My kids are getting to the age that I’m trying to get them to engage in more independent activities (even if it is only for a few minutes).
My goal is not to entertain them but to prompt them to creativity and independence.
I’m going to give you a little glimpse into my mommy bag of every day activities for my kids. These are all screen-free, no prep, and very little mess.
This is not an exhaustive list (well, maybe to me…whew! 😉 ) but I would love to know some of the things that you do with your kids! Let me know in the comments!
20 Screen-Free, Independent Activities for Preschoolers
2. Drawing– Give your child their own notebook and writing utensil that they can draw or write in whenever they want.
4. Play-Doh– Put them at the kitchen table (or better yet, outside) and give them a handful of Play-Doh and a box of cookie cutters. (We use Mad Matter because it’s allergy free and a lot less messy.)
5. Links– If you have any connectors or links, have them make the longest snake in the world.
6. Wipe-off writing– Download a few worksheets and put them in page protectors. This way they can use dry erase markers and you can reuse the sheets. (We like to practice handwriting this way)
7. Stamps– Get a set of alphabet stamps and have them spell words (or make up some of their own).
8. Watercolor paints– Give them a small cup of water, watercolor paints, and let them go to town. We put these little mats (a.k.a. cutting boards) underneath their work to save ourselves the extra mess. 😉
9. Reading– Have them grab a handful of books and let them sit in a special spot to look through them. (Mom and Dad’s bed, bean bag, pile of pillows…etc.) Here are a few of our favorites!
10. Sensory play– Give them cotton balls, popsicle sticks, toilet paper rolls, empty containers and let them use their imagination.
11. Pipe cleaners– Give them a pipe cleaner and an idea. (Bracelet, glasses, hair bow, ring, etc.)
12. Disposable cups– Let them build a pyramid (or just stomp on them).
13. Piggy Bank– Have them dump all their coins out and re-insert them into their bank.
14. Deck of cards– Have them categorize a deck of cards, an Uno game, or a set of flashcards.
15. Magnets– Get out the box of magnets and have them create or spell on the fridge.
16. Tupperware drawer– Let them raid the Tupperware drawer (it’s already a mess, right?).
17. Try on shoes– My kids love trying on our shoes, I set my shoe basket down on the floor while they parade around in high heels and hiking boots.
18. A dull pair of scissors– Give them a dull pair of kid scissors and a piece of paper and watch their little tongue stick out in full concentration.
19. Race ramp– Make a ramp out of a couch cushion, a board from the garage, or whatever you can find and give them a handful of small cars.
20. Play outside– Send the munchkins out to discover the backyard. They can ride bikes, draw with chalk, or just look at bugs. 😉
Every mom has their own Mary Poppins bag of things to prompt their kids into action or encourage them to be creative. Let’s share…
What screen-free activities do your kids do?
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