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First up, enjoying and promoting the benefits of a digital detox isn’t about demonising the digital world. The digital world can be a wonderful, enriching, exciting place to be.
It’s simply about balance – being conscious of the downsides of too much screen time and acknowledging the importance of cutting back if life with technology is becoming too overwhelming.
But most of all it’s about reconnecting with the real and imagined world – reconnecting with yourself, with others and with nature.
Benefits Of Play
Us adults often talk about the importance of staying ‘young at heart’, but how much of it is simply lip service? When was the last time you played? When was the last time you did something purposeless, fun and pleasurable for more than a few minutes?
According to Pysch Central, play brings joy and is vital for problem solving, creativity and relationships. It can even facilitate deep connections between strangers and cultivate healing.
And it’s just as important to adults and teens as it is to children. Children are just innately better at it, although technology is increasingly challenging this. Either way, the older we get, the less we play. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Book a Digital Detox Play Jam.
Digital Detox Play Jams
Adults and children alike need to engage in creative play. Not only does Larrikin Puppets offer play jams for teens, adults and seniors, but all our kids classes actively involve an adult parent or carer.
- Corporate Adult Play Jams (2 hours to 2 days)
- Charity Adult Play Jams (2 hours to 2 days)
- Adult Play Jams (2-8 hours)
- Teen Play Jams (2-8 hours)
- Baby Play Jams (2 hours)
- Kids Play Jams (2-4 hours)
- Seniors Play Jams (2-8 hours)
Play Jams feature facilitated activities undertaken individually and in groups such as:
- reflection writing and drawing
- postcard writing
- playing with a ball
- playing with building blocks
- making a sock puppet
- making flower garlands
- blowing bubbles
- photography (using cameras)
- performing with puppets
- chalk drawing or painting
- hop scotch, elastics, marbles, skip rope
- dancing (alone)
- singing (group)
- deep breathing
- nature walk
- walking barefoot
- building a sandcastle
Activities vary depending on the age, availability, space, time and needs of Play Jam participants. Play Jams are customised accordingly.
Benefits Of A Digital Detox
A digital detox involves ditching the computer, the smart phone, the television and the computer games. And the benefits? Well, according to Beyond Blue:
- You’ll be calmer and more content
- You’ll be more productive
- You’ll enjoy healthier relationships
- Your physical health will improve
- Your sleep will improve
Participating in a Digital Detox Play Jam is all about practicing how to digital detox. Not only does it give participants a dedicated space away from the screen, but they will leave the Jam with examples of activities and actions they can continue on their own, in their own time.
From 2 hours to 2 days, Digital Detox Play Jams can be hosted on beautiful Bribie Island or as an incursion in your workplace, library, school or childcare centre. Let’s chat! For further details and pricing contact us now.
Our Passion For Play
At Larrikin Puppets, we strongly believe the amount of time people are spending in and on technology at home, at work and at play can inhibit creativity, cognitive control, decision making abilities, emotional processing and attention to detail.
Our goal is to get people away from technology by providing facilitated activities that:
- focus on enjoying time spent alone, time for self reflection and time for expressing creativity;
- encourage connection with other people; and
- explore our connection with nature.