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Gavin Mccormack

The only constant in education is change, and that change is you!

The only constant in education is change, and that change is you!

Beyond the Screen: 100 Engaging Activities for Children This Christmas Without an iPad

As we approach the festive season, the allure of digital devices often becomes more prominent for children. However, as a Montessori educator and advocate for innovative learning, I understand the importance of reducing screen time and engaging children in more hands-on, creative activities.

Here’s a comprehensive guide for parents looking to entertain their kids this Christmas without relying on iPads or similar devices.

1.Indoor Treasure Hunt: Create a treasure hunt with clues around the house.

  1. Baking Day: Bake cookies, cakes, or bread together.
  2. Arts and Crafts: Use materials like paper, glue, and scissors to make art.
  3. Home Science Experiments: Simple experiments using household items.
  4. Reading Time: Read books together or tell stories.
  5. Build a Fort: Use blankets and furniture to create a fort.
  6. Indoor Obstacle Course: Set up a course using pillows and chairs.
  7. Gardening: Plant herbs or flowers in pots or a garden bed.
  8. DIY Puppet Show: Create puppets and put on a show.
  9. Play Dough Creations: Make and play with homemade play dough.
  10. Dress-Up and Role Play: Use old clothes for creative play.
  11. Painting and Drawing: Set up a mini art studio.
  12. Indoor Picnic: Have a picnic on the living room floor.
  13. Make Homemade Pizza: Kids can help with the dough and toppings.
  14. Puzzle Solving: Work on jigsaw puzzles.
  15. DIY Board Games: Create and play your own board games.
  16. Yoga and Exercise: Do a child-friendly workout or yoga session.
  17. Bird Watching: From the garden, observe and identify birds.
  18. Origami: Learn to make origami animals and objects.
  19. Learn a Musical Instrument: Practice a simple instrument.
  20. Create a Time Capsule: Fill a box with current memories.
  21. Memory Games: Play or create memory card games.
  22. Magic Tricks: Learn and perform simple magic tricks.
  23. Write and Illustrate a Book: Create your own storybook.
  24. Photography: Teach basic photography using a camera or phone.
  25. Science Kit Making: Assemble a kit from household items.
  26. Pottery or Clay Modeling: Model figures from clay.
  27. Indoor Camping: Set up a tent in the living room.
  28. DIY Jewelry Making: Make simple bead necklaces or bracelets.
  29. Finger Painting: Paint with fingers on large sheets of paper.
  30. Charades: A fun game of acting out and guessing.
  31. Create a Comic Strip: Draw and write a comic story.
  32. Make Bird Feeders: Use seeds and recyclables for bird feeders.
  33. Learn Basic Sewing: Sew buttons or simple patterns.
  34. Paper Airplane Contest: Design and fly paper airplanes.
  35. DIY Slime: Make homemade slime with safe ingredients.
  36. Indoor Bowling: Set up a bowling alley with bottles and a ball.
  37. Scrapbooking: Create a scrapbook of recent or past events.
  38. Tea Party: Host a pretend or real tea party.
  39. Balloon Volleyball: Play a gentle game of balloon volleyball.
  40. Build with Blocks: Create structures with Lego or wooden blocks.
  41. Rock Painting: Paint rocks for garden decoration.
  42. Sensory Bins: Fill bins with rice, beans, or pasta for sensory play.
  43. Play Card Games: Teach simple card games like Go Fish or Snap.
  44. Friendship Bracelets: Make bracelets with thread or yarn.
  45. Face Painting: Paint each other’s faces with washable paint.
  46. Indoor Mini-Golf: Create a mini-golf course with household items.
  47. Board Games Day: Spend a day playing various board games.
  48. Make a Bug House: Observe garden insects in a homemade bug house.
  49. Family Tree Project: Research and create a family tree.
  50. Shadow Puppets: Make shadow puppets with a flashlight.
  51. Ice Cream Making: Make homemade ice cream or sorbet.
  52. Indoor Hopscotch: Use tape to create a hopscotch grid.
  53. Simple Carpentry Projects: Build simple wood projects.
  54. Educational Online Games: Play educational games on a computer.
  55. Indoor Gardening: Care for houseplants or grow sprouts.
  56. Make a Lava Lamp: Create a homemade lava lamp with oil and water.
  57. Storytelling Circle: Everyone tells a part of a larger story.
  58. Pasta Jewelry: Make necklaces and bracelets with pasta.
  59. Home Theater Night: Watch a family-friendly movie with popcorn.
  60. Karaoke Session: Sing along to favorite songs.
  61. Playdough Bakery: Pretend to run a bakery with playdough.
  62. DIY Wind Chimes: Make wind ch
  1. Watercolor Painting: Experiment with watercolor paints.
  2. Cushion Sumo Wrestling: Safe wrestling with cushions.
  3. Learn a New Language: Basic words and phrases in a new language.
  4. Indoor Scavenger Hunt: Find items around the house.
  5. Balloon Tennis: Use balloons and rackets for indoor tennis.
  6. Cook a Foreign Cuisine: Prepare a meal from another culture.
  7. Create a Family Newsletter: Write and illustrate a newsletter.
  8. Mosaic Art with Beans: Make art with beans and seeds.
  9. Playdough Monsters: Create and tell stories about monsters.
  10. Indoor Hide and Seek: Classic hide and seek game.
  11. Window Painting: Paint on windows with washable paints.
  12. Make a Kite: Build and decorate a simple kite.
  13. Create a Bird Sanctuary: Set up a bird feeding station.
  14. Shadow Drawing: Trace shadows from window light.
  15. Indoor Plant Care: Teach how to care for indoor plants.
  16. Jigsaw Puzzle Marathon: Complete a large jigsaw puzzle.
  17. DIY Fruit Popsicles: Freeze fruit juice into popsicles.
  18. Paper Mâché Projects: Create figures with paper mâché.
  19. Home Library Organization: Organize books in a fun way.
  20. Sock Puppets: Make and play with sock puppets.
  21. Fashion Show: Create outfits and hold a family fashion show.
  22. Indoor Basketball: Shoot socks into a laundry basket.
  23. Paper Bag Skits: Perform skits using paper bag costumes.
  24. Create a Zen Garden: Make a mini Zen garden with sand.
  25. Indoor Cycling: Use stationary bikes if available.
  26. Cardboard Box Creations: Turn boxes into cars, houses, etc.
  27. Home Spa Day: Do facials, nail painting, and relaxation.
  28. Stuffed Animal Tea Party: Host a tea party for stuffed animals.
  29. DIY Musical Instruments: Make instruments from recyclables.
  30. Mindfulness Activities: Practice simple meditation or breathing exercises.
  31. Paint Pet Rocks: Find and paint rocks as pet rocks.
  32. Learn About Astronomy: Use apps or books to learn about stars.
  33. Indoor Fishing Game: Make a fishing game with magnets.
  34. Silly Olympics: Create fun and silly indoor competitions.
  35. Create Greeting Cards: Make cards for friends and family.
  36. Yarn Crafts: Simple projects like yarn wrapping or weaving.
  37. Make a Photo Album: Organize and decorate a photo album.

These activities are designed to be engaging, educational, and fun, promoting creativity and learning in a home environment.

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