Finding screen-free activities for your kids can seem like a daunting task. I am here to share 30 screen-free activities our family has tried, tested and loved! We limit screens in our home and have found so many fun activities that the kids can do by themselves or as a family!
Honestly, I love kinetic sand. We are a no slime house because it gets stuck everywhere but sand is so easy to vacuum up! Kids can build sandcastles, sculpt animals, or create scenes inspired by books or movies.
Sensory Bottle Making
Fill bottles with glitter, beads, water, and food coloring for mesmerizing visual and tactile experiences.
Choose a puzzle appropriate for the age group and work together to complete it. We started small with 50 piece puzzles and have worked our way up to 500 piece puzzles! We even framed a lego puzzle to display in our playroom!
LEGO Building Competition
Set a theme or time limit, then build the most creative or tallest structure. Lego books like these are a great resource to help with ideas and designs!
Magnetic Tiles Creations
Build houses, towers, ramps, or geometric shapes with magnetic tiles. I do recommend the actual brand magnatiles. We’ve had ours for over 7 years and they are so durable and high quality!
Kapla Block Challenge
Replicate famous buildings or create abstract sculptures with Kapla blocks. We also like to use them like dominos and build a domino creation!
Straw and Tape Structures
Challenge yourselves to build the strongest or tallest structure using straws and tape.
Indoor Obstacle Course
Set up an obstacle course using furniture, pillows, and blankets for crawling, climbing, and balancing.
Living Room Dance Party
Crank up the music and have a family dance party, learning new moves or creating your own routines.
Indoor Basketball Games
Shoot hoops with a mini basketball hoop or create a DIY target using a box and paper.
Play volleyball using inflated balloons instead of a ball, focusing on hand-eye coordination.
Simon Says Freeze Dance
Follow the leader’s instructions, then freeze in place when “Simon says” stop.
This indoor climbing structure is so great for little ones and encourages independent play! If you have the space this would be an amazing addition to your playroom!
Have the kids design and create sock or paper bag puppets and put on a puppet show for the family.
DIY Board Game
Design a simple board game based on a favorite book, movie, or theme.
Take turns adding sentences to a story, creating a funny or suspenseful narrative together. A friend and published author told me about these And Then story starters and our family love them. They are a must-have!
Mom Tip: Snag these card holders for your kids and case to organize all your card games!
Board and Dice game nights are a cherished tradition in our family, offering laughter, friendly competition, and quality time together. We’ve played countless games over the years, and here are some of our absolute favorites that span different ages and interests.
Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.
She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.
Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!