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Screen-Free Week: Our Favorite Screen-Free Ways for Kids to Play

May 07, 2024

Here at Melissa & Doug, we’re celebrating Screen-Free Week (May 6-12)! 

We see Screen-Free Week as a great time to assess the quantity and quality of our children’s play. How can we encourage kids to gravitate to active, engaged types of play that require their imagination and creative thinking rather than always reaching for the passive entertainment so easily available on their devices?

It’s not always an easy fix—we get that. Sometimes it helps to have additional tools at your disposal. Here are some of our favorite screen-free ways to play:

For Screen-Free Car Rides | Restaurant Meals | Sporting Events

Whether on a road trip, out at a restaurant for a meal, or attending a sibling's sporting event, get kids looking out and about instead of down at screens. 

Sticker WOW! Collection


Puffy Sticker Bundle - Dress-Up, Princess and Mermaid



Reusable Sticker Pad - Vehicles



Play to Go Cake & Cookies Play Set


Play to Go Ice Cream Play Set


For Screen-Free Play At Home (Magic tricks in YOUR bag of tricks)

Opt for toys that promote pretend play! Our extensive pretend play line offers everything from simple play food to elaborate play spaces (kitchens, food carts, etc.) – all with realistic details and clever touches.

Super Smile Dentist Play Set


Dust! Sweep! Mop!


Scoop & Stack Ice Cream Cone Play Set


Top & Bake Pizza Counter


100 Wood Blocks Set


 For Screen-Free Outdoor Play

Inspire kids to get outside, experience nature first-hand, and explore with outdoor toys designed just for them!

Giddy Buggy Bowling Set


Froggy Kickball 


Dilly Dally Target Game


Bag of Bugs



 Giddy Buggy Tunnel


For Screen-Free Creative/Indoor Play

Even in spring and summer, indoor play becomes a fact of life when it's too hot or the weather doesn't cooperate. To keep your kids engaged while indoors, make sure they have access to creative play like Melissa & Doug's extensive selection of Arts & Crafts toys

Drawing Pad Bundle (3 Pack)



Friendship Stamp Set



Dinosaur Stamp Set


Deluxe Wooden Standing Art Easel


DYO Magnets - Butterfly, Heart & Flowers 


Screen-Free Fun for Babies & Toddlers

Littles ones could always benefit from screen-free fun as well, and Melissa & Doug offers a host of options that help your baby and toddler reach important developmental milestones through play.

Flip Fish Baby Toy


Soft Taco Fill & Spill


Pull-Back Vehicles Baby & Toddler Toy


Wooden Shape Sorting Grocery Cart



Pineapple Soft Stacker


Here’s to helping our kids turn off screens and turn on imaginations…Happy Screen-Free Week!

Follow the links below for more great screen-free tips from Melissa & Doug:

On The Road with Top Travel Toys for Kids This Spring

5 Ways to Upcycle Melissa & Doug Wooden Trays

Sticker WOW! Creative Play Ideas for Kids

30 Best Childhood Games to Share with Kids Today

35 Ways to Bring More Screen-Free Fun to Your Child's Life