Schools are closed, grocery store shelves are wiped clean and the 24 hour news cycle is dominated by only one story…coronavirus.
It can be a very uncertain and scary time for kids to be stuck at home.
Let’s get their minds off of all that stuff and pull them from their magnetic screens. Here are some of our favorite Screen-Free Activities for Kids that will have kids learning, laughing and get a break from the stress.
Why Are Screen-Free Activities for Kids Important?
It is going to be easy to rely on screens for kids entertainment and schoolwork as time at home is increased. But kids need time playing “in real life”! Traditional play encourages interaction, creative thinking, problem solving and so much more.
Oh, and it is fun.
Finding ways to break up your daily schedule with play will pay off in the longterm since we have no idea how long this will continue.
Screen-Free Activities for Kids and Families
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This food dye pasta discovery bin from Fun at Home with Kids is so easy and colorful!
On your mark, get set, go! Race cars using balloons for a fun game that also doubles as a science experiment!
Put on some music, and clean you floor while getting some exercise, sock mopping!
Get creative, and upcycle old toys into something new with items you already have around the house, like stickers and paint.
Teach your kiddo sewing skills by sewing a pillow buddy for a friend (and then make one to keep!).
Make puppets out of toilet paper rolls and other household items, and then help your kiddos put on a puppet show for the whole family.
Take family game night and summer play dates to the next level by making giant blocks to build a tower with in your backyard!
Use egg cartons to make airplanes! You can find this craft on page 121 of 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!
Gather cardboard rolls from toilet paper and paper towel, along with different sized bottle caps, yarn, and paint, and make the longest toilet paper roll train in the world! Watch little ones with the bottle caps!
The next time you go to a store that has paint chips (paint color cards), grab a handful of them and make monster puzzles! This is a free, easy, and fun craft that can be done almost anywhere! The finished puzzles are perfect for summer road trips, too.
Prank a family member with a gross yet fun craft–whip up a batch of pretend snot! This is actually a really funny craft to save for those yucky summer sick days when your little one feels gross and cranky.
Some of my best childhood memories involved building a fort with my brother and parents! This is a fun, easy activity that you can do with things around the house. Check out these epic forts made out of cardboard boxes!
I don’t know about you, but I always have a bunch of flattened cardboard boxes in my basement or garage. Pull them out, use your imagination, and play with cardboard boxes this summer. The possibilities are endless!
One of my kids’ favorite box activities is turning cardboard boxes into “cars” complete with cozy pillows and blankets.Then, we set them up in the living room with their friends or cousins, and play “drive-in” while a movie plays, and they enjoy yummy movie night snacks! You can also do this outside with an outdoor movie projector.
I love when we can combine science with a fun game, such as this Q-tip blow dart game. All you need are disposable cups, narrow straws, and Q-tips! Go red, white, and blue with the colors, like we did, and this is a perfect game for your 4th of July party!
Pretend that you are on an archaeological dig, and make this fun dinosaur dig sensory bin!
Create kinetic sand and have fun with sand, even on rainy days.
One of my kids’ favorite summer science experiments is the magnetic mud science experiment. It’s mesmerizing!
Paper dolls are wonderful imaginative play! Check out the printable at the bottom, too!
Play Kerplunk, but DIY it using a pot and pom-poms!
Make a yarn maze in a laundry basket! Your kiddos will love fishing items through the leveled web of yarn.
More Screen-Free Activities for the Whole Family
Keep the screen-free summer fun going with these fun ideas;
- The Best Board Games for Family Game Night
- The Secret to a Screen-Free Summer
- Screen-Free Fun Learning Activities
- Free Printable Screen Time Tracker
What are some of your family’s favorite screen-free activities?
Want a printable version of this list to use at home?
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