Best Activities Not Involving Technology 2019

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Favorite Activities for Kids and Adults that don’t involve Technology

Let’s face it, we are all getting addicted to our mobile devices, laptops, home computers, and even have little devices to control our home. It is time we all start getting back to the basics and to enjoy activities that involve interaction, communication, competition, and cooperation. Here is our list of the best activities to help you do just that.

Best Cabin Activities


Horseshoes is an outdoor game played between two people (or two teams of two people) using four horseshoes and two throwing targets (stakes) set in a lawn or sandbox area. The game is played by the players alternating turns tossing horseshoes at stakes in the ground, which are traditionally placed 40 feet (12 m) apart. Modern games use a more stylized U-shaped bar, about twice the size of an actual horseshoe.

St. Pierre American Professional Series Horseshoes Complete Set: Includes 4 Horseshoes, 24-inch Solid Steel Stakes, Official Rulebook, and Black Plastic Tote

Enjoy a competitive day out with the St. Pierre American Professional Horseshoes set. Designed by a World Champion horseshoe pitcher and made in the USA, these solid steel horseshoes feature a trademarked design that put them a cut above the rest. These NHPA-approved horseshoes have more weight forged in the tips to give the pitcher better balance and control. It also has longer tips, a tapered leading edge allowing the shoes to slide into the stakes and a ringer breaker to rotate the shoe. Pitch like the pros with the finger positioner which helps beginners hold the shoe properly. This complete set comes with 4 forged steel American horseshoes(Blue and Gray), 2 solid steel stakes (24 inches long), a copy of the official rulebook, and a handy black plastic tote. Order yours from Dazadi and enjoy 60 days manufacturer warranty and FREE shipping!


Proudly made in the USA, the St. Pierre American Presidential horseshoe set includes all the necessary items for 2- to 4-person play including 4 American horseshoes with hammertone finish, two 24-in long solid steel stakes, and an official rulebook with court layout instructions. The contents come in a mahogany stained box with natural wood cover and heat-branded graphics.


Model Building

Model Building

Plastic model figures can be created of boats, cars, planes, and/or even spacecraft. They can be built to any scale one desires, though 1:24 is the most common. They can also be designed and built with different levels of complexity.

As hobbies go, the items can teach skills that video games cannot. One of the first things one will learn from assembling a model is how to plan out a project in steps. One must choose a starting point and an order in which the parts are to be assembled so that the finished project looks the way one wants it to. Most kits come with a set of instructions, but there is a choice of whether to follow them in precise order or change the order up to make assembly more convenient.

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It has long been said that patience is a virtue. While video games can be entertaining, they do nothing to teach one about patience. Assembling a model, on the other hand, teaches one how to be patient. This is because the glue used in assembly must be allowed to dry before one moves to the next step. Failure to do so could result in parts that have been put together falling apart under strain.

Revell Corsair F4U-4 1:48 Scale

Corsair F4U-4 US Navy/Marines inverted gull wing fighter. Featuring raised panel lines, actual folding wings, retracting landing gear and doors. Optional armament, 3 external drop tanks, 2 – 1000 lbs. bombs and 8 underwing rockets.

The Corsair, single place Navy fighter, was the last propeller-driven fighter made in the U.S. Unique in appearance with its inverted gull wing shape, it was designed for carrier operation but was flown from Pacific airstrips by Marine Corps pilots and enjoyed a distinguished postwar career in Korea.

Revell 1:48 P – 40B Tiger Shark Plastic Model Kit

The best U.S. fighter at the time of Pearl Harbor, the P-40 blazed across the skies of China in the hands of the famous Flying Tigers. Includes rotating propeller and main wheel.

