How To Entertain, Distract, and Unplug Your Kids {Book Review}


Cynthia received a copy of “How to Entertain, Distract, and Unplug your Kids” in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are honest and her own.

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“According to a 2010 national study, eight to eighteen year olds spend seven hours and thirty-eight minutes using entertainment media per day. Two-thirds of American households in 2010 kept a television on during meals, and only one-third of American households in 2010 had media-consumption rules.”

Needless to say, those statistics are OL,well to be exact…. 5 years old. Wonder what those statistics are now? We probably don’t want to know.

But…..We as parents do know that there are times our kids need to be unplugged and screen-free in this techy world. With the pressures of schools testing online and providing ipads for each student, our kiddos cannot get away as easily from the screens.
In his new book, How To Entertain, Distract, and Unplug Your Kids – Tricks, Tools, and Spontaneous Screen-Free Activities, Matthew Jervis provides tips, tricks, and tools to keep kids engaged and off of your phone. His simple tricks will turn their boredom into fun, teachable, and productive (sometimes) moments in this irreverent yet practical guide.

From photo bombing magazines in the dentist’s office to sock matching speed trials to making bread, this book provides spontaneous activities that kids can do with or without you, leaving time for you to do parent stuff.

Jervis’ tips are also low to no cost and simple to make – all while encouraging creativity and learning while UNPLUGGED. Get your copy today!

About the Author
Matthew Jervis is a graphic designer and artist and a single dad. Matt has appeared numerous times at Maker Faire and has served as a consultant for summer camps, universities, and private and public teaching programs. He has taken his programs all over California and beyond–as a featured speaker for corporate retreats, homeschool groups, scouting groups, universities, and elementary and middle schools. Matt currently teaches undergrad and graduate courses in Creative Strategies and Thinking in the M.F.A. He lives in Berkeley, California

“How To Entertain, Distract, and Unplug Your Kids” can be purchased at or on Amazon.

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