An Unplugged Contest! – “Show Your Shiny Side!”

By , February 20, 2008 9:32 am

“What if there were no TVs, computers or video games in your life? That’s exactly what national TV-Turnoff Week is all about – and the “Show Your Shiny Side!” contest is asking elementary-aged kids to come up with imaginative ways to spend their time during those days.” -Bubblegum Books, TV-Turnoff Contest

It’s February, which means it’s almost March, which means April will soon be here. What happens in April? TV-Turnoff Week of course! April 21-27 to be precise. It is also time for Bubblegum Books’ annual TV Turn-Off contest.

Last year I wrote about the 2007 contest (which was based on their book The Things a String Can Be by Julie Goulis and John Ferguson), but back in those days no one but my sister and my ever faithful friend Wishy read my blog. Hopefully this year, I can drum up a bit more support for this fun and worthwhile contest.

Here are all the details:

This year’s contest, again held in conjunction with the Center for Screen-time Awareness, is based on the book Something Shiny, Something Round, also by Julie Goulis and illustrated by John Ferguson. Bubblegum is committed to inspiring children to be creative and use their imaginations. Each book comes with a bonus activity guide too.



+ Dream Big! Let us know what makes you shine. You can draw and/or write your idea(s) on a separate sheet of paper. Go ahead and get creative. The more details, the better.

+ Open to elementary-aged kids.

+ Complete the ENTRY FORM and staple it to your entry. Please print clearly. Attach one form for each individual entry. (Teachers: Please mail class sets in one flat envelope.)

+ All entries become the property of the Center for Screen-Time Awareness and Bubblegum Books. Please make a copy of your submissions as submissions will not be returned.

+ Submit to:

Center for Screen-Time Awareness

2000 29th Street, N.W.

Lower Level # 1

Washington, DC 20007

DEADLINE: March 14th, 2008


+Winners will be announced during Turnoff Week (April 21-27, 2008)

+Prizes will include t-shirts, frisbees, pencils, stickers, books and other rewards for excellence.

+The grand prize will be a visit by the author and/or illustrator to the winning school.


NOTE TO TEACHERS – Special Educator Contest:

Educators – develop the most interesting way to make this “shiny” contest part of your class. We are looking for integration, educational value and fun. The plan should also be submitted no later than March 14. The winning teachers will receive gift certificates to a local store and/or a local restaurant.


To read the press-release, here’s the link. For an easily-printable PDF version, click here. Why not print this and hang it in your children’s school or library? Let’s make this a national Unplugged Project!

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11 Responses to “An Unplugged Contest! – “Show Your Shiny Side!””

  1. Jeanette says:

    I am so excited about finding your blog! We are not unplugged over here and I don’t think we will ever be completly unplugged but we are cutting way, way back. I am slowly cutting back my sons time with the TV. I am doing it slowly because I don’t want him to think he is being punished. It was hard for him at first but it is amazing to me that after one day with no TV he went most of the next day without asking once if he could watch something. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you I think your blog is great and is going to help me come up with fun ideas and projects. I will totally be participating in next weeks unplugged project!


  2. Mom Unplugged says:

    Hi Jeanette,
    Thanks so much for your kind words! It is SO nice to know that people are enjoying the blog. It makes all the hard work worthwhile and really lifts my spirits! Good luck with reducing your son’s TV time. I hope you’ll find some good ideas here, and I look forward to having you join in with the Unplugged Project!


  3. Jenny says:

    These books sound so cool- I initially thought they wouldn’t work for us because the contest is aimed at elementary-aged children, but I did some more reading and now I think I’d like to have them all! Bubblegum Books contacted me (they got my information from your blog!) and asked if I’d be interested in a signed copy of the book for a giveaway/ review. I wanted to make sure you didn’t mind first since you’re the one spreading the word about all this great stuff!


  4. Summer says:

    I’m loving this contest, but I’ve got a question. The rules say for elementary aged kids, but do they have to be enrolled in school to participate? Can homeschoolers join in the fun too? I’d love to pass on the info on my blog if they can!


  5. Mom Unplugged says:

    No problem Jenny, the more the merrier! Let’s spread the word!

    Summer- Great question. I have emailed Brad at Bubblegum Books to confirm, but I would think that the contest would be open to all. I will email you his answer, and post it here also, for any other interested people to read.


  6. Brad Hauber says:

    Homeschoolers can definitely join in the fun too. The contest is open to all elementary-aged and pre-school aged children. Just specify what grade level your child is. Prizes will be awarded by grade level. Where it asks for school phone/address, etc., just include your home information. The organizers of TV-Turnoff Week and Bubblegum Books work with a lot of schools, so the form is probably geared more for schools. We hope you’ll be able to enter and show what makes you shine when the TV is off. Brad Hauber – Bubblegum Books


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