9 Screen-Free Family Activities to Do Together

Is your child addicted to electronics? Here are 9 screen-free activities for families that you can do with your kids or toddlers.

Note: This post was updated 04/08/2024.

Lately, it seems that both kids and adults have been glued to their devices.

While there’s nothing wrong with using technology, it’s good to detach from the electronics sometimes and do other activities as a family.

Here are 9 screen free activities for families to do together.

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1.) Bake cookies (or another dessert.)

a mother and daughter take a bite of muffins they baked together with cookies they also made shown on the table as part of a screen free family activity

Just about every kid enjoys eating snacks and will want to help make them.

This is a great way to spend time together and talk.

Cooking is a useful skill for your children to learn as they get older.

My kids really enjoyed making these pumpkin spice cookies with me (and of course eating them after.) 🙂

2.) Play fun board games or card games.

family plays a card board game together for a screen free family activity with their kids

There are so many different games out there- you can definitely find at least one your kids will love playing with you.

Lately our kids have enjoyed playing these card games for kids (which we found on Amazon,) Guess Who, and Uno.

You can also have a family night and/or even invite a small group of friends and/or family over for a game night.

I designed a printable Healthy Life Memory Match Game for Kids which you can download below.

3.) Draw, color, or paint together as a family.

a family draws and colors together to take a break from technology

Most kids like to draw and color, but they often get more into it when they have a parent drawing or coloring beside them.

Our kids also enjoy painting. This will keep them occupied for a while.

If you’re worried about the paint making a mess, you can get washable paint, (such as this non-toxic paint set for kids on Amazon.)

4.) Do arts & crafts and/or science experiments with your kids.

kids doing crafts for screen-free time

Kids love experimenting with different crafts and materials.

There are lots of ideas online for kids of just about any age.

For my 5-year-old and 6-year-old, we have been using this paper craft book that we found on Amazon, and they love it.

You can also get a science experiment kit for kids (such as this one from Amazon.)

5.) Buy or make homemade goo, Play-Doh, or slime.

kids play with play dough as a fun screen free activity

Kids love getting messy and playing with goo, slime, or dough.

Any child that loves playing with this type of stuff will likely enjoy making it too! (There are lots of ‘recipes’ online.)

One of our kids got a slime kit. (They love their slime!)

We have also purchased Play-doh kits for our kids too. (No dough-making required!)

6.) Build or put something together with your kids.

a mom builds a castle out of lego blocks with her daughters for a fun screen-free indoor activity

Whether it’s a puzzle, LEGOs, or building a snowman (if you live in a place where that’s possible,) there are lots of things you can build or put together with your kids.

You can pick something that appeals to their interests.

7.) Put on some music and dance or sing.

a mother and daughter dance and have fun during screen-free time

Have a random dance party or sing your heart out with family karaoke!

Get all of your kids’ energy out and let them have fun at the same time.

8.) Play an outdoor sport with your children.

boys playing soccer outside for a screen-free activity

A lot of kids are content just with playing something like ‘catch,’ but there are a lot of other sports activities you can do with your kids outside too.

Our kids like playing basketball. (We have an outdoor basketball hoop.)

And they also like playing soccer and other outdoor sports.

So grab some waters and some healthy snacks for your kids and spend the day or an afternoon outdoors.

9.) Take your kids to an exciting place.

kids are at an aquarium for a fun day out with a screen free family activity

Depending on what’s available nearby and what is currently open- a museum, the zoo, a national/state park, and/or an aquarium are all great options.

Although there is usually a small fee per person, these places are not usually priced terribly high. (You may even be able to get a discount on certain dates throughout the year and plan your trips then.)

So those are 9 screen-free activities your kids will love that you can do together as a family. (And even if they don’t love ALL of them, I’m sure they will enjoy doing at least some of these ideas with you.)

P.S. Don’t forget to grab our FREE Printable Healthy Habits Memory Match Game for Kids.

Thanks for stopping by!


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