It’s time to switch off the screens and let the imaginations run wild with these 10 tech-free activities which will happily keep the kids entertained at home.
Whether it’s during lockdown, after school or on the weekend, these activities will benefit the kids, developing their problem solving skills, language skills and even improve their sleep.
10 tech-free activities for the kids below:
1. Make a Lego Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board
Using a Lego base board, press flat narrow Lego pieces into a classic tic tac toe formation. Then, choose some 2 coloured bricks to use as your games pieces and you’re done!
Why not see who can win the most games out of 5?
2. Indoor Cup Bowling
Easy to do, all you need is some plastic cups and a ball!
Starting from the bottom, stack the paper cups on top of each other to form a pyramid.
Make sure you let the kids build up the pyramid as this is a great way to improve their motor skills and mental development.
Once you’ve finished stacking, stand back and roll a ball to knock over as many cups as possible!
3. Create a Game Box
Fill a box with items that your kids can play with alone, such as colouring books, playdough, puzzles and craft tools.!
You can even let the kids pick and choose what they want to go into this box, this will help them feel involved and engage more.!
Once complete, include the game box as part of their routine and over time, surprise the kids with popping something new and fun into the box!
4. Make your own Colourful Playdough
With the help of an adult, in a large bowl, mix 1 cup of salt and 3 cups of plain flour then add 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and stir.
Slowly add 1 cup of water until the desired consistency is reached. If you want more than one colour, it’s time to separate your playdough into bundles.
Once you’ve done this, add a few drops of colour and continue to knead your dough until your playdough is nice and colourful.
5. Pasta Jewellery
Create a one-of-a-kind pasta project with a few simple steps.
All you need is some dry pasta that can be threaded, some string or wool and colourful paints.
Start with painting your pasta shells and put aside to dry. Once dried, thread your pasta onto your string to create the desired look! This activity is also great for further developing motor skills.
For some extra colour and fun, you can add some bright coloured beads in between the pasta!
Here is one for the whole family to enjoy!
Grab a pen and paper and write down a number of fun answers for everyone to act out… from Disney characters to your favourite books and films!
Then simply fold each answer and pop it into a bowl and take turns acting the answers whilst everyone tries to guess!
7. A-Z Active Activities
Create your own A-Z active activity list for everyone in the house to enjoy and go through as many as possible!
For example, P is for 10 push-ups, S is for 10 Star Jumps and T is for 10 toe-touches.
8. DIY Ring Toss
Create your own colourful ring toss in a few simple steps.
All you need is an old paper towel roll and paper plates. Cut the inside of the paper plate out to create a ring shape, then decorate each ring with your favourite colours.
Once you’ve finished decorating, stick the bottom of your paper towel roll to a paper plate as a base and you’re ready to go! Be sure you stand back and toss from a distance to challenge yourself!
9. Rainbow Boat Race
What better way to get creative than to make rainbow boats to race!
Decorate 8 paddle pop sticks and glue together to create the base of your boat. Then, use another paddle pop stick and glue on a paper sail. Once this is dry, glue your sail to the base to complete your boat.
Simply pop your boats in the water (bath, pool or pond) and set sail! Who will win?
10. Create an Art Journal
To encourage the kids to draw and write, give them a plain notebook, some stickers, coloured paper and glue and let the decorating begin!
Kids will be able to explore their artistic skills and continue to create some colourful creations in their art journals!
With much fun to be had, the kids will be able to enjoy these creative, hands-on activities without even a glimpse of a screen. If you have a great, tech-free idea, be sure to post it on our Facebook page for others to enjoy.