The thought of parting with your smart phone can be quite daunting, as we’ve certainly become a nation of plugged in technophiles. Coiledspring Games have partnered with My Family Club and together we are encouraging families and individuals to take a break from technology this 28 June 2015 for National Uplugging Day - and experience life unplugged.
Studies have shown that families are spending less time together than ever, and parenting experts are warning that digital distractions are harming relationships, stopping youngsters from developing face-to-face communication skills and teaching them that disappearing into digital devices for hours, is a healthy and acceptable activity.
So, what can be done on the day, or any day, or at any time that can distract us from screens? Play games, that’s what. There’s much to be gained from enjoying board games with the family, and with so many to choose from there’s undoubtedly one for everybody. It’s a therapeutic time to kick back and have a good time with your close ones, even if you don’t always get on.
Board games do bring some great things to the table. They can increase player’s concentration, attention and listening skills through the differing functions in a game. Rule reading, mental arithmetic and strategy are just a few of the benefits game playing can bring. Games such as Sight Words and Word Builder from ThinkFun’s Zingo range can really help early readers build reading confidence and vocabulary, while Rory’s Story Cubes can also encourage story telling across generations.
Table top activities can promise a lot of laughter in a relaxing atmosphere, which is great for tightening family bonds. Minus your tablets, TVs an Iphones there’ll be no distractions, leaving fertile ground for good conversation and a time to listen to one another. All of you are involved, keeping younger siblings and parents all on a level playing field.
Different modes of game play can provide diverse gaming experiences; cooperative games can get you all working together as a team, with no disagreements. Even Grandad can get involved! Semi cooperative and competitive games aren’t bad either – they can promote healthy competition and good sportsmanship.
The National Day of Unplugging recognises the value and importance of technology in today's society whilst trying to encourage people (especially families and young children, the connected generations who have grown up with ever-present technology), to be more mindful of their digital usage. This day is not intended to be a one-off, but rather a starting point to encourage people of all ages to embrace a healthy lifestyle by regularly setting aside time away from their digital devices.
So now’s the time to visit My Family Club and find out how to make your Unplugging Day pledge!