A Day Without Tech: Getting Back To Classic Creative Play

Bottle Bowling

As most of you know, I review kid apps for various smartphones and tablets. As a new Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board member, I’ll be seeing a lot of toys over the next year too. Yet, I think it is important to remember that play doesn’t always have to have bells and whistles.

Toys, apps, puzzles, and dolls all help kids create imaginary places or be imaginary things, but so can other basic objects. That’s where we, as parents or caregivers, come in. It is easy to rely on the iPad or the board game to provide the stimulus and play opportunity. However, we need to think outside the box, in order to teach our kids to think outside the box too.

On a rainy day recently, we put away the iPad and the Playskool Ball Popper, and pulled out empty water bottles and a blue ball. We created our own bowling alley in our family room.

Since my son is only two, we focused on setting the bottles (using the opportunity to count).

Bottle Bowling 2

And, of course knocking them down. (Sometimes with the ball…and sometimes not.)

Bottle Bowling 3

For an older child, you can expand the play opportunity. Create homemade score sheets, find prizes that someone can win (maybe extra dessert that night or a pass on setting the table) and simulate a real game. It can be done inside on a rainy day or outside on a sunny day.

Keep a collection of bottles, paper towel rolls, and boxes in the basement, garage or closet. Pull them out from time to time to see what sparks the imagination, and to give everyone a break from technology and toys. It will expand the cognitive development of a child, but, frankly, a simple break will make the toys and tech-gear seem fresh and new again too.

All in all, the act of play should spur imagination. But sometimes, imagination itself, is what spurs the act of play.

Bottle Bowling 4

By Parent Advisory Board Member: Charlene DeLoach
Follow Charlene on Twitter @CharChronicles

13 Responses to “A Day Without Tech: Getting Back To Classic Creative Play”

  1. Barbara

    Whenever it rains, that can be a lot of days during the summer here, we always go no tech and then plan a day of fun as a family. We have readathons, build forts, sock skate and so much more. I think adults and kids alike need to take a tech break and remember that your imagination is more fun than anything technology can do for you.

  2. I couldnt agree more traditional and creative toys play quite simply encourages more rounded development.

    App toys and gadgets will no doubt boom and as a toy shop we will need to evolve to accommodate that market; however can’t help but think about the fun times past and present as a parent we have had the most fun interacting with the kids and every time it’s been through creative play / toy making!

    Recently made the little baby a rattle out of nut shells and small plastic bottle and she loved it ;-))

  3. Nice one!:) this could assist in teaching a child that they would not only enjoy playing with technologies but with different toys also that could help in their development and in health.

  4. Mia Dentice Carey

    We would play a version of dodge ball where the object was to protect your own but knock down the opponent’s bottles.

  5. Rochel S

    I did something similar with my son the other day. He LOVED it!

  6. I used to love bowling in the house as a kid!!! So much fun!!


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