16 Screen-free Activities for Kids


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Where will we all be without our smartphones, tablets and other digital devices? Not only does it keep us entertained and help us educate ourselves, but it also helps to keep the little ones occupied, especially now when we can’t go out!

But too much screen time can be harmful, which is why we’ve compiled this list of activities and things that you can do with your kids away from the screen.

1. Organize – Get your kids to organize their belongings, such as their toys, books and clothes, into things they need, things to throw and things they can donate.

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2. Paint – If you’re afraid of things getting a little dirty, then instead of restricting your little artists with brushes, you can experiment with finger painting and even splash painting.

3. Gardening – Involve your children in the gardening process. Let them plant their own seeds and give them the responsibility for caring for their plants.  

4. Draw – Inspire your kids by giving them topics that they can draw on. It could be their favorite memory, place, or character. You could even have them design posters for their favorite movies.  

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5. Read – You can encourage reading in your children by joining them with a book of your own. If you don’t have enough books, you can check out the National Library Board’s wide collection of eBooks for children that you can access from your home.

6. Picnic – Spread out a mat in your balcony (or someplace with enough space), lay out the munchies and gather your family. You can enjoy the view, catch up with what’s going on with everyone or get nostalgic, it’s up to you.

7. Board games – Break out the board or card games and have a match with your little ones. And if you don’t have much gathering dust at home, you can just make your own!

8. Sports – Even without heading out, there are so many sports you can play at home, from soccer to golf. Get creative and then get scoring.

9. Do-It-Yourself – For a quick-and-easy hands-on activity, you can go for DIY kits that come with everything you’ll need to get started. We’ve got not one but two long lists of DIY kits, ranging from bubble kits and baking sets to science experiments and STEAM kits that can help you. 

10. Camp-in – Set up a tent in your living room or if you don’t have one, you can build a fort out of bedsheets and pillows instead, and snuggle up inside with your little ones and share silly stories from their childhood. Or even your childhood.

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11. Bake – Bake some spongy cupcakes or chocolaty cookies and involve your little ones in the process. Get them to help you clean up after you’re done as well, it’ll nurture their sense of responsibility.

12. Make a list – Keep a dedicated journal for your kids to make lists and give them topics that they can brainstorm. It could be anything from places they want to go and countries they want to visit, to movies they want to watch and food they want to eat.

13. Color – You can find a wide variety of free resources for children online, ranging from spot the difference and trail maze to coloring sheets.

14. Dance party – Put together a playlist of upbeat songs and invite your little ones over for a little wiggle and shake shake.

15. Experiment – Science experiments like volcano eruption and invisible ink are simple and easy enough to conduct with your little ones from your home kitchen.

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🌍 EARTH DAY COLLAGE // Here’s a fun way to celebrate this big beautiful planet that we call home! 💚 My boys enjoyed adding bits of blue and green paper to fill in the land 🌱 and sea. 💦 Use adhesive paper within the circle to make it mess free while keeping it nice and sticky to hold those bits and pieces of paper. 👌And it made for an awesome collage! 🤩 (No adhesive paper, no problem! Just use some glue!) Swipe 👉 to see how they did it, and read on below 👇for the simple instructions on how you can set this up for your little one! Any questions at all? Drop👇 them in the comment section below! - WHAT YOU’LL NEED • 2 Pieces of Cardboard (identical sizes) • Adhesive Paper • Green and Blue Paper • Permanent Markers • Bowl and Pencil (for tracing) • Sharp Knife • Tape - HOW TO MAKE (1) Use a bowl and pencil to trace a circle in one of the pieces of cardboard; (2) Use a sharp knife to cut out the circle; (3) Cut out a piece of contact paper and adhere it to the circular piece of cardboard, sticky side up; (4) Put the other piece of cardboard underneath and tape them together. (5) Next, I drew the outline of the land and the sea in permanent marker as my children are young and needed a guide, but you can skip this step for older kids who might be more familiar with the continents! (6) Rip up blue and green paper (ideally scrap paper if you have!), and mix them up in a bowl. Get your kiddo involved in this one! (7) Now everything is ready to sort and stick those pieces of paper to planet Earth! - #earthdayactivities #earthdayeveryday #earthday #kidscrafts #kidsactivities #artsandcrafts #kidscraft #creativekids #learningthroughplay #craftsforkids #earlylearning #preschool #sensoryplay #craftykids #playbasedlearning #diycrafts #kidscrafts101 #artwithkids #kidsart #kidscraft #kidsartwork #homeschoolpreschool #toddlerlearningactivities #homeschoolingideas #covidhomeschool #littlescientists #earthdaycraft #homeschooldiy #invitationtocreate #finemotoractivity

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16. Make Your Own Toys – If you have some scrap materials lying around in your house, you can use it to make your own toys. @7daysofplay is a great place to start looking if you’re in need of inspiration.

Also Read: 9 Indoor Hobbies and Activities for Toddlers and Kids






This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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