Here are 25 Super Fun Unplugged Activities for Kids that are perfect for tech-free time, snow days and rainy days. These boredom busters are sure to keep you kids entertained.
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In today’s society we all seem to be tethered to devices. Whether we’re checking social media, playing video games or shopping online, phones, tablets and computers tend to take over our days.
The problem with being so connected is that we really aren’t. Although we’re communicating with texts, status updates and instas, we’re making fewer meaningful connections.
As a rule, we don’t allow technology at the dinner table. We use that time to catch up on what we did during the day and talk about what’s going on in our lives.
If you have tweens and teens, you know getting them to talk and open up can be tricky. One word answers like “fine” and “OK” seem to be all they can handle. I love this dinner time conversation starter book. It’s a great way to open the channels of communication for all ages.
If you’re looking to re-connect with your family, try unplugging. Here are some fun activities that you can do to unplug and reconnect as a family.
25 Super Fun Unplugged Activities for Kids
- Build LEGO mazes like this one
- Play giant outdoor bowling
- Build a newspaper fort
- Do some science experiments – like this rain maker one
- Try these cool science experiments
- Make pool noodle rocket flingers
- Go geocaching
- Play a game of glow in the dark bowling
- Try squirt gun painting
- Grab all of the blankets and cushions and build a giant fort
- Have a shaving cream battle
- Bust out the board games – here’s a list of great games for each age group
- Play a game of bun blaster
- Make a batch of glowing slime
- Go on a scavenger hunt
- Have car balloon races
- Or, try rocket balloon races
- Build with mini marshmallows and toothpicks
- Make these fun balloon cup shooters
- Blast off with these straw rockets
- Have an indoor campout
- Build a DIY laser maze
- Learn some card tricks
- Play a game of balloon tennis
- Play a game of flash light tag
Last week, we decided to unplug from all of our devices and take PPL’s Power Hour Challenge.
For the challenge we spent an entire hour without using any power. No. Power. At. All. No lights. No TV. No smart phones.
It sounds like it can be challenging but it was really fun!
Last week was pretty cold so we had our wood burning fire place roaring. We turned off all of the lights in our house, sat in front of the fire and busted out our favorite games. We played Farkle and Tapple and Whoonu.
Not only did it help us connect better as a family, but we also decreased our energy use. And, we laughed! There is nothing like good, old fashioned family fun to bring a family together.
You can participate in the #PPLPowerHour, too. Commit to spending one hour completely unplugged, using no energy. You can share your experience with us during the #PPLPowerHour twitter party on April 5 at 8 PM EST.
So, put down your phones. Step away from the video games. And, start connecting!