Are you looking for wholesome activities for the whole family to enjoy away from the television, computer, tablet, or electric toaster? Here are a few suggestions for things to do while you’re unplugged:

Write an epic. Choose a historical subject with a broad sweep, such as your town’s incorporation as a borough.

Dig a hole. Everyone loves to dig, and holes have many practical uses in the garden or parlor.

Teach yourself abstract expressionism. It’s easier than you might think.

Move a piano. For their size, pianos are heavier than any other object you will find in the house. The logistics of moving one even just between rooms will keep you entertained for hours.

Start a political party. Most successful political parties were started by bored people with too much time on their hands.

Mow the lawn. Do you remember whether you have a lawn? Try looking outside. If you have no lawn, perhaps you have a shag rug, which can be just as much fun.

Build your own Ponzi scheme. Ponzi schemes are lots of fun, and the best part is that even the wealthiest investors will fall for them if you tell a good story.

Mope. Moping can consume hours or even days and requires no other equipment than an active imagination.

Count your fingers and toes. You may think you know the answer already, but when was the last time you actually tried the experiment?


  1. Clay Potts says:

    Having failed to unplug the TV, computer and tablet before plugging in the electric toaster, this post could not have appeared at a better time…

  2. Captain DaFt says:

    I tried the finger counting experiment, counting down from 10.
    10, 9, 8, 7, 6, plus 5 fingers on the other hand equals… Eleven!?
    Learned something new today!

  3. We’re told we have ten fingers, but the thumbs oppose this view.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  4. RepubAnon says:

    The finger and toe counting exercise is especially entertaining during long, cold, Alaskan nights… or for people working near power saws.

  5. Dies Irae says:

    For maximum effect, the Central Pennsylvania Guild of Piano Tuners recommends moving your piano at least once a week, and up or down at least one flight of stairs if at all possible. Other recommendations include: place the piano over a heat register or near a damp basement wall; if you have uneven flooring, adjust the piano so that the harp is under maximum torque; finally, make sure your children know how to access the instrument’s inner workings to more conveniently drop toys and food inside.

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