132549 Features: -: Detailed cockpit interior – canopy may be posed open or closed. -: Rotating propeller and main wheels. -: Detail include shark-mouth nose and pilot figure. -: Waterslide decals for three versions. Product Type: -Hobby / Model Kits. Vehicle Type: -Planes/Military Vehicles. Color: -Multi-Colored. Age Range: -8 to 11 Years. Generic Dimensions: -1.8″ H x 7.5″ W x 12″ D, 0.4 lb. Dimensions: Overall Height – Top to Bottom: -1.8 Inches. Overall Width – Side to Side: -7.5 Inches. Overall Depth – Front to Back: -12 Inches. Overall Product Weight: -0.4 Pounds.

Revell of Germany Battleship Bismarck Plastic Model Kit

Highly detailed 1/700 scale assembly model kit of the World War II German Battleship “Bismarck”, one of the most powerful warships in World War II. The Bismarck’s notable action came during the “Battle of the Denmark Strait” in May 1941, during which the battle cruiser HMS Hood, the pride of the Royal Navy, was struck by shells from her powerful main guns and sank in several minutes. The Bismarck was sunk by the British on May 27, 1941. This Revell Germany 1/700 scale assembly kit features: New tool. Detailed hull and power plant. Decks with textured planks. Gun turrets with individually moving barrels. Filigree masts. 18 tenders. 2 Arado 196 seaplanes. 2 detailed derricks with booms. Display stand. 2 variants to paint: winter 1940/41 and March 1941. 295 parts

The Bismarck and the Tirpitz were the two largest battleships in the Second World War. The Bismarck, with a length of 251 m, went into service on 24.08.1940. On completion of the training runs she took part in the Rhine exercise. On 24.05.1941, in a sea battle off Greenland, she sank the British cruiser HMS Hood. Then the Bismarck, having damage to the bow, made for a French port. During the pursuit by British ships and aircraft the ship was rendered unfit for action by enemy fire and scuttled in the Atlantic.

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Archery for Kids


If you like to do things “old school,” it doesn’t get much better than traditional archery. The bow and arrow have been around for thousands upon thousands of years. This tool has served men as a way of providing food, protection, and recreation since its creation. Genghis Kahn, Robin Hood, and Art Young are just a sample of the great names associated with the “stick and string.” Since these legends have passed on to the happy hunting grounds there have been many advances in the field of archery: compound bows, sights, rangefinders, etc. These may be more “efficient” ways of using the bow and arrow, but not everyone agrees they are better.

Barnett Outdoors Lil Banshee Jr. Compound Youth Archery Set

The Lil’ Banshee Compound Set Is A 18 Pound Compound Bow Featuring An All New Soft Touch Grip, An Ambidextrous Reinforced Handle And Is Offered In An Eye Catching Color For The Beginner. The Set Includes 2 arrows, finger rollers, adjustable pin sight and packaging that can be used as a carrying case.

The Lil Banshee Jr. compound bow set, from renowned archery company Barnett, offers an ideal, affordable way to introduce young archery enthusiasts to this exciting sport. An 18-pound draw weight, 18-to-22-inch draw length compound bow features a newly redesigned soft touch grip for nonslip use and a versatile ambidextrous handle. Snazzy color options include classic black, Realtree camouflage and the set comes with 2 arrows, finger rollers, adjustable pin sight and packaging that can be used as a carrying case.


Bow and Arrow Kids Archery Sets. Sporting Goods – Party Favors. by Gingerscoolstuff

20 Bow and Arrow Archery Sets

•Party Favors for 20.
•Kids will love this new – easy to use bow and arrow archery set.
•Front of bow has an opening for the arrow, simply pull through and attach to string.
•Great for the younger ones.
•Made of a durable plastic.
•12″ Long

Cobra System K-8025 Self Cocking Pistol Tactical Crossbow, 80-Pound

The Cobra System Self Cocking Pistol Tactical Crossbow (model K-8025) has an 80-pound draw weight and uses an easy and safe-to-use cocking mechanism. Manufactured with a strong plastic body and compressed molded fiberglass bow, this crossbow pistol’s firing speed of 165 FPS is ideal for both small game hunting and target practice.

