If you live in a cold weather climate like we do, you might be having a hard time keeping your kids away from the screen this winter. It can help to have a plan in mind for those hours after school. Browse through these fun ideas, make a shopping list if necessary, and plan to try one this week. Your kids will find they don’t need the TV and computer every day after school, and you’ll love seeing them active and engaged!
Read on for 17 screen free activities for kids!
Screen Free Activities for Kids
Brighten up a view with this very cool Mondrian window art from What Do We Do All Day?
You’ll need to do a little planning ahead, but with the right supplies these adorable no-sew talking puppets from Mollymoo are pretty simple to put together!
Make a homemade kazoo with items you probably have in your house right now. Get the instructions over at Buggy and Buddy.
Here’s a great activity for your young artists — grab items from around the house and create art like that of Javier Perez. Learn more at Playtivities.
This simple science experiment from Mess for Less is a great activity if you’ve got some helium balloons in the house.
You just need some transparent pony beads, string, and basic kitchen ingredients to make these beautiful necklaces from Homegrown Friends.
If you’ve got a long evening or all day Saturday, you’ll love this post from Lemon Lime Adventures about creating a cardboard city.
A few simple supplies are all you’ll need to make this homemade marble run from Buggy & Buddy.
Put a new spin on geography by putting the puzzle pieces in a sensory bin! Check it out at B-Inspired Mama.
This sweet snack of apple pie crescent muffins is perfect for making with kids. Mess for Less has the recipe.
Go back in time with this timeless kids’ activity – make phones from tin cans with We Made That.
Engage those minds with this fun building activity with cardboard and straws from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational.
If you set up a DIY Creation Station like this one from Fantastic Fun and Learning, you can just let your kids get to work!
Your house will be a favorite destination for friends if you host a baking play date! Learn about this creative way to bake and learn a new language at Coffee Cups and Crayons.
Learn how to make a lego catapult over at Frugal Fun 4 Boys (be sure to stick around her site for a while — you’ll find countless fun ideas like this one).
This idea from Mothers Madness looks like so much fun! Decorate some walnut shells to look like mice, put a marble inside, and race them down a ramp!
And finally — here’s an active game from Rainy Day Mum that your kids will enjoy so much they won’t realize they’re learning!
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