15+ Ideas for Summer Unplugged Play

We’re just in the preschool stages of homeschool right now, but we (currently) follow a modified year-round schedule with our book-based activities and themed units.

In the summer, we take a few more weeks “off” than other times of the year, though we still include some play activities and everyday activities even on those weeks off.

Things we do everyday: read, read, read, and read some more! We have books in every room, and we use books in every room just about every day. We also do our “good morning” chart (a post coming soon about that!) and some kind of play activity (rotating between a fine motor, gross motor, or pretend play focus).

Choosing Unplugged Play

When the kids are acting kooky and we need something to do (or things get wild), it sometimes feels so much easier to flip on the television. And, sometimes I even need to give myself a quick pep talk not to do that. (We are not against TV here; we just limit the shows and amount of time used… that goes for myself, too! I have to limit my own screen time, especially during the day. We aim for less than 1 ½ hours of screen time for the kids each day right now.) Unplugged play provides open opportunity for building creativity, relationship, and growth through play.

It helps me to have a go-to list of ideas for unplugged play when we need something to do.

15+ Ideas for Summer Unplugged Play via Under God's Mighty Hand

15+ Ideas for Summer Unplugged Play

Ideas for unplugged play outside:

Ideas for unplugged play inside (when the weather isn’t as awesome outside):

More ideas? 45 things to do instead of turning on the TV from Childhood 101 and 75 TV Free Activities for toddlers from No Time for Flash Cards

Want more unplugged play ideas? Check out my unplugged play Pinterest board. (It’s one of my favorite boards!)

Lots of Unplugged Play Ideas!

What are some of your family’s favorite unplugged play ideas?

This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-UpHomeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsHearts for Home linkup, and the Weekly Kids Co-op.

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7 thoughts on “15+ Ideas for Summer Unplugged Play

  1. katepickle

    So many great ideas. It’s not summer here but we are about to have our mid year winter holidays so I’m off to check out some of these activities!

    Thanks for including our robots!

  2. Adrienne Bolton

    My boys love their games! I have to be very careful to keep them from over playing. These are all great ideas!

    1. Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand

      I can understand, Adrienne. We have some great, educational games and shows, but we have to limit it for all of us (including us parents), too! I’m planning on using these ideas a good bit myself. I hope they’re fun for you all!

  3. Shaunna@FantasticFun&Learning

    Great collection! We just might have to try indoor camping. It is way too hot to camp in the summer where we live. Thanks for all the ideas!

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