The self-cocking mechanism much more safe and far less strenuous to use. By simply pulling down on a pivoting arm lever, this crossbow’s cable is cocked much more easily, even engaging the safety automatically. The speediness of the new cocking mechanism shortens reload time, allowing you to get off more shots quickly.

This package includes three aluminum arrows with metal tips and adjustable tactical sight.

Prophecy 80 Pound Self-cocking Pistol Crossbow with Cobra System Limb

The very latest version of the worlds best selling pistol crossbow is based on the innovative Barnett Commando Pistol of the late eighties & early nineties. The Prophecy Pistol Crossbow is easy to cock and simple to use but it should not be confused as a toy. The Prophecy is very powerful and can release a crossbow bolt at high speeds over a good distance. Unlike full size crossbows, pistol crossbows do not require a lot of energy to cock, so many crossbow bolts can be fired in a very short period of time. The Prophecy is a break action, semi-automatic loading pistol crossbow having an 80 lb draw weight with a high quality wood-feel aluminum stock, adjustable rear sight, and bead foresight.

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GlenDel Buck 3D Archery Target with Replaceable Insert Core

– LIFE-LIKE BUCK with the body size of a 200 Lb Buck. Stands 34″ at shoulder height, Overall Height 56″ with 150″ B&C Antlers
– Polyfusion Technology fuses the internal layers to the inner target wall resulting in uniform layer compression and EASY ARROW REMOVAL!
– 4-Sided Replaceable Insert Core measures 11″ x 11″ x 11″ and EXTENDS THE TARGET LIFE (For additional Core Inserts Order: Glendel #G71100)
– 5 TIMES THE INSERT SHOOTING SURFACE of comparable 3-D deer targets allows for over 1,000 shots of practice
– STOPS ALL Broadhead and Field Tip Arrows – MADE IN THE USA


Morrell Super Duper Field Point Bag Archery Target – for Compound Bows and Crossbows

Morrell Super Duper Bag Archery Target gives you capability of a shooting target to withstand abuse of Crossbows and Compound Bows with super easy arrow removal. It is even known for easy two arrow removal! This target can withstand thousands of shots from these bows. The target cover is completely replaceable to increase core target life even longer. This is truly an archery target that can last for years and years. With today’s fast crossbows and compound bows an archer needs the advantage of having an extreme durable archery target which this Super Duper Bag Archery Target doesn’t fall short of. The easy tote carrying handle provides easy transport and portability. The grommets included provide easy hanging to increase target life as well, however a stand is not necessary because this target is a free-standing archery target that is locked into the ground like a vault. The graphics gives this target easy visibility for target practice. This target is used for the serious archer who plans to fling thousands of arrows!

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Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Spotting wildlife is the single best reason for visiting wilderness for many people. Learning about wildlife habits and habitat before venturing into wilderness will increase your chances of an encounter. It will also help keep you from unintentionally harming them and their home.

Each season presents a different occasion for viewing wildlife. For instance, spring and fall bird migrations give you a chance to see many unusual species.

Time of day is important, too. Visiting at dawn and dusk, when many animals feed, offers the best moments to spot wildlife.

There are a few ways you can increase your odds of a wildlife encounter:

  • Leave pets at home. The sound and scent of your pooch will scare wildlife away.
  • Move as stealthily as possible. Better yet, choose a comfortable spot and remain still.
  • Blend with your environment. Dress in earth-tones colors and forgo colognes and scented products.

Emarth 20-60x60AE Waterproof Angled Spotting Scope with Tripod, 45-Degree Angled Eyepiece, Optics Zoom 39-19m/1000m Army Green

Emarth 20-60x60AE Waterproof Angled Spotting Scope with Tripod
This Emarth 20-60x60AE Angled Spotting Scope, along with tripod and carring bag, developed with the traveler in mind, this scope features a compact and portable design, is perfect for target shooting, bird watching, hunting, archery, hiking, travling and other outdoor activities. Its dynamic lens ensures you reveal images in optimum contrast, vivid color, and with sharp resolution.

