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Screen-Free Fun: 400 Activities for the Whole Family Paperback – April 3, 2018
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"The book Screen-Free Fun by Shannon Philpott-Sanders is a life-saver for busy parents. Its release is well-timed for screen-free week. With so many options in this book, you’re certain to find a lot of ideas everyone can enjoy together. Technology has taken a huge place in all our lives. We should teach our children healthy screen-time habits. Helping your kids unplug for screen-free week is the perfect opportunity for this!", SAHMPlus.com
"Each activity is actually a detailed plan that includes the steps and items needed to complete it. Thanks to the ideas in this book, when summer break starts, we will definitely have one new family activity: Making tons of family memories that will last a lifetime.", Dragonfly Sweetnest
"A new book … is here to make it a little easier for you when your kids come in whining that they’re bored and you’re not inclined to put a tablet in their hands. I have a feeling this book might not just give us an activity here and there to do — but maybe even help us all reconnect with each other, and with our creative sides. I’m really excited to see where it takes us. Screen-Free Fun is the remedy for ‘I’m bored.’", Cool Mom Picks
"A little book of fun to make sure our Screen-Free Week is going to be celebrated in style. This delightful book offers over 400 ideas to help parent encourage a ‘disconnect’ from tech devices and a ‘reconnect’ with their families in a healthier way. Parents and kids can pick from DIY activities to games to weekend outings. Since many of the activities work well for kids at various ages, families will be able to grow along with the different projects and make plans for both younger and older siblings alike.", Jump Into A Book
"I love that each idea has a suggested age range and a circle that you can mark off as done. Another great thing about many of the projects is that they typically use items you already have so there isn't planning or buying to do beforehand. I remember when my daughters were younger and school was almost out, I would panic about how I was going to fill their days and entertain them. Having a book like Screen-Free Fun to spark my creative juices would have been so helpful.", Try It, Like It
"We recently enjoyed Screen-Free Fun from parenting journalist Shannon Philpott-Sanders. The tips in Shannon’s book help parents to fight against boredom, keep little hands busy during travel time, encourage craft time, and builds a love for outdoor adventures.", Mom Trends
"From summer vacation to holiday breaks and every rainy day in between, with this book you and your family will always have something fun to do together—without ever having to resort to a tablet, phone, or computer.", Momma’s Bacon
"This book has 400 activities to do with your children to keep them busy this summer. I think it is a great way to keep the littles from becoming glued to their screens over summer break. My godson is going to have fun with the Shoe Box Trains. And I know JustaBXgirl will enjoy crafting cereal necklaces because who doesn’t want to accessorize with a snack!", Just a BX Mom
"Flipping through Shannon’s book was a blast from the past with so many games from my old childhood, scout meetings and just hanging out on the playground.", STL Motherhood
About the Author
A graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Philpott-Sanders holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English. When she is not writing and offering tips for fun-filled experiences with children, she serves as an associate professor of English at St. Louis Community College – Meramec and advises the student-run newspaper. She also writes on her website, ShannonPhilpott.com.
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The books is organized into 4 main sections: 1) Embrace Your Creativity; 2) Enjoy the Great Outdoors; 3) Support Your Community (this is my favorite!), and 4) Put a Fun Twist on Local Travel.
The first section is great for arts and crafts on rainy days, as well as fun activities (I especially love "write a letter to your favorite musician," "start a poetry club," and "host a talent show"). My youngest will go nuts over the outdoors section, which includes many activities to keep kids engaged with nature and sports. The community section is my favorite because all the ideas are aimed at helping your neighbors and making your community a better place ("bake cookies for fire station employees," "craft dream catchers for community center," "take dog treats to the dog park," and "deliver meals to elderly neighbors," are just a few of so many I can't wait to tackle). The local travel section is designed to get you out of out of your house and frequent local places (like bowling alleys, libraries, parks and zoos), entertain your kids on road trips, and even includes easy activities you can do in the comfort of your own neighborhood.
Age suggestions and skill level are listed for each activity, which is helpful as my children are still so young. I'm so impressed with the author's creativity and incredibly detailed and thorough ideas. I'm very glad we added this timeless book to our shelf because we'll be able to use it as they grow for years to come!