These Screen-Free Summer Activities for Kids are perfect for summer! There is nothing quite like getting away from technology, even if it is just for a no-technology week!
It is sad, but American children spend 5-8 hours in front of a screen per day and less than 1 hour (that is less than prisoners!) Too much screen time can cause sleep problems, higher risk for attention disorders, higher risk for obesity and actually change the chemistry of your child’s brain. I don’t know about you, but those risks scare me.
Honestly, screen time is an area that I struggle with because when the TV is on I can actually get stuff done, but I’m ready for a change. Our kids deserve better than to spend their childhood in front of a screen. They should be outdoors getting dirty and exploring, not watching someone else having fun on TV. These 60 Screen-Free Summer Activities for Kids should help (you can print them out and hang them up, too).
I grew up in a small town– we had farms surrounding us, empty fields that we could run through and a sense of peace and “make your own fun” everywhere that we went. I had friends with giant barns that we would go in (climbing the hay stacks) and my husband’s grandparents owned a farm where we would go and just explore (we were high-school sweethearts). Being outside is a part of me and I want it to be a part of my kids, too.
Summer is the perfect time to go outside as a family and have FUN. I challenge you to really think about the amount of screen time your child is getting and consider implementing a screen-free day once per week or a screen-free zone such as in the car or at the dinner table where screens aren’t allowed (including parents!). Let’s give our kids the childhood they deserve and do as many of these fun activities as a family as possible.
60 Scree-Free Summer Activities for Kids
Have lunch outside
Splash in a puddle
Make a kit & fly it!
Have hotdogs on the grill
Make Play Dough
Catch bugs & observe them
Have a park playdate
Go for a Walk
Draw a picture in a summer journal
Watch a Baseball Game
Paint with sidewalk paint!
Make a book together
Plant a garden
Dance in a Rainstorm
Go to a new park & take pictures together.
Play in a sprinkler
Sell paper fans 🙂
Make your favorite cookies (here’s ours!)
Search for constellations at night
Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt
Build a tent & camp out in the back yard.
Make Homemade Popsicles
Build a fort & read in it.
Climb a Tree
Make MUD-PIE in the dirt
Ride a Bike
Play a game of 21 (teaching math & cards at the same time)
Play in the sandbox
Watch a Parade
Build a Fort
Skip Rocks on a lake or river
Make bracelet of flowers or grass (our son loves to do this for me)
Play duck duck goose outside
Wash your toys in a bucket of water (like a barbie bath tub)
Lay in a Hammock
Collect leaves, rocks & pinecones and do math with it!
Build a pinecone Birdhouse
build a fairy house
Play a game of t-ball in the back yard
Go to a Museum
Play double dutch
Make fresh strawberry lemonade
Pick Berries and Make Jam
Send a letter to a pen pal
Go to a Farmer’s Market
Play Hide and Seek in your back yard … with a toy! (hide the toy!)
Make Homemade Pizza with fresh veggies
Have a Pajama Party in your own house. 🙂