Great Ideas for Screen Free Time with Kids

Great Ideas for Screen Free Time with Kids - playdough recipe

Great ideas to help your kids spend time away from the screen.

It’s safe to say that many of us find the allure of a ‘screen’ all too easy to resist and these days we all need access to technology for work, school and even sporting clubs! As with anything, moderation is the key and we have some great ideas to help you peel the kids away from the screens and get into playing and having fun.

Outdoor Fun

When the weather is great, there’s no better place to be than outdoors. Here’s a few ideas.

Make a flower picture

Make a flower picture – get the kids to hunt around the garden (you’d be surprised what they’ll find) for cute leaves, seed pods and flowers which they can make into a cute flower picture on the ground. This is a great way to get kids to work together on a little creative project and you’ll find it brings out the best in them.

Great Ideas for Screen Free Time with Kids flower picture

Make giant bubbles

We love this one. It is so easy – you just have to play around with the mixture to get it right. See our easy recipe here.

Great Ideas for Screen Free Time with Kids - bubbles

Make like a Ninja warrior and create an obstacle course

Maybe you have a cubby house, balls, trampoline, mud, grass, stepping stones or steps at your place. Whatever you have handy, turn your backyard into an obstacle course and get fit at the same time! Simply map out a path which involves climbing, running jumping, running around posts or clotheslines, crawling, sliding, swinging, shooting hoops and do it to the best of your ability and then get the kids to follow. The kids will have a blast, burn off some energy and you will also have met some of your daily exercise requirements!

Let the kids get messy with soap slime

Making soap slime is a lot of fun and a great sensory activity for kids. This soap slime is made with soap flakes, so at least it’s a clean messy play activity! Get the recipe here.

Great Ideas for Screen Free Time with Kids - Soap slime

Make Gloop

What could be more sensory fun than this! Get the recipe here.


Do a dance-off in the lounge-room with the kids. It burns off a surprising amount of energy and it’s also lots of fun. We love listening to Dance-Off on the Kinderling Kids Radio App as it’s a great mix of music that even adults and older kids can enjoy!

Get the app here.

Great Ideas for Screen Free Time with Kids - Kinderling



Nature Play SA has some great ideas for kids Fun Things to do in Winter and Fun Things to do in Summer

Wild Imagination Nature Play School Holiday

Indoor Fun

Make an indoor cubby.

Kids love doing this! Grab all the blankets, cushions and pillows you can (provided you are happy using them!) and find a cosy corner in the house, ideally next to a stable bookcase or something you can peg blankets onto. Let the kids arrange it using whatever they can find, then once you’ve finished, you can all have a nap together – perfect!

Board Games

It may seem obvious, but board games are the perfect way to spend time with kids inside, particularly as they get older and can play more challenging games. Some of our favourites include: Othello, Monopoly, Uno and Scrabble. Remember there are lots of junior versions of regular board games for the younger kids.

Make salt dough

This is great for a rainy day activity and you can use the recipe for making christmas ornaments and jewellery. See the recipe here.

Great Ideas for Screen Free Time with Kids - Salt Dough Recipe

Make Rainbow Spaghetti Pasta

Looking for an indoor activity that is super easy? Why not make some Rainbow Spaghetti Pasta? It’s inexpensive and good sensory fun. Read how to make it here.

Great Ideas for Screen Free Time with Kids - Rainbow Spaghetti Pasta

Make Play Dough

A favourite with many kids. Find the recipe here

Out & About

Parks & playgrounds

There’s nothing better than watching the kids play happily at the playground.  See our list of Adelaide’s top parks and playgrounds here.


Great Ideas for Screen Free Time with Kids - playgrounds

Playgrounds for Toddler

See our list of Adelaide’s best playgrounds for toddlers here

Dunstone Grove/Linde Reserve Playground Review

Some of our favourite places to go and things to do and see in and around Adelaide:

❤️  Head to the city of Adelaide for a day of adventure. Read about what to see here.

❤️  Head to the hills to Pick your own strawberries – (just remember to check the Beerenberg website to see if the patch is open)

❤️  Visit Carrick Hill and enjoy time spent wandering the gardens and following the story book trail at Carrick Hill. Read our review here

❤️  Stroll the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and let the kids run free!  Read our review here

❤️  The Adelaide Zoo has an amazing array of animals, birds and other creatures in a beautiful setting plus an amazing playground. Read our review here

Great Ideas for Screen Free Time with Kids - Adelaide-Zoo

❤️  Cleland Wildlife Park is the place to go to get up close to animals which the kids love.  Read our review here

❤️  The new Morialta Nature Playground will challenge the kids to explore, climb and crawl. Read about it here

❤️  Kids love exploring the South Australian Museum and climbing the stairs to see the giant squid over 4 levels. Website

SA Museum

Kinderling Kids Radio and Volvo Cars are inviting you and your family to join the annual Kinderling Screen Free Challenge. Find out more here.

Great Ideas for Screen Free Time with Kids


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