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Child-reading-300x200Both kids and adults spend a lot of time in front of “screens” these days. While there are entertaining games and programs on those screens, some of us feel we may be losing the fun that comes from interacting with one another. Children are missing out on old-fashioned play and families are becoming separated from one another as each person sits individually, pushing buttons.


Here are five books that encourage families to get back to basics and play together. Projects and activities range from art to nature to things as simple as conversations.


Unplugged: Ella Gets Her Family Back by Laura Pedersen: Ella is feeling left out as all the older people in her family are busy with various gadgets. She just wants to do some things together. Find out how Ella convinces the family they need to manage their time with technology.


Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun by Bobbi Conner: This book has hundreds of games and activities to keep the family busy and engaged.


500 Things to do with Your Children Before They Grow Up by Linda Williams Aber: Keep busy with your children because they’ll grow up before you’ve had a chance to stargaze, stomp in mud puddles and teach them skills such as a perfect, firm handshake.


Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids by Rebecca Cohen: Lots of cheap and easy ways to enjoy nature together.


Family Fun Night by Cynthia Copeland: Read about tons of ways to have fun with the family, including those hard to please teenagers.