Put Down That Remote!

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By Hiranya Verma, Class 6 D, Navy Children School, Kochi

An article on how to cut down your screen time during lock down We’re all guilty of spending too much screen time, but, in our defence, there isn’t much to do after our work is finished. Either that or we’re just too lazy (my case). So, it’s about time we give up the remote and look at our handy-dandy to-do-anything-that-doesn’t-involve-T V-or-video games list.

1. Scrap booking: This is a recent hobby which I found and quite liked it. You can do the same, too. There are no rules, all you have to do is cut, paste, and draw your feelings or memories in a book. Whether you want it all neat and tidy, all organised, or go full chaotic, that’s up to you. Cut out photos, draw your own stuff, decorate with thread and stickers, anything and everything is allowed. And if you’re having problems thinking up a topic, I’ve prepared a list for you:
1. Memories
2. Places (where you’ve been, where you want to go, etc.)
3. Dreams
4. Friends
5. Food
6. A little bit of everything
7. About yourself

2.Arts and crafts: I’ve recently picked up another hobby called ‘draw what you see’, as I sometimes see stuff in a whole new manner (a pile of books’ shadows as a face, a tree as a dancing girl, etc.). Some people do the same with clouds and trees and such, and it’s very relaxing to draw them out. You can also start on your new comic, draw a masterpiece or just doodle. Or, if you want to awaken your creative side and do craft, no one’s stopping you. Customise your stationary, create an epic pop-out card for someone you love, or paint rocks (which is not as boring as it sounds!). There is time for everything (literally.).

3.Writing: Pick up that pen and paper (or laptop) and unleash your literature side! Compose poems, be the next Shakespeare, or jot down ideas for your next book or article. Whether it’s self-help, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, or non-fiction, if you love writing (or typing), no one can stop you. It’s fun for me (result: this article) and maybe it’s your passion, too! If you don’t want to do any of that, you can always pick up diary writing. You can spill out your emotions in the form of words and doodles, share secrets, or write about your day. Choose a lined, blank, grid, coloured, or white paged book, it’s up to you!

4. Paper-pen game making: Believe it or not, I actually do this. Mostly because it’s an easier way to store ideas then in my head, but also because it’s fun. You can re-create classics like Tic-Tac-Toe with a few tweaks of your own, create your own classic, or make a story game. If you’re getting confused, I made a short description for some types of games I know. Classics Games which require more logical thinking and strategies, word games or sometimes games which require guesswork in the beginning e.g. Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman Story Games Games which follow a certain story and you do the things required to finish the story (or quests). Often, there are different mini games such as word searches, or spot the differences (I often make these). e.g. The prince (a non-player character in the game) is kidnapped, so the player must first find all seven keys in the picture, then find certain words in a word search to free the prince. These games can actually be made on paper, some doodles if you don’t want to draw much, or a whole elaborate plan if you have time on your hands and don’t know what to do with it. Word games e.g. Word search, hangman Some people do like to make word searches for themselves, but it takes a bit of time if you’re making a big one. Instead of making these, you can solve them, if you’re in the mood of player-thinking. These are all ideas if you’re getting bored at home or you want to cut your screen time. I hope you all have a nice time.

Take Care, stay at home, stay Safe

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