High Quality Materials
Featuring all coated glass optical components, the Spotting Scope provides clean, crisp views. Made with high quality materials to ensure stability and durability, this scope gives you a lifetime of pleasure with a minimal amount of maintenance.

Waterproof and Fogproof
Waterproof and fogproof spotting scope with tripod, ideal for all-weather conditions, provides you with great performance under a wide range of viewing situations.

Ergonomical Design, Convenient and Portable
Along with a tripod and carring bag, the spotting scope and tripod can fit inside the package bag for easy traveling and storage.

Binoculars For Kids | 8×21 Magnification | Compact Scope With Wide & Clear View Field For Travel – Bird Watching – Sporting Events – Children Educational Learning.

Experience nature, sporting events, or Disney’s animal Kingdom by getting closer to the action with high-powered binoculars from Dreamline Product.

Binoculars are a fun and engaging way to interact with nature, get closer to your favorite athletes on the field, when you are ready for that summer vacation, sporting event, camping trip, or any outdoor fun, which is why we’ve made our Dreamline Product Bird Watching Binoculars for Kids are the best choice for kids who love experiencing life in a totally unique way.

Clear, Adjustable and Made for Kids

Crafted to be tough, durable and with an ergonomic, non-slip grip, our binoculars are tailor made with your child in mind. Don’t miss out on the fun you could have with your child while they explore the great outdoors with Dreamline Children’s binoculars

Indoor/Outdoor Safe

Take these versatile binoculars with you wherever you go! Use them at home to watch birds, take them hiking to see the next mountain range, or to your next football game let your child get right in the huddle. They’ll find a million reasons to use these and experience the world in better detail.

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Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)

A perfect gift for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds, this collection of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, and Fox in Socks—will be cherished by young and old alike. Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, they will begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime!





The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Book Set

Hobbits and wizards and Sauron–oh, my! Mild-mannered Oxford scholar John Ronald Reuel Tolkien had little inkling when he published The Hobbit; Or, There and Back Again in 1937 that, once hobbits were unleashed upon the world, there would be no turning back. Hobbits are, of course, small, furry creatures who love nothing better than a leisurely life quite free from adventure. But in that first novel and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo and their elvish friends get swept up into a mighty conflict with the dragon Smaug, the dark lord Sauron (who owes much to proud Satan in Paradise Lost), the monstrous Gollum, the Cracks of Doom, and the awful power of the magical Ring. The four books’ characters–good and evil–are recognizably human, and the realism is deepened by the magnificent detail of the vast parallel world Tolkien devised, inspired partly by his influential Anglo-Saxon scholarship and his Christian beliefs. (He disapproved of the relative sparseness of detail in the comparable allegorical fantasy his friend C.S. Lewis dreamed up in The Chronicles of Narnia, though he knew Lewis had spun a page-turning yarn.) It has been estimated that one-tenth of all paperbacks sold can trace their ancestry to J.R.R. Tolkien. But even if we had never gotten Robert Jordan’s The Path of Daggers and the whole fantasy genre Tolkien inadvertently created by bringing the hobbits so richly to life, Tolkien’s epic about the Ring would have left our world enhanced by enchantment.

