Sunday, January 15, 2017

DIY Cell Phone Coop : The No Cell Phone Challenge!

Have you heard of the cell phone family challenge? It originated at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Georgia, where franchise owner Brad Williams noticed how many of his customers were talking or playing on their cell phones instead of engaging with one another during meals. So he created the 'cell phone coop,' where guests could store their cell phones while they enjoyed their food (and each other). It's a great way to get families to interact again, and an encouraging way to disconnect from smart phones and tablets, at least for a little while. Check out the cell phone coop we created for our devices here at home!


All it Takes is a Shoebox!

Family members can each make their own box, or you can make one large one for the whole family. I used a flip-top shoebox, and decided to decorate it simply with permanent markers, colored pencils, paper and clear packing tape. This box already had a small hole in the side, which was perfect for the charger. So our box served a dual purpose- it was also a charging station!


I thought it would be funny to create a place that our phones would 'want' to be in - a cell phone retreat, aptly named The Cell Hotel (where the motto is, STAY, REST, RECHARGE - those phones get tired, you know).



The idea is to park your cell phones in there for the duration of the meal. They have to be turned to silent (this is a quality hotel, after all!).



We even drew beds for our phones inside the box hotel. I figured they should be as comfy as possible in this establishment!



The Jersey Momma's Boy is still young, so cell phones at the table are not a huge issue for us just yet. But it's still a nice way for us all to remember what's important. At this point I think we need a place for The Jersey Momma's Boy to keep his tablet, since he's always glued to that. So perhaps this would work better...


And momma needs to close her laptop, which is always open on the dinner table, and such a bad habit, too! So maybe we need one of these


What do you think? Can you do it? Go ahead and try the Cell Phone Challenge!


*Disclosure: I am a proud member of the Chick-fil-A Moms Panel, and this post was written with inspiration from their Cell Phone Challenge.  I received no compensation for the post and the ideas were all my own. I just like sharing this stuff with ya, don'tcha know?

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