DIY projects and games to have fun on World Unplug Day

DIY projects and games to have fun on World Unplug Day

Global Unplug Day is an annual event that takes place on the first Friday of March and encourages families to step away from screens to spend time with each other.

To help celebrate the day, Good Morning America caught up with parenting expert Erika Souter to discuss how families can opt out of contact.

Souter said the most important way to disconnect is obvious: Turn off phones, computers, TVs, personal assistants and video games.

“The point of this day is to show us that we don’t need our devices in our hands all the time,” Souter said. “It’s a terrifying prospect for most, but take solace in the fact that you’ll be sleeping for part of it.”

She also had a few suggestions for what you and your family can do during this screen-free time, which can easily fill an entire day.

Scavenger hunt in nature

You don’t need special accessories,” she explained. “Make a list of things you would find outdoors: a green car, a red bird, someone wearing orange sneakers, a small dog, a big dog, someone laughing, a spider web. And have small rewards—small incentives make it more fun.”

A quick act of kindness

Souter’s ideas for kindness are simple yet impactful ways to reach out and improve your community.

“We plan to take cookies to the firehouse across the street,” she told “GMA,” adding, “It could be taking a flower to a neighbor or shoveling the neighbor’s snow.”

Help someone in need

Many of us have far more material goods than we actually need, so consider giving a little extra to help a good cause.

“Anyone can go through their closets, books and toy bins and find items to donate,” Suter said.

Make a meal together

A day off is the perfect time to try a new recipe together as a family. Whether your family loves pancakes or prefers a spicy dish using a viral chicken hack, try to save the recipes in advance to avoid scrolling through your screen time.

Learn something new

While Souter offers options like “origami, dance moves or knitting,” the options are endless for what you can learn as a family. Try looking through activity books or searching for local classes to see what’s available in your area.

In addition to the above suggestions, crafts and games are also great ways to spend your day without contact! Below you’ll find suggestions from Craft Studio NYC owner Lindsay Pearce, as well as some other “GMA” picks for games to play to keep you off your phone and in sync with each other.

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DIY bath bomb

You can carefully cut a tennis ball in half to use as a shape, or take the shapes we’ve linked below to create a fun bath bomb at home.

“Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, the wet ingredients in a small bowl,” Peirce said of the super simple at-home spa day craft. “Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix quickly! Mix until light and fluffy, then completely fill the two halves of the ball or mold and press together until they lock in place!”

Once dry, add them to a hot tub for a relaxing soak.

ingredients

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup citric acid

1/2 cup baking soda

1/3 cup Epsom salt

1 1/2 teaspoons coconut or castor oil

1/2 teaspoon essential oil

1/2 tablespoon of water

food colorings

Shop the ingredients below:

12 pcs. DIY Metal Bath Bomb Molds Set of 6

Amazon Fresh, Corn Starch, 16 oz Brand: Ama

Billion Citric Acid – 100% Pure Food Grade Non-GMO Project Verified (2 lbs)

365 from Whole Foods Market Baking Soda 16 oz

Dr. Thiel’s Pure Epsom Salt Soak, Relax & Relief with Eucalyptus & Peppermint, 3 lbs

Set of essential oils from PURE AROMA 100% Pure Oils

Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 fl oz – Non-GMO, Cold Pressed and Unrefined Coconut Oil Certified Organic – Naturally Flavored Coconut Oil for Cooking and Baking

Food Coloring Set – 12 colors of vibrant food coloring

Make your own body scrub

This recipe is even easier! Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl, then mix them up and pour into jars for storage.

ingredients
1 cup cane sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons of safflower oil
5 to 10 drops of lemon essential oil
5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil

Shop the ingredients:

Domino Granulated White Sugar, 4 lb

Daana Safflower Oil: Certified USDA Organic, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed, High Oleic (12 oz)

MAJESTIC PURE Lemon Essential Oil, Premium Grade, Pure and Natural Premium Oil, 4 fl oz

MAJESTIC PURE Premium Grade Lavender Essential Oil for Aromatherapy, Massage and Topical Use, 4 fl oz

Make your own lip balm

This recipe makes six to eight lip balms, depending on your storage containers. Simply add all the ingredients to a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the mixture is melted. Once this is done, carefully scoop the mixture into containers and place them in the fridge to set.

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons of beeswax
4 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil

Shop the ingredients:

White Beeswax Pellets 2LB 100% Pure and Natural Triple Filtered for Skin, Face, Body and Hair Care DIY Creams, Lotions, Lip Balms and Soap Making Supplies

Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 fl oz – Non-GMO, Cold Pressed and Unrefined Coconut Oil Certified Organic – Naturally Flavored Coconut Oil for Cooking and Baking

Bio-Oil Skincare body oil

MAJESTIC PURE Peppermint Essential Oil, Premium Grade, Pure and Natural Premium Oil, 4 fl oz

wet n wild Lipstick Mega Last High-Shine Lipstick

Games the whole family will love

The original The Floor is Lava! Game by Endless Games – Interactive game for kids and adults – Encourages physical activity – Safe indoors and outdoors

GoSports Ladder Toss Indoor/Outdoor Game Set with 6 Soft Rubber Bolo Balls and Travel Case – Choose Pro or Classic

More “GMA” game & outdoor picks

Mattel Games Giant UNO card game for kids, adults and family dinners, large cards and custom wild cards for 2-10 players

Taco vs. Burrito family board game

Exploding Kittens Happy Salmon Family-Friendly Party – Card Games for Adults, Teens and Kids

BooTaa 29″ Large Dart Board for Kids

Hey! Play! Hopscotch Ring Game – 10 multi-colored plastic rings and 15 connectors for indoor or outdoor use

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