63 screen-free activities to entertain the kids while we stay home

To better cope with the quarantine due to the coronavirus, we have shared39 ideas of games and activities to entertain children,21 galleries and virtual visits to museums around the world to enjoy with the family and19 educational resources on YouTube for children learn in a fun way while staying at home.

Although it is surely good to exploit the positive of the use of tablets, television and mobile phones, we must remember not to abuse them.For this reason, we share 63 activities without screens to do as a family and entertain the children while we stay at home.

With paper and pencil

With something as simple as sheets of paper and pencils we can spend hours of family fun.For example, these are some games that we can make using only these two elements:

  • Hanged or hanged. The classic game in which someone thinks of a word, puts hyphens for each letter and the others have to guess each of them.If correct, the letter is placed in the corresponding script.If it fails, an element of a drawing of a hanging man is drawn.
  • Stop, Enough or Stop the pencil. On a sheet, we draw a table with a different category in each column: name, city, animal, fruit, color, object, and so on.One player must say “A” and mentally recite the alphabet, until the rest stop him.Then, you will have to say what letter it is and everyone will try to fill in the fields with words that start with that letter in the shortest possible time.The first to finish must shout “Stop”, “Enough” or “Stop the pencil”, and the score of the categories they have managed to complete will be added.
  • Who am I or what am I? It consists of writing the name of a character or an object on a card or a piece of paper without the other players seeing.Then it must be turned face down and given to another player, either the one next to it or at random.Each one will place or hold the card to their forehead and the others will have to give them clues to try to guess who or what it is.
  • Family trivia. This consists of making up a trivia game with facts or information about the family, writing them on small cards and trying to answer them correctly.
  • Blind drawing. This game has different variants but basically it consists of someone in the group putting on a blindfold while the rest dictate what to draw.The idea is to laugh all together at the end result.
  • Make pacifiers. As we know, the pacifier is a classic game that is made by folding a sheet of paper so that a small pyramid is formed that contains inside flaps in which numbers, colors, words or phrases are discovered underneath.In Un como we can see how to do one step by step.
  • Make origami or origami figures. It is the traditional art of folding paper without using scissors or glue to obtain figures of various shapes.On YouTube we can find fun tutorials for the whole family, like a fish, a butterfly or a heart.

Family games

There are various games that we can do as a family and that do not require any extra material or, we can do with things or games that we already have at home.

  • Chained words. Organizing ourselves in turns (we can do it sitting in a circle for better continuity) the first player will say a word, and the next player will have to say another word that begins with the last syllable of the word that the player said before him.For example, if the first player saidBolsiment, the second must say llo vizna, the third na Turaleza, the fourthzapatoand so on.
  • Faces and gestures. Divided into two teams, the participants must guess the word that a member of their team is trying to say to them without words, only resorting to making faces and gestures.
  • The blind chicken. The classic children’s game in which one of the players blindfolds and tries to find or catch the others, and in some variants, guess who it is.
  • Board games. Organize an afternoon of games with the ones we already have at home, or you can make your own games with materials that you have at home, such as a memory of fruits and objects that the children draw.
  • Mini homemade marathon.Get active!Play a mini marathon at home: jumps, squats, sit-ups and fun routines that will also be beneficial to our health.

Activities to stimulate creativity

In our list of activities without screens for the whole family, we could not miss those that help stimulate creativity and imagination, not only of children but of the whole family.

  • Paint.
  • Draw.
  • Play with play dough.
  • Experiment with new painting techniques.They can paint with their fingers, with vegetables, with bubbles, with strips, in short, trying not so traditional materials and tools.
  • Crafts.InBabies and Morewe have a wide catalog ofcraftsthat the whole family can do from home.
  • Make a collage.Using old books or magazines, we can make thematic collages.

Artistic activities

Other types of activities that can be very fun are those that bring out the artist that we all carry inside through music or acting.Here are some ideas we can do with children:

  • Home theater. In Titerenet we can find scripts for children’s plays, which we can later print and rehearse to act at home.
  • Make sock puppets. Using old socks, or those that no longer have a partner, we can make some puppets and put everyone’s creativity to the test.
  • Puppet show. Once we have our puppets, we canset up a theaterwith some cloth and a cardboard box, and organize a performance.
  • Karaoke. Although traditionally karaoke is done by reading song lyrics on a screen, you can choose to sing your favorite songs without their support and even do fun duets or variations, such as singing them at different speeds or rhythms.
  • Act out your favorite movie. Put yourself to the test and see if you really love your favorite movie, trying to remember and act out as many dialogues and scenes as possible without cheating.
  • Shadow theater. Using a lamp, a smooth and clear wall or a screen, we will place our hands or some paper puppets between the two, to create an optical effect by projecting the shadows on the wall.
  • Swap new songs. Make it a time to share what you both know: for children to teach parents songs they have learned in school and for parents to teach their children songs from their childhood.

