Anti-Electronics Activity Jar


Every day I feel like I hear these words at least once per hour; “Mama, can we watch TV?”, “Can I play Xbox?”, “Can I play on your Kindle, Mom?” I’ve tried limiting their video game time as much as I can while still letting them enjoy their games. We also utilize these printable electronics tickets the kids can earn to play their favorite games. It is fairly clear to me now that the constant stream of questions aren’t going to stop anytime soon, so I came up with another idea to help distract them from electronics. Inspired by the popular date in a jar, our family created the “Anti-Electronics Activity Jar” that gives the kids ideas on what to do with themselves when they aren’t allowed to play their video games.


A creative way to encourage the kids to unplug and participate in some activities that aren't on electronics.


First, I let the kids decorate their jar. Next, I wrote out a variety of non-electronic activities on wooden sticks. Finally, I gave them a lesson in how the jar works and we put the jar in a special, easy to reach place.

Whenever they want to play on electronics and they aren’t allowed to, the children are instructed to draw a stick. Then they must complete that activity. Some require both of them, encouraging them to play together. Now, I am beginning to hear the words, “Mama, can I pull a stick?”. It’s a nice change.


A creative way to encourage the kids to unplug and participate in some activities that aren't on electronics.


The activities we wrote down (change to suit your family. Update them as needed)

  • Play with magic kit
  • Coloring books
  • Play with cars
  • Build Legos/Blocks
  • Tea party
  • Build a fort
  • Look at magazines
  • Play a board game
  • Peaceful box time
  • Read books
  • Exercise
  • Use story cubes
  • Write in journal
  • Play with playdough
  • Listen to music
  • Imagination play
  • Play with ponies/dolls
  • Origami
  • Dot to dot
  • Dance
  • Take a nap
  • Build a puzzle
  • Play with Tag reader
  • Organize special/trinket box
  • Draw with chalk
  • Ride tricycles
  • Play with stuffed animals
  • Cut out shapes
  • Play I spy
  • Draw pictures
  • Use flash cards
  • Open a shop
  • Brush the cat



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