100+ Screen-Free Activities For Kids (with printable)

Last year, we spent eight months in a caravan. A lot of that time we didn’t have electricity, only solar power, which meant we relied heavily on the sun for our power. This meant we had to be very careful with our power usage. This also led to many screen-free activities; no tv, video games; screens of any kind. This actually turned out to be a real blessing to our family. We started spending more quality time together and really enjoyed it. If you too are crazy about seeing your kids glued to a screen, then this is the list for you!

LOVE This list of screen-free activities. Has a handy FREE printable too! Great to keep on hand for those crazy days.

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For ease of use, I have categorised the 100+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids  into 3 parts: activities you can do at home, activities you can do out and about and activities that you can do weather-permitting.

At Home:

  1. Read a Book
  2. Make Super Soft Playdough or Scented Playdough
  3. Make Slime
  4. Build a cubby house or fort
  5. Blow bubbles
  6. Play handball
  7. Draw a picture with chalk on the driveway or side walk
  8. Do some bird watching
  9. Hunt for bugs and insects
  10. Jump rope
  11. Write a poem
  12. Paint a Picture
  13. Read the Bible
  14. Create with Lego
  15. Bake some cookies or a cake
  16. Throw a frisbee or boomerang
  17. Make some crayon shapes with broken crayons
  18. Make some Fake Snot
  19. Make some Fake Blood
  20. Create with kinetic sand
  21. Play a board game
  22. Play a card game
  23. Build a marble run
  24. Complete a Lego Bible Challenge
  25. Make a Bird Feeder
  26. Make Lavender Wands
  27. Make some Sherbet
  28. Make some Bath Fizzies
  29. Make some Marbled Paper to write letters on
  30. Hid some treasure and make a treasure map to find it
  31. Make some musical instruments and start a band
  32. Write a Play, practice it and then put on a show
  33. Make some Story Stones and then write a story with them
  34. Make some puppets
  35. Play hopscotch
  36. Race toy cars
  37. Sew some clothes for your dolls
  38. Make some paper doily flowers
  39. Write a letter or postcard
  40. Help clean the house or your bedroom
  41. Water the plants
  42. Ride your bike / scooter
  43. Play catch
  44. Make mud pies
  45. Play freeze tag
  46. Play hide and seek
  47. Pick a topic and make a sensory bin
  48. Make people out of toilet rolls and put on a play
  49. Make paper planes and race them
  50. Build a tower out of plastic cups
  51. Make light sabers from pool noodles
  52. Write a song and sing it
  53. Turn on some music and dance
  54. Create origami
  55. Plant some sunflowers seeds and watch them grow
  56. Make a catapult
  57. Make a simple compass
  58. Make some Colour Changing Magic Potion
  59. Stick a Skewer Through a Balloon
  60. Make shadow puppets
  61. Play dressing up
  62. Make some salt dough ornaments
  63. Decorate some flowerpots
  64. Create a self-portrait
  65. Create a fairy garden
  66. Start a journal
  67. Make some jewellery
  68. Shoot hoops
  69. Wash the car
  70. Make a boredom buster jar
  71. Create your own crosswords or word searches
  72. Have a clean out and create a sculpture with your junk
  73. Make wooden spoon puppets
  74. Write your own joke book
  75. Make a paperweight
  76. Collect some twigs and make a sculpture
  77. Write secrets messages and try to decode them
  78. Write your own comic strip / book
  79. Have a bubble bath
  80. Write to a pen pal
  81. Start a Lemonade Stand
  82. Do a puzzle together
  83. Look through family photos and share your memories
  84. Build an obstacle course and see who can run it the fastest
  85. Make a string telephone to talk to each other
  86. Make a bubble wrap painting
  87. Paint with toy cars by rolling the wheels through paint and rolling them onto paper
  88. Do some straw weaving
  89. Make a collage with pictures you have cut out from a catalogue

Out and About:

  1. Go on a picnic
  2. Go on a hike
  3. Visit the library
  4. Go for a walk
  5. Visit a playground
  6. Go on a scavenger hunt
  7. Skip rocks
  8. Start a rock collection
  9. Make a kit and then go fly it
  10. Go for a bike ride / scooter
  11. Go fishing
  12. Go to a museum
  13. Go geocaching
  14. Head to the pool or a swimming hole
  15. Go to the zoo

Weather Permitting:

  1. Go to the beach
  2. Build a sandcastle
  3. Build a snowman
  4. Make a snow angel
  5. Run through the sprinkler
  6. Look at the clouds and make them into shapes
  7. Have a backyard campout
  8. Have a water balloon fight
  9. Have a bonfire
  10. Jump in the puddles

To make it easier for you, I have made these Screen-Free Activities into a printable list for easy reference. Print it out on white cardboard, laminate it and pin it up where the children can easily read it.


Screen Free Activities for Kids

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Tina B

    I think we just found our Bucket List for Summer. Yay!!

  2. Morgan

    These are all such good ideas! Kids should take advantage of the suggestions you’ve made above-they certainly wouldn’t have to worry about getting bored. Excellent tips for having fun, whatever the circumstances are! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Aimee

    your website has been so helpful, Tauna! it is a blessing to have Pinterest as i have discovered your website, very rich information! Although, i am having some problems downloading some of your printables. 🙁 Keep up the good work. Bless you and the work you do!

    1. Tauna Meyer

      You’re so welcome! I know… I’m perpetually working on making that better 🙂 Always feel free to email me for a direct link! tauna (at) proverbialhomemaker (dot) com. I’m happy to help!

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