Are you looking for some screen free activities for your preschool or kindergarten aged kids? We’ve got 50 fun ideas that don’t involve iPad time. Whether they’re in the mood for crafts, playing outside, or playing classic card games, there’s something on this list for everyone.
50 screen free activities for preschool kids
- Obstacle Course: Create a fun indoor or outdoor obstacle course using pillows, cones, and hula hoops.
- DIY Playdough: Make homemade playdough and sculpt imaginative creations.
- Puzzles: Work on age-appropriate puzzles to challenge problem-solving skills.
- Baking Fun: Bake cookies or simple treats together in the kitchen.
- Science Experiments: Try a classic baking soda & vinegar volcano or growing rock candy crystals.
- Building with Blocks: Construct towers, houses, or even a mini city using building blocks.
- Drawing and Coloring: Let creativity flow with crayons, markers, and printable coloring sheets.
- Outdoor Art: Use sidewalk chalk to create colorful masterpieces on the pavement.
- Card Games: Teach them card games like Go Fish, Crazy Eights, or Uno.
- Practice scissor skills: Use a printable cutting activity or cut things like playdoh or magazines.
- Pillow Fort: Build a cozy fort using blankets and cushions.
- Gardening: Plant and tend to a small garden or potted plants.
- Nature Collage: Make art using leaves, flowers, and other natural materials.
- Shadow Puppets: Create entertaining stories using your hands and a light source.
- Bead Jewelry: Create necklaces and bracelets using colorful beads and string.
- Bubbles: Blow bubbles and watch them float in the air.
- Visit a Zoo or Aquarium: Spend the day at a zoo or aquarium.
- Sensory Bins: Fill a bin with rice, beans, or water and add scoops, funnels, and small toys.
- Nature Rubbings: Make rubbings of leaves, bark, or textured surfaces using crayons.
- Bike Ride: Go for a family bike ride around your neighborhood or on a nearby trail.
- Painting with Nature: Use leaves, twigs, and flowers as paintbrushes.
- Indoor Bowling: Set up a bowling alley using empty bottles as pins and a soft ball.
- DIY Bird Feeders: Make simple bird feeders using pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed.
- Outdoor Picnic: Pack a picnic and enjoy it in your backyard or at a nearby park.
- Finger Painting: Let kids explore paint using their fingers and hands.
- Outdoor Exploration: Collect leaves, rocks, and insects while exploring a local park.
- Nature Art: Arrange natural materials to create nature-inspired art.
- Jump Rope: Practice jumping and skipping with a jump rope.
- Paper Plate Crafts: Make some cute paper plate projects and then display them.
- Treasure Hunt: Create a simple treasure map and hide small toys or treats for kids to find.
- Balloon Games: Play game using balloons, like keep it up, and volleyball.
- Shaving Cream Play: Have messy fun with shaving cream and a little food coloring on a tray
- Create handprint art: Make this watermelon handprint craft or come up with your own idea.
- Hopscotch: Draw a hopscotch grid on the ground with chalk and have a hopping competition.
- Outdoor Water Play: Run through sprinklers, have a water balloon fight, or play with a hose.
- Leaf Printing: Dip leaves in paint and press them onto paper to create leaf prints.
- Nature Journal: Draw observations, or paste in small flowers and leaves from outdoor adventures.
- Kitchen Band: Create a band using pots, pans, and wooden spoons as instruments.
- Cardboard Box Creations: Turn cardboard boxes into cars, houses, or spaceships.
- Dance Party: Put on music and have a dance party in the living room.
- Puppet Show: Use socks or paper bags to put on a puppet show.
- Blindfold Games: Play blindfolded games like “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.”
- Magnet Play: Experiment with magnets to see what sticks and what doesn’t.
- Leaf Pile Jumping: Rake leaves into a pile and have fun jumping in them.
- Sink or Float Experiment: Test various objects to see if they sink or float in water.
- Library Trip: Spend time at the library and later make bookmarks for books you’ve checked out.
- Make a Collage: Cut out pictures from magazines and create collages with different themes.
- Board Games: Play board games like Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, or Connect 4.
- Hide and Seek: Classic hide and seek is always a hit.
These activities will not only keep your little ones entertained but also promote their creativity, imagination, and physical development. Enjoy the screen-free adventures!
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