refreshing to reframe our environment and see our kids flourish. For the last day of Unplugged here’s one more craft that you can do together witch stuff you have lying around the house: a Bi-Plane!Unplugged Week: Bi-Plane

Use our favorite paint pots, a paintbrush, a clothes-pin, two large tongue depressors and regular popsicle stick.

Unplugged Week: Bi-Plane

To make this use the clothespin as the center of the plane, then glue a popsicle stick onto the back, and a tongue depressor on the top and bottom of the front. Let it dry completely and you’re ready to fly!

Unplugged Week: Bi-Plane

 

Easy enough! But such a cute craft that we’re happy to keep out on the shelf. Happy happy weekend! We’ll be talking things over as a family to decide how best to incorporate the screens back into our lives, got any tips or ideas for us? Leave a comment!

unplugged week: tegu

unpluggedFor today’s Unplugged activity we wanted to share a new-to-us company that will keep your family entertained for years to come: Tegu! Have you seen these awesome magnetized blocks yet? This company is so innovative and we love that the blocks have so few limits, in the hands of your little one there’s nothing their imagination can’t create.

tegublocksEach block has the slightest magnetism making it easy to build up, down, sideways, any direction you choose. They have sets for all kinds of building like cars, robots and more.Unplugged Week: TeguThe wood is sourced in Honduras and Tegu provides tree planting, education and jobs for the people there which we love.Unplugged Week: TeguWe love the natural stain on the blocks, each set is so beautiful and won’t chip so they’ll look great for years to come. Unplugged Week: TeguCheck out all the amazing Tegu options! Also if you are looking for more educational game ideas, we collected our favorites in this post here.

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unplugged week: No Kid Hungry

unpluggedThe purpose of Unplugged Week is to focus on our relationships and connection without those go-to distractions. In addition (for us) it seems that the more screen time our kids have the grumpier they are. As adults we can’t help but feel happiest when we’re helping others, and with our various projects over the years with Small Fry, the boys seem to be in the same boat. It just feels good! So, today our Unplugged Tip is to plan a project or outing that helps someone in need. For our project, we joined efforts with Earth’s Best and Ella’s Kitchen with the No Kid Hungry Campaign, an initiative that focuses on ending childhood hunger in America. Millions of kids go to school hungry everyday and that is heartbreaking. Two brands we love and use often, Ella’s Kitchen and Earth’s Best have already donated funds to help provide up to 1.5MM meals to kids in need and together we are encouraging our readership to donate whatever you can to the cause!No Kid Hungry InitiativeFirst, we started by making a list of foods that benefit us, that are healthful and non-perishable. Earth’s Best and Ella’s Kitchen were so nice to help us fill up our baskets so we could donate such amazing snacks that we know the kids will love, find specially marked products exclusively at select Walmarts.No Kid Hungry InitiativeNext, fill up your basket or box to donate to your local Food Pantry. You can source ways to help on their initiative page here. No Kid Hungry InitiativeWe sent off our basket and won’t lie, it was an emotional project to say the least. Talking with the boys about how kids in their own classrooms don’t have enough to eat was eye opening for them. We are always grateful for opportunities to open their (and our own!) eyes and reach outside of ourselves to help.No Kid Hungry Initiative  So for today’s Unplugged activity, find a way to help someone. The time will fly and you can’t help but feel happy and grateful! Be sure to share if you make a similar basket or think of other ways to help end childhood hunger today using the #NoKidHungry and #FeedKidsinNeed hashtags and tag us on Instagram (@smallfryblog.) We’ll select a winner to donate on their behalf in addition to the donations we’ve made to No Kid Hungry with Ella’s Kitchen and Earth’s Best!

unplugged week: jenga DIY

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Tuesday’s tip: Schedule playdates for each day! Not just with friends, but acquaintances you’ve been meaning to reach out to, children your kids seem to hit it off with, but haven’t had too much time together, and old friends you haven’t seen in awhile. This Jenga DIY is a great game to play to help ease your kids into new friendships and of course get through the day unplugged.

Here’s what you’ll need: A plain wood block set like this one and oil-based paint pens to write on wood like this set from Sharpie.Getting to Know You JengaThen on each block write a getting to know you question down. Let it dry and then get ready to play!Getting to Know You JengaSet up the game as you would normally and then each kid picks a block out and gets to answer the question, or they all can too since usually kids MUST weigh in on all questions.  😉Getting to Know You Jenga

Find all our posts from Unplugged Week right here and follow along and post your own ideas on any social network via #SFunplugged.

unplugged week: to-do sticks

unpluggedWelcome to Unplugged Week! Our second annual cleanse from devices, TV and video games. It is not easy, but it is a challenge worth tackling and if you’ve been wanting to try -let’s do it together! While we will also be doing our best to limit our screen time too, we’ll be sneaking on to post to the #SFunplugged hash tag and hope you will join in, we hope it will become a support system of sorts during the next several days. We promise your kids will thrive and they will also wear you out, ha!

First things first, let’s get a system in place to help keep the day filled! It’s usually when kids are tired and or bored that they’re wanting to veg out in front of a screen, so having lots of ideas on hand will keep you from that knee-jerk reaction to switch on a show. So first idea of the week: To Do Sticks!Small Fry Unplugged Week: To Do Sticks As always this is a great craft to do as a family, so you can spend time being creative making it and then use the ideas you come up with together all week long. Here’s how you’ll do it…

Grab craft paint, markers and large craft sticks:Small Fry Unplugged Week: To Do Sticks Cover the top third with the paint color of your choice and let it dry completely:Small Fry Unplugged Week: To Do SticksNow pick the categories that appeal most to your family. We did Outside, Inside, Service, Food and Learning. Keep a key handy so that when you’re picking you can sort of guide them. (Need them to get out of your hair? Pick a yellow stick, kids!)todosticks4Here are some of the ideas we came up with. Some ideas on a regular week might seem like a hassle, but Unplugged Week is such great opportunity to slow down and find excitement and fun in the processes of each activity.Small Fry Unplugged Week: To Do Sticks Fill up a jar in your kitchen or play room and grab a stick whenever you need it! We are loving ours and will be pulling them back out when school lets out for sure.Small Fry Unplugged Week: To Do Sticks

 

Day one, done! We’re excited to see how you’re all faring so be sure and tag the good, the bad and the ugly #SFunplugged so we can see.