John Grisham’s Complete Novels. 24 Book Set

John Grisham Novels : 1. a time to kill 2. the firm 3. the pelican brief 4. the client 5. the chamber 6. the rainmaker 7. the runaway jury 8. the partner 9. the street lawyer 10. the testament 11. the brethren 12. a painted house 13. skipping christmas 14. the summons 15. the king of torts 16. bleachers 17. the last juror 18. the broker 19. the innocent man 20. playing for pizza 21. the appeal 22. the associate 23. ford county 24. the confession

Agatha Christie Collection 9 Book Set (Hercule Poirot Classic Mysteries, THE WORLD’S FAVOURITE)

Agatha Christie Collection Tiltes in the set Hercule Poirot Classic Mysteries: Hickory Dickory Duck, Sad Cypres, Death in the Clouds, The Clocks, The Mystery of the Blue Train, The Murder on the Links, Agatha Christie The World’s Favourite: And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd




Mystery Box Set: A Will and a Way\Mind Over Matter\Risky Business\The Art of Deception\Treasures Lost, Treasures Found

Nobody does romance—or mystery—like New York Times Bestselling Author Nora Roberts…

An isolated adventure in the Catskills leads to unexpected romance. A Hollywood agent is left reeling when the director she’s working with will stop at nothing to uncover her secrets. A dive shop owner’s life in Cozumel is forever changed when her murdered tenant’s brother storms into town with revenge in his heart. A woman falls for an enigmatic stranger, even as her suspicions about his true identity grow. An inherited map to sunken treasure brings romance and peril to an island paradise.

This full collection of captivating beach reads has never been more travel-ready.


Model Trains

Model Trains

Model railroad enthusiasts have collected trains, tracks and related paraphernalia for almost as long as trains themselves have been in existence.

Many of today’s senior citizens have fond memories of finding their dream trains under the Christmas tree as children, but hobbyists aren’t limited to those who hold membership in AARP.

The hobby continues to grow as enthusiasts, both young and old, participate in model railroading in North America and Western Europe as well as other countries around the world.

Starting a hobby of collecting and setting up model railroading for beginners might seem daunting, but this pastime permits you to choose your level of involvement.

You might want to create a limited display with just a few pieces from a particular manufacturer, or you may spend years collecting models depicting a specific time period in railway history.

The primary choice you’ll need to make is among the several different model train scales and gauges. Scale refers to the size of the model in proportion to the actual rail car, while gauge indicates the distance between the track’s rails.

Scales can range from rail cars suitable for transportation that are one eighth the size of actual prototypes to matchbox-sized cars more than 200 times smaller than actual rail cars. Hobbyists select scales primarily by where the model trains will be displayed.

Hobbyists who set up model train displays in their gardens usually prefer the larger G, G1 and G3 model railroads, while those with indoor displays choose O, HO, S or N models.

Kato USA Model Train Products N Scale Santa Fe Super Chief Starter Set

Every hobby begins with a single step; start off on the right foot with a Kato UNITRACK Starter Set. Each starter set comes with a complete oval of track, a Kato Power Pack, a locomotive, three cars, a re-railer and an instruction book on how to assemble and care for your new Starter Set. From then on, the sky’s the limit thanks to UNITRACK’s modular snap-track design. Build a complex basement layout, or keep it simple so that you can take it out in evenings; anything is possible with UNITRACK.

Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer Train Set – O-Gauge

Champion of the rails, this Pennsylvania Flyer O-Gauge train set includes a remote control for easy operation and walk-around fun.

Authentic Details
Behind the electric locomotive, you’ll find a string of rolling stock – including a tank car, a boxcar, and a caboose. And it all operates off Lionel’s handheld LionChief remote control.

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Ring on a String

Ring on a String

We came across the game originally in a beach bar on the Mediteranean, and found it to be one of the most addicting, wonderfully simple activities for groups of people.  The game is great for both kids and adults, and is very easy to set up.  We know it looks like you can just make it at home, but trust us, the kit is so inexpensive and you will be happy you got it as the dimensions have to be perfect in order for the game to work. You might have seen this game called many different things, but they are all the same principle… string hangs down with a ring on it, you have to swing it over and latch it on a hook.

Ring On A String Game

When it comes to fun, it doesn’t have to be complicated thanks to Ring On A String from Channel Crafts. This classic folk game can keep all ages entertained for hours.






