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Starting July 1st I’m hosting an online, international summer camp called Art Spark. I’ll guide you through four weeks of beautiful and fun art projects that you can enjoy with your children, wherever you’re spending the summer. At home, in the forest, at the beach… these process art projects will give you an interesting framework of activities that you can weave into your summer, so your children are engaged, creating and enjoying themselves throughout the season.
The projects include painting, printing, and sculpture, along with science, sensory and messy play, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
I’ll guide you through the four week programme, so everything is carefully thought out for you, with each week building on the others. You can pick as few or as many projects to try each week, so the summer camp fits perfectly around your other holiday plans. See more details here
Screen Free Week ideas
Just as a healthy diet can certainly include cake, so a balanced childhood can include screen time. Family movie nights, skyping with Grandma and typing stories on the laptop are all great fun. It’s just there are so many other fun thing to do if you step away from a screen.
If you’d like to spend a little more time with the kids, and without a screen, whether for an hour, a day or the whole week, here are 100 fun kids activities you could try.
Click each idea to see the full details.
And you can print off the list at the bottom so you really can log off and go play.
Step away from the screen and play
1.With shadow puppets 2. In the jungle 3. With chickens 4. Under the sea 5. In space 6. With water beads 7. In a bath of jelly 8. On a building site 9. Camping 10. Yoga 11. Dressing up 12. Pirates 13. With potatoes 14. Dinosaurs 15. With homemade play dough 16. With toothpicks 17. Washing up 18. With salt dough 19. Mad hatters 20. With your feet
Step away from the screen and cook
21. Jam 22. Bunny rabbits 23. Lovehearts 24. Marshmallow lollipops 25. Child-made soup 26. Chop chop salad 27. A snowman 28. Homemade cornettos 29. Welsh cakes 30. Maths cocktails 31. Eggs 32. The alphabet 33. Snowflakes 34. Cookies 35. A rainbow 36. A gingerbread man 37. A gingerbread house 38. Mini meringues 39. A car 40. Ice cream play dough
Step away from the screen and make
41. Caterpillars 42. Butterflies 43. A robot 44. A town 45. A playground 46. A marble run 47. An incy, wincy book 48. A superhero peg doll 49. Your own doll 50. A meadow 51. A horse riding stables 52. Chocolate play dough 53. A weather station 54. Beautiful candle holders 55. Rockets 56. A boat 57. A dinosaur land 58. A den 59. Story stones 60. A comic
Step away from the screen and be arty
61. Try blow art 62. Set up a painting station 63. Decorate flower pots 64. Explore symmetry 65. Reverse print 66. Make a roly poly painting 67. Try contact paper art 68. Use oil pastels 69. Print with flowers 70. Go big! 71. Paint with marbles 72. Create a self portrait 73. Make a marvellous hat 74. Thread an art bag 75. Try old materials new ways 76. Make a store cupboard collage 77. Spin! 78. Try waterpainting 79. Paint outside 80. With cotton buds
Step away from the screen and play outdoors
81. Make tree gargoyles 82. Make mud pies 83. Plant a tree 84. Create cement art 85. With worms 86. With bugs 87. Go on a treasure hunt 88. Play in a rock pool 89. Create a fairy garden 90. Make a miniature garden 91. Grow some seeds 92. Start a garden journal 93. Plant sunflowers 94. In a story tent 95. Build a sandcastle 96. Make a bird cafe 97. Wear woodland jewellery 98. Hand print a sunflower 99. Race snails 100. Hunt mini beasts
Print the list, log off, go play!
Printable screen-free week kids activities
Ready for a whole year of exploring through the senses? Super Sensory Invitations to Play is a delightful resource that encourages your children to explore the five senses through the year, using a wide variety of sensory materials. It includes 52 invitations to play, linked to the festivals and seasons of the year, and including water, ice, dough, rice, paints, sand, sensory tubs, and more.
They are easy, simple, and fun ideas that you can use right now to give a multi-sensory boost to your play and learning. It comes with a printable recipe book featuring all our favourite recipes for play. Come and see more here.