National Screen Free week is here, May 5-11, 2014

Decide what “screen-free” time means for your family: does this include abstaining from emails and text? How about TV and video games? There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to be screen-free; just give some other activities a try.

Worried about how to pass the time without TV, computers or video games? Never fear! Michigan State University Extension has compiled a list of fun and creative ideas for screen-free fun all year-round. Turn off screens, turn on life and enjoy learning and creating with your family.

Here is a list of fun outdoor activities for your kids to try:

  • Go on a bug hunt
  • Go for a hike
  • Create a crayon melt with your broken crayons
  • Have a treasure hunt
  • Create a nature mobile
  • Make an outdoor fairy dwelling
  • Visit a creek and find some aquatic critters
  • Fly a kite
  • “Investigate” the yard with a magnifying glass
  • Plant a garden
  • Have a toy car wash
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Play hopscotch
  • Make a nature collage
  • Have a lemonade stand
  • Make a homemade slip ‘n’ slide
  • Learn how to roller-skate
  • Go on a picnic
  • Build a sand castle at the beach
  • Stargaze
  • Collect leaves and make a scrapbook with them
  • Chase lightning bugs
  • Roll down a hill
  • Hold neighborhood Olympics
  • Climb a tree
  • Pick flowers and use them for painting
  • Draw with sidewalk chalk
  • Make a flower necklace
  • Go to a park and play on the jungle gym
  • Find shapes in the clouds
  • Put music on outside and dance
  • Play catch or Frisbee
  • Visit a fruit picking farm
  • Build an outdoor fort
  • Play hide and seek, capture the flag and other classic outdoor games

Let your child’s imagination run free.  Challenge them to imagine creative, alternative activities to screen time!

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