On Saturday 30th March 2019, millions of people all over the world are ditching the power for an hour between 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm to raise awareness for #Earth Hour. The Mums NI Team will be joining in and dedicating the time to good old fashioned family time minus the electronic distractions.
We will also use this time to reiterate to the children the importance of looking after the planet in order to help nature and wildlife and the positive steps we can make as a family to help reduce climate change.
As it's going to be dark, we will be using candles and torches to help light our livingroom. Here are a few suggestions of what you can get up to with the family as you unplug for an hour.
Snuggle together under a duvet on the sofa and read a few chapters out loud to the family. We are planning on reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to our little ones.
Tell stories to the children about your favourite street games from your childhood. Ask your children what their favourite street games are. Are they similar or vastly different?
Play a board game the whole family can enjoy. We will be playing Bunny Jump and Frozen.
Practice playing your musical instrument such as guitar/tin whistle/piano and have a sing song together. If you don't have any musical instruments just use pots and pans and make a rockband! The kids will love it - let them go wild.
Discuss your favourite songs/music and compile your ideal family set list that you can listen to once when you're powered on again.
Take turns saying what you enjoy about being part of your family - reinforce positive affirmations.
Get the photo albums out and go through old photographs. Perhaps there's some that your children will have never seen before.
Ask the children to tell you what they would like to do during the Easter Break as a family and make plans.
Listen to each other as you all take it in turns to talk about how your day has been or your favourite things.
Put names in a hat and select one each. Get the arts and crafts box out and make that person a special gift/picture.
If it's dry, lie in the back garden for some star gazing. See if you can spot any shooting stars or planets. Can you name any of the constellations?
You can find out more about Earth Hour here: https://www.wwf.org.uk
Let us know how you're going to be spending Earth Hour by leaving a comment below.