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My Family

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Could You Go without Your TV for Two hours Every Day? We Did! #SwitchOffChallenge

Could You Go without Your TV for Two 
hours Every Day? We Did! 

New research by E.ON has found that over half of parents (53%) want to spend more quality time together as a family, and over a third (37%) say that gadgets have the biggest impact on the amount of time they spend together as a family. In fact, almost 1 in 5 parents (19%) stated that their children couldn't go more than two hours without technology.

So what’s was our challenge?  For 2 hours a day over the course of one week, we were challenged to ditch the TVs, tablets, games consoles and PCs. Instead of those we were asked to take part in back-to-basics activities like board games, baking and arts & crafts. Two hours every day for a whole week with no TV, no computers and no technology. It was going to be a tough task but we were happy to give it a go, wanna see how we got on?

On Day 1 we sat at the table and got the games out. We played a new game 'Monster Operation' which was like the original Operation game but in the form of a Monster instead of a Patient. We played lots of other game too, like Ludo and Snakes n Ladders. It was lots of fun to just sit together and talk whilst we played and laughed. The kids actually enjoyed themselves and even I had a little fun too. It wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be, playing together was actually okay. 

Day 2 was again at the table as it wasn't very nice outside but instead of games we opted for Jigsaw Puzzles. We bought ourselves a new box of 4 puzzles, each one with 100 pieces to complete and sat down to have a go. Each puzzle took us around 30 to 40 minutes to do so again our two hours flew by really quickly. We had to work together to complete the puzzles, tensions ran a little high at times but overall we quite enjoyed our puzzle family time. Jigsaws are a great 'rainy day' activity that everyone can join in with. 

Day 3 was Baking Day! We popped to the shops to get some cake decorations and headed back into the kitchen to have some fun. We baked lots of yummy cupcakes and had lots of fun decorating them. The best part about Baking, is the Eating part afterwards.

We all took it in turns to help make the cakes. Chloe my eldest mixed the cake mixture and Lily spooned it into the baking trays ready to bake. Ryan, my little man was decorating duty. This was his favourite part. We all had a few cupcakes to decorate each, including me. Well I was in this activity too afterall. We had lots of decorations, we had sprinkles and edible beads in both silver and gold. Chocolate Mini Eggs and yellow butter icing. Seeing as it was almost Easter we decided to make some Easter themed cupcakes.

Day 4 was much brighter so we headed out to the local park for a play. Two hours playing on the swings and the slides and running around was a great way to get some fresh air and have some more fun as a family. The park is always a great place to visit so any excuse to go is a good one. Day 4 was definitely one of the kids favourite days I think.

Day 5 was Easter Sunday so we headed over to a relatives house for a family get together and of course an Easter Egg Hunt. Again there was no TV or computers in sight. Just our family in the garden with some yummy food and lots of Easter Eggs to be found.

Day 6 and 7 were our Art and Craft Days. We did everything and anything from colouring in to drawing, to painting and playdough model building. Who knew 2 hours of play could make us so happy. I wish I'd thought about doing this before and turning that TV off sooner.

We've had a lovely week and really enjoyed spending time together. Why don't you give it a go and take the E.ON Switch Off Challenge. 1 week, 2 hours a day, No TV, Just Fun!

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