Screen-free fun for kids
We know technology can be super-handy to keep the kids entertained sometimes. But it’s also good to change things up with more tactile activities every now and then, not least as it gives you a chance to do some fun stuff together.
If you love the idea of a screen-free day, or even a whole weekend, for the family, worry not – we’ve got some tips right here to get the little ones unplugged and trying something different, even if it’s only for an hour or so.
From arts and crafts, to cool science experiments and some classic outdoor fun if the weather permits, take a look at some of our simple, fuss-free activities to get them making, doing and perhaps running about a bit too! And, of course, you can join in with them as well!
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson
Even with the promise of spring and summer ahead, we know only too well that rainy days can appear from nowhere sometimes! So make sure you’ve got some options available for staying indoors…
There’s nothing like a bit of role play to fire a child’s imagination, whether it’s using a pretend kitchen to cook a tasty lunch, or setting up a “hospital” for wounded teddies (tip: you can use toilet roll as bandages to fix up any broken limbs!)
Get them playing at trains, farms, shops, or, if you want to invest in a piece that will last and last – why not consider a doll’s house? It’s an item your child will love and come to use again and again.
“When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero.” – Fred Rogers
Arts and crafts
Why not get creative with a simple arts and crafts afternoon? You don’t need too much equipment for this: choose a theme (the circus, the theatre, the ballet) and get busy drawing scenes or making simple cut-out characters with white cardboard, and decorating them with whatever crafty bits and bobs you have around.
If you like the idea of an art set to give you a bit more guidance, we have some lovely options in our creative crafts section including beads, sticker sets, stamp sets and even an origami flower light kit.
“Every child is an artist.” – Picasso
If you’ve got a little scientist at home, you might want to think about doing some really simple science experiments. Check out YouTube channel Lab 360 for some ideas.
For really young ones, you can try some super-easy activities like mixing paints to see what different colours they make, or filling a bowl with water and choosing objects that will “float” or “sink”.
Up for splashing out on a science set? We have some great ones, including this amazing tyrannosaurus rex kit – bound to keep them busy for hours!
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If the weather’s a little brighter and warmer, make the most of it by getting outside! We’ve got lots brilliant tips for some gorgeous retro garden games, or keep it really simple with a game of footie. You can make it two a-side if there aren’t many of you!
And finally, if you’re up for going a bit further afield, a family bike ride will get those pulses going. Just remember to take snacks, water, and a brolly for those unexpected rain showers. Enjoy!
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