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52 Fun & Easy Play Ideas for Screen-Free Week or Any Week

April 28, 2023

Looking for something fun to do with your kids that doesn’t involve a ton of time, money, or effort? We’ve got you covered—especially with Screen-Free Week on the calendars from May 1-7! (If you need some extra support coming up with play ideas to keep the kids off their devices for Screen-Free Week, this list can be a big resource to draw inspiration from.)

Here is a list of 52 easy family play ideas for the whole year! We included a mix of activities and ideas that can work whether you have a 2-year-old, 3-year-old, 4-year-old, 5-year-old, or older child! Think of these ideas as “sparks”—try one and see if it inspires even more ways to play!

52 Screen-Free Play Activities for Family Fun!

Melissa & Doug Giddy Buggy Play Tunnel

  1. Create a play calendar (Kids can draw pictures of how they played--or plan to play—each week)

  2. Have an indoor campout

  3. Make up a nonsense language and label items around the house

  4. Put together a jigsaw puzzle

  5. Have a "kickoff," by kicking balls of different shapes and sizes

  6. Make paper snowflakes

  7. Host a family dance party

  8. Create an indoor obstacle course

  9. Create a gallery of kid art

  10. Show kids how to play your favorite childhood game

  11. Look for a 4-leaf clover

  12. Go on a family bike ride

  13. Fly a kite

  14. Make paper airplanes

  15. Create a pretend store, stock it, and shop it

  16. Go on an A to Z scavenger hunt, looking for items that start with each letter

  17. Have a fancy day - talk fancy, wear fancy clothes, eat fancy foods

  18. Give kids assorted ingredients and challenge them to come up with a concoction

  19. Make paper flower bouquets

  20. Go on a nature walk and collect treasures to make a collage

  21. Collect and paint rocks

  22. Build a tiny town in the dirt or sandbox

  23. Blow bubbles and chase them

  24. Create a time capsule and bury it in the backyard

  25. Paint with ice by first freezing washable paint in ice cube trays

  26. Make firework designs by dipping a fork in washable paint and pressing the tines onto white paper in a circle

  27. Start a collection (seashells, pretty pebbles, bottle caps)

  28. Explore the night sky

  29. Set up a lemonade stand (but sell something other than lemonade!)

  30. Make art outside

  31. Make paper boats and race them in a kiddie pool using a straw to blow them across the water

  32. Set up an outdoor obstacle course with things to climb over, under, and around

  33. Create a temporary outdoor playroom with a tent filled with toys, books, and stuffed animal friends

  34. Make a sidewalk chalk mural

  35. Play flashlight tag

  36. Make handprint art to give to grandparents (e.g. Turn a handprint into a flower and write "Grandparents help us grow!")

  37. Transform a cardboard box

  38. Cook a family meal together

  39. Make homemade Halloween decorations

  40. Visit a fire station and learn about its history

  41. Have an indoor family picnic on a blanket

  42. Create a leaf collection

  43. Stock a dress-up bin, then see how many characters you can come up with

  44. Make a blanket fort

  45. Make personalized placemats for each family member

  46. Create a family handshake

  47. Create your own restaurant (complete with name, menu and decor)

  48. Put on a puppet show

  49. Make homemade holiday decorations

  50. Create, color, and mail a greeting card

  51. Do a blindfold smell test of different ingredients and spices

  52. Create end-of-year "Best of" lists covering topics such as playgrounds, meals, toys, bedtime books!

Have fun!