Educational activities

  • Do experiments. Home experiments are a fun and different way for children to learn some basic concepts of physics and chemistry.
  • Recycling projects. Let’s take this opportunity to educate children on the importance of recycling, teaching them to separate certain materials such as cardboard and cans, to make new fun projects or give them a second use.
  • Make toys with recycled objects. Another option to teach children about recycling is to encourage them to try to make fun use of these materials.For example, with a cardboard box, we can make a house or a car, or with some empty cans, we can make a game of bowling.

Adventures without leaving home

Staying home does not mean that we cannot have great adventures and new experiences.Here are some adventure ideas without leaving home (and without screens!).

  • Treasure hunt. By hiding a particular object and writing a series of clues or drawing a map, set out on a search for that treasure.
  • Build a fort. A childhood classic: with chairs, sheets and pillows, we can make a small fort inside the house and organize small activities inside it, such as reading afternoons.
  • Picnic inside the house. Let’s prepare a basket with snacks and typical picnic foods, but instead of going out, let’s select a room and placing a blanket on the floor, let’s have a picnic indoors.
  • One night of camping. In the living room or in the boys’ room (or why not, in ours) let’s organize a camping night: let’s make a laying on the ground, turn off the lights and with a flashlight to read or tell stories, let’s imagine that we are at camp.
  • Obstacle race. With furniture or objects that you have at home, organize an obstacle course, and whoever completes the route in the shortest time wins.

In the kitchen

Taking advantage of the fact that we are already at home, we can get with the children in the kitchen and start doing different activities related to food.

  • Cook together. Plan and cook meals together for the day.
  • Play tea. But this time, with real tea (just make sure it’s age appropriate): teaching them how to prepare and serve it.
  • Baking. Preparing the mixture and baking a cake or cookies is always a great activity to do with children.
  • Make up a recipe. What if we get creative?Let’s see what ingredients we have at home and invent a new dish, or let’s make variations to one that we already know.

Reading

Reading is one of the habits that we must undoubtedly teach children from an early age.We propose some activities, both for those who already know how to read, and for those who do not.

  • Read books. An activity that can never be missed for the afternoons with the family.
  • Tell stories with a funny twist. Play at telling different interpretations of the same story: varying the voices, changing the speed, changing the names of characters, and so on.
  • Play the riddles. In Primary World we can find hundreds of riddles that we can copy or download to print and then read and play as a family.
  • Learn and tell jokes. Like the riddles, we can download and print someshort jokesto have a good time reading them.
  • Invent and write a story together. Give flight to your imagination and together, write a story.Create new characters and imagine a story, sure the result will be a lot of fun by putting several minds to work together.
  • Practice tongue twisters. A simple game that in addition to stimulating your memory helps to stimulate your language, are the tongue twisters.

Fun contests

Let’s put a bit of excitement and organize contests that, in addition to motivating us to make an effort, will help us to have a fun afternoon.Some contest ideas can be:

  • Dance. Turn up the volume and organize a dance contest, you can do it alone, in pairs or dance battle type.
  • Disguises. If we do not have costumes, we can make costumes using clothes or objects that we have at home.
  • Of talents. It is the best time for everyone to show their unique and special talent: it can be dance, singing, magic, poetry or even jokes.
  • Of jumps. The concept is simple: play a competition to see who jumps further and higher, with variations of doing it on one foot, on two feet, with your eyes closed, with your hands on your head, and so on.
  • Of masks. Using paper, cardboard and other materials that we have at home, we can make a mask contest.
  • Crazy hats. Same as the mask contest, but with crazy hats.

Daily life

Because the life teachings are also important, we can take the opportunity to show children how to do some basic things of daily life if they do not already know.

  • Homework. Let’s teach and reinforce the children basic household tasks: sweeping, mopping, washing dishes, dusting furniture, and so on.
  • Teach how to sew or knit.
  • Remodeling the house, organizing the furniture.
  • Wardrobe review. Let’s take the opportunity to review what we have and take out those clothes that we no longer have or do not need and prepare them to later donate or give them away.
  • Purging toys. Like the closet check, we can encourage children to do a cleanup or purge of toys to donate.

Relaxing

Because not every day we should be involved in activities or keep children so busy, we can resort to some quiet activities that help us relax.

  • Do yoga. In addition to being relaxing, it is proven to alsohave benefits for children.
  • To meditate. Practicing breaths and repeating mantras can help usintroduce children to the world of meditation and mindfulness.
  • Get a manicure and pedicure.
  • See family photos.
  • Make puzzles.

Hopeful

And finally, let’s try to stay positive and not let hope fail.These are some activities that we can do with children.

  • Start a journal. To lift spirits, you can start a journal together, in which in addition to recounting your day, you can include new learnings, positive moments, and things for which you are grateful.
  • Make a bucket list.
  • Plan the next vacation.
  • Make a time capsuleto open in a year, five or whatever you want.

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