I set my 13 year old daughter to a task. She needed to come up with:
101 Things to Do in the Summer That Do Not Include an Electronic Screen
I do this almost every summer, so that she doesn't disappoof (her new favorite word) completely into Minecraft . It is all stuff that she likes to do or would like to try doing, so that it isn't the punishment list, but the life enrichment list. So far this is what she has this year, with some notations in parenthesis from me for clarification. The idea is also that many of these things do not burn a giant hole in our wallets and many should not require an adult to completely devote their day to servicing her idea, a few are okay though.
101 Things to do without a Screen (draft), there are only 30 items on her list, so far.
Kitties (play, pet)
FIRE!!!! (we have a new fire pit and plenty of kindling)
Make fire/dinner (trend here)
Berries (We have several kinds to pick, usually something is ripe.)
Fort (work on one in back yard woods)
Pogo (problem here, she has outgrown her pogo stick, she needs an adult one)
Floral arranging (usually something in the yard is blooming)
Chickies (give snacks, pet)
Sing with parrot
Hair (in this humidity, it is a challenge for curly folks like her)
Paint (could be more specific, laundry room, shed trim, canvas, objects...)
Think (always encouraged)
Sew (learn how to)
Sleep (as if a teenager really needs to put this on a list)
Build stuff (creative, needs to be more specific)
Burn stuff (destructive, but back to the fire pit, I think she is referring to an invite to some of our friends a few weeks ago about coming over to burn marshmallows and hot dogs to celebrate the beginning of summer)
BUBBLES! (never too old)
Friends (she is a teenager, but the idea needs specificity, what to do?)
Go to park (which one? why?)
Call friends in FL
Call Grandma or Nonna
Fresh (Yogurt shop)
Yellowstone (She's going to need help with this one)
Her dad suggested "Collect as many different types of insects as you can find."
I suggest soccer tricks, shoot hoops, squirt friends with super soaker,
|She doesn't think it's funny that we ended up with similar sneakers.|
write a story on paper with a pencil, play flute...
|Note my assistant in the background.|