Here are 10 ideas to help your young ones unplug the screen and plug in play! Next week, celebrate (April 29–May 5) by trying one of these fun play activities:
1. Teach your child your favorite childhood game. Remember Cat’s Cradle? Or “Go Fish?” How about Hopscotch, Freeze Tag or Red Light, Green Light?
2. Make puppets out of odd socks and put on a puppet show. A cardboard box or a table top makes a great puppet stage.
3. Blow bubbles; you can make your ownbubbles by making your own special brew.
4. Host a living room dance party. Crank up the music and boogie like its no one’s business but your own!
5. Act out a favorite book.
6. Learn clapping games. Miss Mary Mack anyone?
7. Build a marble marathon run. Use a ladder, piled up books or indoor stairs as the elevation and then use other household objects to provide the obstacles such as toilet paper rolls, swimming pool noodles, (Remember that marbles can present a choking hazard for little ones so keep this activity for older kids).
8. Work on a family jigsaw puzzle. (With a bowl of popcorn nearby!)
9. Play with goofy goop. Hop on overfor a tutorial.
10. Classic games are usually the best. Remember bean bag toss? All you need is a large receptacle (think trash can or laundry basket) and a bean bag or small ball. Score!