19 Screen Free Learning Activities On The Cheap
Feel guilty when the kids are staring at screens but you’ve run out of easy game ideas? Here are 19 fun, simple and inexpensive activities - no electronics required!
1. Feed the letter monster
Monster is hungry for tacos! (Put in “t”.)
Now monster is hungry for blueberries! (Put in “b”.)
2. Tons of color sorting possibilities
3. Magnetic letter games
Start with letter matching and move on to words, even sentences!
4. Can’t find those ubiquitous fridge letters ANYWHERE?
5. Get the kids moving with jumping games
This clever game has tons of variations: letters, colors, numbers, shapes. Make it even more fun by playing it Twister style! Too yucky outside? Grab a roll of easel paper.
6. Learn numbers 1-75 with free printable Bingo cards
7. Turn Easter eggs into egg shakers for the littles
8. Keep ‘em busy for hours helping Mommy sort these stickers
9. Create your own flashcards
It’s AMAZING how much a child can learn with a little positive reinforcement and some cheap index cards. Start with letters and move on to words. You can even teach them advanced vocabulary words with definitions or drawings on the back.
10. Pass the Note game for beginning readers
This is my daughter’s favorite game. We sit on opposite sides of a door with pens and communicate with messages pushed under the door. This is especially great if you sit on the side of the door where the TV is.
11. Learn about color mixing in the tub with easy homemade paint
12. This brilliant Race to 25 Cents game
13. Learn how to tell time with this genius matching game
14. Develop those little IQs with this great puzzle game
Download the free printables or make your own with a simple Google image search and a basic layout program. No color printer? Have the kids color the pictures before you cut them!
15. Modify the rules of board games you already have
There are tons of ways to do this (it could be a whole other list), but here is one of my favorites. The game comes with letter and category cards. My daughter picks a letter and I pick a category (or make one up). For every word she comes up with she moves ahead one space.
16. Ping pong ball drop game
17. The “Bring Mommy” game
18. Develop motor skills by making colorful pasta necklaces
Tie a noodle to one end of a piece of string or yarn. On the other end, roll a bit of glue around to keep the yarn from fraying. My favorite pasta for this activity is ditalini.
19. Or if you don’t feel like dying pasta...
You can buy oodles and oodles of pony beads on Amazon or at the craft store for next to nothing.
Have you ever thought of a brilliant activity idea? Did it turn out great or was it a total fail? We’d love to hear your ideas and stories!