UNPLUGGED: Hundreds of Activities for Teens to Do Without a Screen By Paul Walker, Alexandra Boyden Walker and Calvin Boyden Walker
The Walkers, Paul, Alexandra and Calvin, debut authors introduce us to their book about having a richer life by going, “UNPLUGGED”:
INTELLIGENT AND FUNNY, this book is designed for teenagers; it has hundreds of fun activities that teenagers can do that don't involve a screen.
Some of the ideas are free and only take a few minutes while others may cost a small fortune and take years.
UNPLUGGED contains useful ideas, such as creative ways to earn money and ideas to make your parents happy.
There are a number of activities teens can do with their friends or to do to make new friends.
The first section includes lists of activities that people can do, from cooking to earning money.
The second includes things that teens should know about, like how to avoid being poor, how to negotiate, how to tell if someone is lying, and other similar skills.
The third is similar to the second, only more focused on health. Because some of the sections are simply long lists, at the bottom “activities” were added which serve as hints or jumping-off points for that particular list.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Paul Walker is the dad. His daughter Alexandra Boyden Walker (age 13) and his son Calvin Boyden Walker (age 17) give their dad “rant scores” whenever he contributes to the book, yet it is obvious they have deep respect for him. Teens themselves, they are concerned their peers will grow up with compromised social skills because of their obsession with their devices, spending the equivalent of 136 days a year on them. So they did extensive research and created lists of healthier activities to do instead.
Visit the authors on their website: http://mindfulcynic.com/.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I found it entertaining and insightful, with a healthy dose of cute.
I think that everyone benefits from engaging in different activities at all ages, but especially in the school-age years.
The chapter on volunteering is quite good and provides ideas for volunteering in many different areas of interest. They can also be implemented in towns of almost any size. Learning the value of serving and assisting others is an important life skill to have. Almost all nonprofit organizations would fold without any volunteers.
Many of the activities are way fun! Quite a few of them can easily be leveraged into a hobby or in a few cases, a business. Lessons can be learned, while having fun, that will remain with a person all throughout life.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly. It’s fun, enjoyable, helps to build a well-rounded personality through a variety of experiences.
I award 5 stars to “UNPLUGGED”! Congratulations to all of the authors!
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