5 Ideas for Unplugged Summer Play

5 Ideas for UNPLUGGED Summer Play {SimpleKids.net}

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For today’s post, I’m writing about some of our favorite Summer Fun Unplugged Play Ideas:  the things that have been keeping my four little kiddos occupied and happy, that don’t require a power cord or batteries.

While I certainly don’t mind the occasional movie marathon day or (my son’s favorite) Minecraft night, I prefer that my kids get plenty of unplugged, child-powered play opportunities.

The Summer is a perfect time for some of these sweet ideas:

1. The box fort is a big hit.  Back in March the box was mainly used as a special reading spot but today, thanks to a few more larger boxes, it is growing into a SUPER fort!

LucyreadspotPhoto by K.Elizabeth Fleck

After an appliance delivery, where the very kind drivers left us three boxes from the truck after finding out my kids were so excited about the huge cardboard supply, I expect the super fort will be on it’s way to becoming the MEGA fort very soon.

KiwiCrateNatureBoxesPhoto by K.Elizabeth Fleck

2. One of my six and seven year olds very favorite things is our monthly Kiwi Crate subscription.

You don’t have to be a Kiwi Crate subscriber to get in on the unplugged, crafty action:  Kiwi Crate offers special single boxes that you can purchase, containing all the supplies you need, on a variety of themes like the farmer’s market, pirates, and robots.  A Kiwi Crate box is one of our family’s favorite ways to unplug for an afternoon and have some creative fun.

washing baby dollsPhoto by K.Elizabeth Fleck

3. Play in water.  A backyard kiddie pool is nice, but you don’t have to have a pool to enjoy some water play.  My littlest girls have been having fun washing their baby dolls and playing in dish soap bubbles in a plastic tub that I set out on the patio for them.  A place to splash and play is wonderful and will probably occupy your kids longer than you”d think, especially if you also give them a supply of cups and funnels and colanders for pouring and dumping.

Jillian and Max playing

Photo by K.Elizabeth Fleck

4. Make a mess!  Say yes! It is Summer time, go just a little bit crazy and take your kids with you.  Lately I’ve been making deals with the kids that, yes, as long as they help clean it up afterward, they can dump out the entire playmobil or lego collection and spread out all over the floor.

If you can’t go a little wild over Summer Break, then when can you, my friends?  Sometimes cleaning up together is part of the fun, too.

RobinsEggNatureCampPhoto by K.Elizabeth Fleck

5. This Summer, our budget demanded that instead of a big vacation that my traveling heart is dreaming of, we are staying close to home and making the best of it.

However, that hasn’t stopped us from having a good time at our very own homemade Backyard Nature Camp. From star gazing, to solar oven s’mores, to keeping a nature journal, and working in our raised bed garden the kids and I have been having a great time right in our own back yard, exploring our neighborhood, and becoming local nature tourists.

Here’s to a Summer of unplugged play and 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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  1. Great ideas -thank you! I’d love to see photos of the mega fort!!


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