Ideas for Screen Free Wellbeing Day – Years 7 & 8

September 2nd, 2021

Friday 3 September is our Screen Free Wellbeing Day. The staff at Mater Christi College have put their heads together to give you ideas for how to go screen free this Friday.  Have a look down the list and see if anything takes your fancy.

  • Gardening – prepare a small garden bed for seeds – vegetables and flowers work well most sunny, open spaces.
  • Check compost bins (if you have one) and don’t forget to add dry matter, such as leaves, twigs and even paper and cardboard.
  • Find a real photo album and find out who the people are or
  • Make a collage, or scrapbooking page or photoboard about people you miss
  • using materials from home, branches, ribbon, wrapping paper, old frame.
  • Nature art. Go for a walk and collect items that you find on the ground. Create a frame using sticks and create an image using your found items inside the frame.
  • Get a camera and take photos of family and pets
  • Cook a meal or create a buffet for the family
  • Play a boardgame with a brother or sister or Solitaire on your own.  Jigsaws are also great activities to cultivate mindfulness.
  • Create a vision board, place this in a prominent place, desk or wall in your room
  • Write a letter to a loved one who you can’t see at the moment (yes, handwrite a letter!) walk to the mailbox to send it (you may need a parent or carer to organise a stamp).
  • Tie dye an old t-shirt using tea bags
  • Pen Pals (set up a pen pal system in your group and create a parcel for one person each and post these. Include something old, something new, something yummy, something sweet and a card of support)
  • Have a “Biscuit Bake Off”. Challenge a close by friend or neighbour to bake a batch of biscuits than swap half a batch each so you both can enjoy each other's baking.
  • Make a batch of playdough and deliver it to a neighbour with small children.
  • Set up a book swap station outside your house. People can take a book and drop one off in its place
  • Rummage through the closets and put on a fashion show of the eras or your own ideas style
  • Create an obstacle course for your younger siblings or your dog
  • Play hide and seek inside and outside.
  • If you have a tent, set it up in the back yard and ask if you can cook a camp dinner – with help of course.
  • Draw a self portrait from a photo or from your imagination.
  • Knit or crochet a scarf or bracelet for a friend or family member and post it to them with a note that you were thinking of them.
  • Help out a family member, wash the car, do the ironing, load and empty dishwasher, vacuum, …
  • Read / listen to a book you have been wanting to start
  • Set up a scavenger hunt for little brothers or sisters
  • Make stained glass windows with cellophane and black paper
  • Walk the dog, bike ride, go for a run
  • Set up a fitness course for you and the family. Maybe a set of 10 stations. EG: Star jumps, skipping rope, sit ups, running on the spot, squats, biceps curls with canned food....
  • Spring clean and reorganise your room
  • What can you give to others in need?
  • Be a florist- collect branches, leaves and flowers from outside and arrange in vases/jars
  • Make slime or playdough for a younger sibling
  • Write a play or poem and perform it for the family
  • If you play an instrument, try learning a new piece
  • Create a gratitude board…
  • Create a sign for your window to show you care about your neighbourhood-EG: Stay Safe, Smile, We can do this!
  • Set up a book swap station outside your house. People can take a book and drop one off in its place
  • Rummage through the closets and put on a fashion show of the eras or your own style.