‘Childhood unplugged’ photos are our new feel-good addiction

Little girl smiling in grass

In the daily hubbub of life, it’s sometimes hard to pluck the time to slow things down or go outside. It’s often left for weekends and even then, activities and commitments often prevent us from prioritising the cosy, quiet or wander-y.

Experts are quick to remind us that unscheduled time is key to developing happy healthy kids.

“We may see sitting on a blanket in the yard, looking at the clouds as a waste of time,” Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at James Madison University, Dorothy Sluss explains.

“But children view that as a time to wonder, to grow. That’s when they develop and have sensory stimulation.”

We know this and yet it’s so hard to find the time. Still, even if we are caught up in the busy-ness of everyday life at this moment, there is nothing to stop us from scrolling through aspirational down-time reminders via Instagram tags like #childhoodunplugged.

Hopefully these ace shots will get us back in touch with more plodding, less goal-focused endeavours and actually push us (and our kids) outside (or back under the blankets!)

Here’s a few of our unplugged favourites. Now slow down. Or get outside. Or have a rambling chin-wag with your kiddos, even? If you can.

Giddy up!

These boots were made for walking

A sprinkle in time

Ninja moves

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Next Ninja Warrior 😂

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Nature walk

Getting things rolling

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Roller skates are heavy.

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Tiny gangs are tiny

Bringing the cosy

Just a splash…

Let’s bounce!

Partners in crime

Last light

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#whpinmotion @instagram

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A huge thanks to these families and photographers for sharing their gorgeous, unplugged moments.

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