You're probably gasping at the title, wondering how on earth are you supposed to have a technology free weekend? Well I don't mean completely, but I mean for the children to have a completely technology free weekend.
I find it really hard sometimes to spend time with my siblings and little cousins these days because they are just so much more interested in watching television, playing Wii or playing games on the iPad instead of playing board games or playing fun imaginary games.
A good way to encourage the kids to give up the technology is to try and make it as fun as possible.
This is what you need to do:
Step 1) Get a hat and write down a whole list of fun activities, games, and outings that do not involve technology. Think of games that you know your kids/siblings enjoy such as hide & seek, playing on the trampoline, reading stories, playing dress ups, putting on make-up, cooking, those sorts of things.
Put these suggestions in a hat.
Step 2) Get a box and gather all the kids together, and tell them to put all their consoles inside it. If you don't want to do this, then just simply tell them that for the whole weekend their DS, iPod, Wii and Playstation is out of bounds.
Step 3) Tell the kids that for the weekend they will be choosing activities to do out of the hat, so they can realise how fun it is to get back to basics.
Tip: If children complain, do not give in. Just remind them how fun it is and that you have lots of fun games to play. It is also sometimes good not to just spring this on them, warm them a few days before the weekend that this will be happening, so if you don't want it to last the whole weekend, then you can make it for at least the whole day of Saturday or Sunday.
Step 4) Let the oldest child pick out of the hat first, get them to read out the game or activity and then go and do it. It'll keep them occupied the whole day, and for times when you all need a rest, just put the hat away, and let them do their own thing for an hour that doesn't involve technology - this could be getting them to play with their toys, drawing, or whatever they want to do.
Step 5) Add in an outing to break up the weekend a bit, such as the park, the zoo, aquarium, or maybe even a friends house (only if they agree no technology either).
This is all you have to do to enjoy a technology free weekend. It really is fun, and the time just flies. It is such an excellent way to spend time with the kids.
Below are some great activities which I've included.
I have done this two times now, once for a whole weekend with my two younger brothers, and once for a whole day with two little girls that I babysit.
Walking the dog
Make believe games (pirates, army, cowboys)
Make believe games (fairies, princesses)