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The Best Play Ideas and Activities for Screen-Free Week

2021-05-05 by Melissa & Doug
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It’s Screen-Free Week! This year the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood is inviting us to celebrate in ways that work for us during the pandemic. Let’s face it: giving up all screens for a whole week may be an impossible goal for many families. But building in more opportunities for hands-on play away from screens is always a great idea. To that end, here is a roundup of some of our favorite ideas for fun Screen-free Week activities, play ideas, and things to do for kids.

100+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids

Screen-Free Activities for Kids


Check out these blog posts for our best quick-and-easy play ideas and things to do during Screen-Free Week:

24 Ways to Unplug and Enjoy a Screen-Free 24 Hours! 

Be Roadtrip Ready with this List of 40 Screen-Free Ideas for Backseat Fun

52 Screen-Free Play Ideas for Screen-Free Week and Every Week

Plus, Don’t Forget these Free Printables for Screen-Free Fun

Pick a printable, any printable! These free print-and-play coloring pages, games, and activities give kids a nice break from screen time as they tap into their creativity. Check out this library of all of our printables, including these timeless favorites:

5 Free Printables: Animal & Coloring

5 Free Printables for Fairy Tale Coloring Fun

10 Free Printables for Kids: ABCs, Connect the Dots, Coloring Fun

Last but not least, as you reflect this week on your family’s approach to screen time, here’s some useful expert advice from Dr. Jenny on how to know when tech is getting in the way — and how play can help

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