These are all screen free items that my kids have loved…
I have had a several people ask me for screen free gift ideas for their kids, and nieces or nephews. I had a grandma asking for ideas for her granddaughter that is hard to buy for. Perusing the aisles at target or searching amazon may not be working for you. I have put together 10 screen free gift ideas for kids in one place. Feel free to comment other ideas that you might have that are not included on this list.
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I am including amazon links, so you can check them out, but you can pick up one of these at local stores cheaper than what I can find on amazon. I have purchased many at Menards. Whoever thought of encasing plastic dino bones in plaster was a genius. I cannot even count the number of these that my children have demolished in order to find the dinosaur bones. Granted, I have a dinosaur obsessed child, but he is not the only one who loves dino excavation kits. If your child is patient enough to use the tools that are included in these kits, it will take a long time to get through the plaster. I’m not gonna lie…my kids break out screw drivers and hammers to take these projects on. Some come with separate bones that connect together, some are intact full plastic skeletons. My kids love them both.
A few years ago, my family had the chance to stay at Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, WI. It was very fun for a family getaway. What does that have to do with Nerf Laser Tag Guns? Well, as part of our resort package, we had access to unlimited laser tag. I know, unheard of! Well, we had so much fun playing laser tag as a family, that we asked both set of grandparents to gift us laser tag guns for Christmas that year. We have eight so that our whole family can play. These have been so much fun and they regularly come out when we have friends over. They can be used inside or outside. The only downside is that they require a lot of batteries. But, they aren’t every day kind of toys, so the batteries really don’t have to be replaced all that often.
It appears that these may not be available anymore, but there are other options available of course. These are very well reviewed and you get four in a set. I don’t have any experience with this brand, but wanted to give you an option that is available for purchase.
I love when my kids create. Some are more creative by nature. They all enjoyed Crayola’s air dry clay. I loved that I got to stay hands off. It does take several hours to dry, but when it is dry, it is paintable. This is a great gift for artistic kids.
We have five of these in our house. Each of my kids have enjoyed having their own storage clipboard, but, my youngest three have especially loved them. They come in a variety of color options. And, they are perfect for holding papers and coloring/drawing utensils. My kids take them in the van, to siblings sporting events and concerts, and use them in the living room and rec room for their obsessions with drawing and coloring.
We have owned this joke book and knock knock joke book for several years. They continue to bring us giggles. Some are just really bad “dad jokes,” but my kids still snicker. It is especially a hoot when my littlest boys memorize and tell the jokes.
Three of my kids have loved these dual tip marker pens so much that when they run out, as art supplies do, they have used their own money to buy more. They love the brush end and the fact that the colors are so vibrant. Plus, they come with a massive number of colors.
Geared to ages 6 and up, these are fabulous for storing in your vehicles for times of waiting, siblings events, or waiting at restaurants. They fold up wonderfully in the case that is also the game board. Below are two examples that we own and love.
These get played with even more than lego sets do at our house. The sets like this come with books that allow for many different objects to be built with the pieces included. This box, which we own, comes with instructions to build 35 different objects. Obviously, one project is disassembled before constructing another project. They are much more affordable than legos and the kids love that they can build so many different objects.
This is a more expensive gift, but there are a variety of sets at different price points. All of my kids have enjoyed working on snap circuits. They can build hundreds of different projects from each set. Snap Circuits are fabulous for teaching the discipline of following directions and provide a basic understanding of circuits. My kids love when the helicopter flies into the air and when the siren wails.