20 Non-Electronic Things to Do with Kids

By: Rebecca Gonner, Editor,
12 Non-Electronic Things to do with Kids

It’s summer and the kids are home from school with lots of free time, meaning you need a way to keep them away from the screens, controllers, and touchpads. Here are 20 Non-Electronic Things to do with Kids. These kids projects, crafts, and activities will exercise your children’s imaginations. They’ll be having so much fun, they won’t even want to look at a computer, tablet, or television. Whether your kid finds joy in a mess, loves a good DIY art project, or wants a stage to tell a story, you will find an activity among these projects for your tot.

Some of these crafts for kids are projects your kid can make themselves, while others are projects made by you for them to enjoy. Get your kids active and using their imaginations this summer with the great projects in this collection. These projects can be great for family time as well, when you join your children for these fun activities.

Play Dough Recipes

You are never too old to play with play dough! If you like homemade, healthy recipes and not having to worry about whether your kids accidentally ingest what they play with, then you should try these homemade play dough recipes. Play dough is a classic childhood toy and helps to exercise your child’s imagination. When you make your own play dough, your kids can choose the colors they want to play with. Your kids will be inventing and designing all sorts of things when they have this homemade play dough to mold. The best part is that you likely have all the ingredients you need right in your kitchen! Just pick a recipe and get mixing.

Messy Play Ideas

Have the mess without the stress! You know what they say: things often get messier before they get clean. So before you break out your homemade soap and water, let your little ones get a bit messier with these fun DIY projects. Do you wanna build a snowman? Well now you can, even in summer, with this great indoor snow recipe. You can also add some glow to bath time with this safe glow-in-the-dark water project.

There’s no end to the fun your kids can have, as long as you don’t mind a bit of mess. We know some great homemade cleaners you can use when they’re finished!

Arts and Crafts

Get creative! Who doesn’t love arts and crafts? Anyone can be an artist with these great arts and crafts projects for kids. Create refrigerator-worthy art with this fun spinning paint project; or, channel your inner scientist with a fun volcano experiment that your child can paint. Show your children the joy of crafting, and the pride of creating their own projects, by following these great DIY tutorials. These fun crafts for kids will stimulate your children’s imaginations as they experiment and try new things to create their unique projects. Get your kids excited about crafts with these fun kids projects.

DIY Activities for Kids

Wait...there's more! Your kids will love these fun activities that will put their minds to work. If your child loves science tutorials or problem solving, then they will be enthralled with this color changing bead activity! There are projects for every kid in this collection!

Maybe your kid is more of a story teller. They will just love a shadow puppet theater. With this simple project, kids can make up fanciful stories that are only limited by their imaginations. You can even channel your child’s inner archeologist with a fun dino digging game. Your children will love these DIY kids activities where they can use their imaginations and create their own realities.

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These are all such great ideas! I love how creative these are. Many of them are also pretty frugal!

So good to step back from technology once in a while. It's amazing, yes, but kids need to get their "hands dirty" with stuff like this. Thanks!


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