I get a pang of nostalgic guilt (and feel incredibly ancient) when my children ask me about the ‘olden days’. You know, that mystical time before iPads and mobile phones.
We lament the loss of those screen-free days – but one Aussie family is helping recapture the simple joy of family fun with a clever game.
Tech-free fun for the whole family
The Things ToDo Together game is such a simple concept, but it will have your family reconnecting and thinking, not just a couple of hours, but for days.
It’s aimed at families who have kids aged from five to 13, and contains 30 activity cards to get the creative juices flowing!
Alexandra, Dave and their daughter Freya came up with the concept as a way of getting their own family to reconnect. All you need to do is draw a card and read it out. Then the family can start planning how to tackle the activity.
Some activities require a bit of forward planning, but you can also keep it spontaneous if you find some time on your hands. The games take anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour to complete. The only rule is to make sure your family is focused – no distractions!
Quality time without limits
What we particularly love about the ToDo Game is the exploration of delayed gratification. It’s so important when we live in a time where everything is at our fingertips, and we can pretty much instantly get anything we want.
For instance, one of the activities is to create a family time capsule. This means that the fruits of your ToDo Game labour won’t actually be reaped until some time in the future. It’s a great way to teach the kids that good things come to those who wait.
You can grab the ToDo Game for $37.50, which includes postage. And here’s another nice touch – part of the proceeds go to providing sports equipment to disadvantaged kids.
And for more screen-free games and activities read our fab article on nature play with 30+ ideas for play.