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50 Screen-Free Summer Activities for Kids ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’ฆ

In a culture of junk food and excessive screen time โ€“ we encourage kids to HAVE FUN IN A HEALTHY WAY! We compiled a list of 50 screen-free activities that will spark creativity, inspire learning, promote health, and build happy memories. These are activities that can be done alone or in groups, inside or outside! Let us know your favorite ones!

โ€œPlay is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul.โ€ - Friedrich Froebel

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  1. Play โ€œdentist appointmentโ€ with your toys/dolls

  2. Brush & floss your teeth!

  3. Create a friendship bracelet from string & beads

  4. Read a novel

  5. Coloring book, word search puzzle book

  6. Learn something new in a how-to book

  7. Build a fortress from cardboard boxes

  8. Play fun music & have a dance party

  9. Practice a musical instrument

  10. Write a letter to a relative

  11. Play solitaire with cards

  12. Learn origami with paper

  13. Paint with watercolors

  14. Bake something yummy

  15. Launch paper airplanes


  1. Grow a vegetable or flower garden

  2. Lay in the grass & watch the clouds

  3. Watch a sunrise/sunset

  4. Star gaze at night

  5. Enjoy a bonfire outside

  6. Camp out in your backyard

  7. Create a bouquet of wildflowers

  8. Search for mushrooms & draw a picture of them

  9. Gather nature items & make a collage

  10. Go fishing or swimming

  11. Fly a kite

  12. Teach your pet a new trick

  13. Wash the car

  14. Blow big bubbles with dish soap

  15. Build a tree fort


  1. Play hide & seek with flashlights one evening

  2. Play a board game

  3. Put on a puppet show

  4. Have a tea party

  5. Put on a talent show with your family & friends

  6. Color sidewalks with chalk & invite neighbors to join

  7. Sing karaoke

  8. Build a tall tower from marshmallows & toothpicks

  9. Make a marble rollercoaster

  10. Cook a new recipe with your family


  1. Get your teeth deep cleaned at Sunshine Childrenโ€™s Dentistry

  2. Walk on the beach & search for shark teeth

  3. Paint kindness rocks & hide them around town

  4. Go through your closet & find items to donate locally

  5. Volunteer at a local non-profit

  6. Learn something new at a local museum

  7. Pick up litter around your neighborhood/park/school

  8. Go to the library & pick out a fun book

  9. Play putt-putt golf

  10. Go bowling


To ensure all your childrenโ€™s teeth are ready to SMILE all year long, be sure to visit Sunshine Childrenโ€™s Dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends oral checkups twice annually for children (and adults, too). QUESTIONS? We are a resource to you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about your childโ€™s changing smile. We believe that oral health should be FUN and something to SMILE about! f you ever need to reach us, our number is 910.762.7736.

For more helpful resources and fun activities, be sure to read our other Blog Articles.


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