Throwing Darts at the Cabin


Believe it or not, the game of darts is actually a professional competitive sport, but you’re more likely to see it played in your local pub or bar. It’s a challenging game that requires a high level of skill, accuracy and a steady hand. And though you might not know it, the health benefits of playing the game are great.

Darts is a huge stress reliever! There are so many professions today that are huge stress producers. Stock brokers, policemen and women, firemen and women, air traffic controllers, any type of public service careers, armed forces, and there are more professions than there is space to put them down. Simply by getting ones mind off of “work,” one can immediately begin to relax and get a mental and physical “breather.” Darts used in this application is nothing more than a diversion, where someone can mentally take a break from being on the job, whether one is physically at work or at home! The Japanese are strong supporters of exercise at work, so I can’t see what harm it would do to have a dart court or two set up in “break room area” on the job. People might actually skip going outside for a smoke to join in a game or two!

Please see our article on the best Dart Board

Playing Foosball


Foosball is commonly categorized as both a game and a sport. To many it is simply a game based on the sport of soccer/football. To an ever growing number of foosball enthusiasts it has evolved into a sport in its own right. There are professional foosball players, player’s associations and a growing number of foosball competitions. Regardless of your skill level, this amazing game/sport will certainly provide years of enjoyment.

Objective – Maneuver your 4 rods to control your 13 player figures to drive the ball towards your target goal. Sounds easy enough… until you have to keep your opponent(s) from doing the same!

Game/Match – A basic game of foosball is a race to 5 points/goals. The first team to 5 goals wins the game. Matches can be played where best 2 out of 3, or 3 out of 5 games wins the match.

Types of Games – Common game formats are Singles (1 player versus 1 player – each player must control 4 rods on their side of the table); Doubles (2 versus 2, where one player per team controls the leftmost/defensive rods, while his partner controls the 5-Bar and Offensive 3-Bar); Goalie War (1 player versus 1 player where each control the leftmost/defensive rods only while the middle 4 rods are not used).

Tornado Sport Foosball Table

The Tornado Sport is the perfect table for both starters and the more experienced player. The height adjustment, durable construction and Mahogany Melamine finish allows for generations of enjoyment from the young, and the young-at-heart.






KICK Foosball Table Triumph Black, 55 In

About KICK Foosball Tables

Foosball is back! Our founder, a 25-year veteran of the sport and a recognized Foosball enthusiast, dreamed of high-quality game table that other Foosball lovers could enjoy- without the high price. After years of research, design and development, KICK was born, creating a new standard in Foosball tables. KICK it old-school style and get your very own KICK Foosball Table today!

About The KICK Triumph Foosball Table

The KICK Triumph was designed for the serious Foosball enthusiast who also enjoy relaxing during play. The chrome detailing against the black color of the table make a striking contrast. The elegant chrome detailing is found on the chrome edging on the body, the trim for the ball return and the ball dispenser holes,the round leg casters, and the support beams on both sides of the table. You will not find a more precise table than this. End every game in triumph with your new KICK Triumph!

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The Best Board Games

Board Games

There is nothing better to get people off of their electronic devices and to start communicating and interacting with each other than Board Games.  And we have put together the ultimate guide to the best Board Games:

Mr Beer Kit

Make Beer

Making your own beer is easy and fun, and fast becoming one of the favorite hobbies of people around the world. You don’t have to invest in any fancy equipment, but you might work your way up to that! The very easy to use Mr. Beer Home Brew Kit is all you need to get started in making your own beer, and it is a great activity to share with others.

Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition 2 Gallon Homebrewing Craft Beer Making Kit

Kit contains a compact, lightweight, shatterproof, reusable Little Brown Keg fermenter that is modeled after the design of professional brewing equipment and brews 2 gallons (16 pints) of delicious craft beer. The gold kit contains two brewing extracts to brew 2 batches (4 gallons/32 pints) of beer.






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