I don’t know about you, but I am sooooo ready to lock my laptop and iPads in the closet and not bring them out until 2021!!! My kids need to UNPLUG this summer! I pride myself in being a parent that has worked hard to keep “screen time” to a minimum, and distance learning has just blown that out of the water. LOL
I am eagerly looking forward to getting out (safely) with my kiddos and leaving the technology behind for a little while. Here are 19 ways kids can UNPLUG this summer. I hope that you find a few of them helpful. 😉
#1 – Pool Noodle Fun
I LOVE all of these outdoor and indoor ideas with pool noodles. As an added bonus, they are inexpensive! Grab them at the Dollar Store!
#2 – Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Go on a scavenger hunt outside and see how many great things you can find! Buggy and Buddy has over 30 FREE printable scavenger hunts to choose from. Will you look only for bugs, or will you add other items from nature into your hunt?
#3 – Nature Art
We have had fun painting rocks and leaving them around our neighborhood. I also had them listen to Leaf Man and we created our own “Leaf Man” from leaves we found in the backyard. Here are more nature art projects for kids from Arty Crafty Kids.
#4 – Bubbles!
What kiddo does not enjoy blowing and chasing bubbles? Mine love these bubble wands from Amazon. I am fond of this set in particular, because it also comes with 12 bags of bubble refills for each wand. 🙂
#5 – Water Play
Grab a slip and slide, water balloons, or a giant yard sprinkler and watch the fun erupt!
#6 – Take a Walk and Enjoy the Fresh Air
I love taking walks and my kiddos enjoy riding their scooters along with me. We like to leave little positive notes or rocks in our neighborhood during our walks. Grab one of these inexpensive light up scooters for your kiddo and get out in the fresh air.
#7 – LEGO Fun
Check out these 50 different games you can play with LEGO Duplo blocks. So much fun! 🙂
#8 – Summer Arts and Crafts
It doesn’t matter what you make, your kiddos will love cutting, coloring, glueing, and if you are really brave… using glitter! LOL Check out this amazing list of summer crafts for kids from I Heart Crafty Things.
#9 – Unplug with a Good Book
I love reading with my children. We created this free “Read it Anywhere” sheet (access code ETTC2020) that you and your children can complete together. Once you read in a certain place, check the box and pick another great location to enjoy a good book!
#10 – Have a Costume Day/Night
One night a week, my kiddos dress up in old costumes, fancy clothes, or some other theme for dinner. I also like to participate (especially when the theme is pajamas). My kids love “dinner party nights”.
#11 – Build a Family Puzzle Together
I grab one large puzzle and work on it a little bit each evening with my two older children. We get to talk about the day and other important things going on in their lives. I really cherish that time.
#12 – Play Some Games
The list of games that you can play are endless! A few of my favorites include…
- Freeze Tag
- Simon Says
- Red Light, Green Light
- I Spy
- Dodge Ball
- Hot Potato
- Card Games (Crazy 8s, Go Fish, War, Old Maid)
- Board Games (Monopoly, Scrabble, Sorry, Trouble)
#13 – Science Experiments
#14 – Summer STEM Projects
We have 20 awesome STEM projects your children can do over the summer. Each project comes with a mini-book, materials list, lesson plan, and student journal. My kiddos want to start with the solar oven and “bake” some s’mores. LOL
#15 – Build a Blanket Fort
#16 – Study Bugs
My youngest is obsessed with BUGS! I bought him his own little carrier and magnifying glass. He loves to make them a “home” with leaves and twigs. We have also started reading about the bugs that we find, using these insect mini-books.
#17 – Fun Exercises
There are some great kid exercises out there! (And I’m actually enjoying doing it with them… LOL). We have tried Cosmic Yoga on YouTube, different Tabata workouts for kids, and my youngest has his favorite… Animal Exercises. These are an easy way to keep your kiddos active over the summer and get a little workout in for yourself too. 😉
#18 – Unplug with Kid Created Snacks
Your children will love these cute themed snacks. Many of them come with a tutorial video that you can watch, to make sure it turns out “just right”. They are adding new recipes all of the time, so check back often for other ideas.
#19 – Outdoor Games
Check out these different GIANT outdoor games for kids. This Tic-Tac-Toe board is so much fun! Simply create the board in the grass, grab two different colored paper plates, draw Xs and Os on the back and let them fly. It kept my family entertained for over an hour!
Get outside, away from the electronics this summer and let your kids UNPLUG from all of the technology they have had to interact with these last few months. If you have some other awesome ways kids can unplug this summer, please share them in the comments below.
~ Written by Janessa Fletcher
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