25 Things to Do During Screen-Free Week

Celebrated May 2-8, Screen-Free Week reminds us to step away from the screens to do other things.

By By Laura Miller, publisher of Macaroni KID Appleton-Waupaca-Oshkosh, Wisc. May 6, 2022

Feel like your family spends too much time in front of screens?

Take part in Screen-Free Week May 2-8, 2022!  

Screen-Free Week is a chance to break from digital entertainment, spend more time with family and friends, get outdoors, and be more active and creative.  Sometimes it's easy to forget that there are other things to do besides spend time with our devices, so screen-free week reminds us to step away from our screens to do other things.

Here are 25 ideas to get you started finding things to do without your devices:

1. Take a walk/hike

2. Read a book   Enter here for a Screen-Free book giveaway.

3. Learn how to juggle

4. Start a knitting or crocheting project

5. Paint a picture

6. Plant a garden

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7. Cook something new

8. Teach your kids how to do practical household chores, like the laundry

9. Practice your handwriting

10. Try a new sport

11. See how many Little Free Libraries you can find in your town

12. Have a picnic

13. Clean out your closets and dressers

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14. Plan and then take a long bike ride (pack a lunch too!)

15. Make your own musical instruments

16. Teach someone else how to do something cool you can do

17. Host a neighborhood bike or road race

18. Ask an adult about yard games they played when they were kids, and then try them

19. Make slime... try this recipe!

20. Help someone in need

21. Weed a garden/flower bed

22. Organize a room in your house

23. Ask a neighbor or family member if you can help them with yard work

24. Print and do one (or all 3!) of our free scavenger hunts

25. Play a board game with your family or friends

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