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
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!)
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-Up, Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten Corner, Tuesday Tots, Hearts for Home linkup, and the Weekly Kids Co-op.