30+ Unplugged Play Ideas

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Today”s the day!  We”re beginning our much anticipated series on  Unplugged play:  no batteries required.

We”ve got over 30 Ideas (and counting) for unplugged play.

It seems, at times, like play and childhood are becoming obsolete.  We live in such a hurry-up world that it can be easy to forget that life doesn’t have to be that fast-paced and play doesn’t require batteries or the endorsement of a television character.   I invite you and your kids to slow down and reconnect with simple play

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Unplugged Play

Each idea will feature a short post with a simple idea or two for “unplugged” play – no batteries or power cords required.

Activity Number 1

Unplugged Activity #1 – Today, I”m starting you off with perhaps the easiest unplugged play idea:  simply open the backdoor today and send your kids outside to play.  Bonus points if you go with them. 

Overly simple?  Maybe.  But when was the last time you played with your kids outside?  I have a feeling some of you are overdue for some backyard frolicking and I bet your kids would be thrilled if you joined them for some sandbox digging, a game of tag, or  a walk around the yard.  Get out there!

Need a little more direction?  Kids looking at you wide-eyed with no idea where to get started?  Have  children who don”t really want to play tag or dig in the dirt?

  1. Hand them a camera or sketch pad and tell them to take picture/draw what they see.
  2. Go on a nature walk, around the yard or neighborhood.  Don”t forget to look up and look down.
  3. A pile of picture books and a blanket = a reading picnic.  Enjoy the October sunshine while we have it, friends.

However, I would also stress that you shouldn”t be afraid to give your kids what Kim John Payne calls “the gift of boredom.”  Don”t feel like you have to direct their every move outdoors.  Give them some space casino online to get a little bit bored and eventually they will find something to do, even if it is just to sit and cloud watch or daydream  (good for grown-ups, too).

Unplugged Activity #2 –  two words:  blanket fort.  I”ll leave how simple or elaborate it becomes up to you and your kids.

Have fun!

More Unplugged Play Ideas:

Activity #3Stuffed Animal Zoo

Activity #4 – Story Themed Playscape

Activity #5May I take your order?

Activity #6Take dolly for a walk

Activity #7Apple painting

Activity #8 – Cardboard Castle

Activity #9 Games for Paper and Pencil

Activity #10Stick Puppets

Activity #11Garden Playscape

Activity #12Calm Down Jar (glitter bears)

Activity #13Play a game together

Activity #14Play Dough

Activity #15 Post Office Pretend Play

Activity #16 – Apple Orchard Playscape

Activity #17 – Junk Mail Art Projects

Activity #18Stacking and Building

Activity #19 – Bathing baby dolls

Activity #20Knock! Knock! Jokes

Activity #21 – Newspaper Hats

Activity #22 Sidewalk Chalk

Activity #23Kiddie Pool Bubbles (think GIANT bubble bath)

Activity #24Solar Oven S”mores

Activity #25Build a MEGA Fort

Activity #26Jump Rope

Activity #27Have a Park Day

Activity #28Ride a bike

Activity #29Shake, Rattle, and Roll!

Activity #30Host an Outdoor Art Party

Activity #31Play with Cloud Dough

Activity #32watch the clouds (and do some simple weather experiments)

Activity #33Get Messy! Homemade Playdough, Silly Putty, and Finger Paint

Activity #34Paper Plate Farm Animals

Activity #35Go on a Color Hunt Nature Walk

More ideas are added all the time, so check back often as we gather more fun ideas for Unplugged Play!

Are you ready for some simple, unplugged playtime fun?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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