Today, our family watches a few educational YouTube videos or short movies (like What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver?) a week, and maybe a family movie a few times a month. The rest of the time, we’re screen free. It works for us.
Last year, I made a list of 100+ Screen Free Activities for Teens. Here’s a fun list of activities for your younger kids. These screen free activities are all tested and approved by my four kids.
Screen Free Activities for Kids
- Read a book.
- Keep a daily journal.
- Play a card game.
- Write to a pen pal.
- Draw a picture.
- Start a nature journal.
- Build with LEGOs.
- Ride a bike.
- Go swimming.
- Collect and press leaves.
- Jump on a trampoline.
- Ride a skateboard or scooter.
- Practice shooting hoops.
- Paint with watercolors.
- Write a poem.
- Learn to do a handstand.
- Play a board game.
- Learn to play solitaire.
- Put on a skit.
- Make a Bible craft.
- Make popsicle stick puppets with cardstock and markers. Act out a Bible story.
- Read a Bible story.
- Draw a picture of a favorite book character.
- Memorize a Bible verse.
- Learn how to make a simple meal.
- Collect stamps.
- Clean your room.
- Make a snowman.
- Learn how to French braid hair.
- Play with K’Nex. Build a historic building or vehicle.
- Make a city out of blocks.
- Put together a floor puzzle.
- Visit a waterfall.
- Do a challenging dot-to-dot.
- Color in a Dover coloring book.
- Look through an atlas and draw a continent or country.
- Learn to use a pogo stick.
- Visit a science museum.
- Go for a walk.
- Make a sandcastle.
- Have a snowball fight.
- Draw a map of a fantasy world from a book–like Narnia.
- Learn to crochet.
- Visit a retirement home.
- Read a book to your parents or with your parents.
- Do a chore for mom.
- Build a dam in a creek. Stay with a parent around water.
- Decorate a hat.
- Make a scrapbook.
- Have a playdate.
- Collect coins.
- Back and decorate cookies or cupcakes.
- Make and paint a birdhouse.
- Build a playhouse.
- Plant some seeds and care for them.
- Learn to weed.
- Go to the zoo.
- Get a fish and care for it.
- Visit a children’s museum.
- Dig a hole. (This was a favorite in our home.)
- Fill your hole with water. (Another favorite.)
- Put leaves and sticks in your water-filled hole. (Hours of fun!)
- Take a bath.
- Look at a magazine.
- Jump rope.
- Listen to an audio adventure.
- Go sledding.
- Play hide and seek.
- Visit a mountain.
- Read a Bible story to a younger sibling.
- Build a train track and play with the trains.
- Go to the park.
- Write a story.
- Build a fort.
- Have a water balloon fight.
- Play with PlayDoh.
- Pretend play.
- Have a NERF battle.
- Join a soccer team.
- Play a pretend game.
- Build with Lincoln Logs.
- Play dress-up.
- Cook something in your play kitchen.
- Take a family day-trip.
- Play with a doll house.
- Put on a puppet play.
- Sword fight.
- Make jewelry.
- Climb a tree (if your mom or dad approves)!
- Decorate a shirt.
- Play tag.
- Visit a farm.
- Play foosball.
- Draw a comic book.
- Decorate a walking stick.
- Collect stickers.
- Draw on your driveway or sidewalk with sidewalk chalk. Look out for cars!
- Play in the sprinkler.
- Build an igloo.
- Visit a creek–look for crawdads. Be sure to stay with a parent.
- Go camping.
We live in a great big world. Encourage your kids to get out there and live a little!
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
The good news? Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together.
…and you can!
A Crash Course in Teaching the Bible to Your Kids
Danika Cooley’s book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, will give you the tools and confidence to study the Bible as a family. It will help you identify and overcome your objections and fears, give you a crash course in what the Bible is all about and how to teach it, and provide the guidance you need to set up a family Bible study habit.
You will finish this book feeling encouraged and empowered to initiate and strengthen your child’s relationship with the Lord through His Word.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible will equip you with everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
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