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Unplugged Fun: 8 Sensory Activities for Kids

Engage with your kids in meaningful ways with these sensory activities.

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It’s tempting for everyone in the family to turn to screens to pass the time when boredom knocks. Quality time with your family doesn’t have to involve elaborate activities or expensive gadgets. However, with a little creativity and a handful of household items, you can transform an ordinary day into an exciting adventure.  

Here are a range of simple sensory activities that will keep your kids engaged and entertained, without relying on screens giving opportunity to engage with your kids in meaningful ways: 

1. Create an Indoor Carnival 

Gather some common household items such as balloons, plastic cups, masking tape, a laundry basket, and paper plates. Challenge your kids to design their own carnival games using these materials. The possibilities are endless! Balloon tennis, balloon basketball, masking tape “laser” maze, and hopscotch are just a few examples of games they can create. Encourage them to use their imagination and resourcefulness.  

2. Build a Fort 

Turn your living room into a magical hideaway using blankets, pillows, cushions, and any other soft materials you can find. Let your kids’ creativity guide the design of their fort. They can create tunnels, secret passages, and cozy reading nooks. Once the fort is complete, bring in a flashlight and a favorite book to enjoy some storytelling. 

3. Try a New Recipe 

Transform your kitchen into a culinary adventure by searching the internet or a cookbook for a new recipe. Involve everyone in the family in the process of preparing the food, from gathering ingredients to chopping, stirring, and baking. This collaborative effort will not only create a delicious meal or dessert but also provide an opportunity for quality family time and a sensory experience. 

When it’s time to taste test, pause and pray together thanking God for the food and quality time he’s given your family to share! As you savor the fruits of your labor, discuss the flavors and textures of the new recipe together. Encourage your children to express their opinions and preferences, fostering their sense of taste and culinary curiosity. 

You can shake up your movie night with a food pairing! Now is your chance to watch The Parent Trap with peanut butter and Oreos. Check out these 15 Movies and Their Perfect Food Pairings

4. Have a Dance Party 

When the rain is pouring outside, bring the energy indoors by hosting a lively dance party. Turn down the lights, turn up the music, and let everyone choose their favorite songs or genres. Transform your living room into a makeshift dance floor and encourage creative dance moves. Try this kid-approved playlist from kidVenture Island with over 2 hours of high energy music! 

To make the occasion even more festive, have everyone "dress up" according to their preferred dance styles or themes. Whether it's a disco extravaganza or a hip-hop showdown, this activity will get everyone moving and grooving while releasing pent-up energy. 

5. Have a Game Night 

Dust off those board games and card decks and gather the family for an evening of friendly competition. Set the stage by preparing some delicious snacks to enjoy during the games.  

For an exciting twist, encourage someone in the family to create their own rules or modify existing games. This will add an element of surprise and novelty to the experience. Remember, the focus is not solely on winning but on fostering positive interactions, building sportsmanship, and creating lasting memories together. 

6. Have a Scavenger Hunt 

Unleash your children's inner explorers by organizing an indoor scavenger hunt. Create a list of items to be found within your home, making the tasks specific or general. For instance, "Find a toothbrush" or "Find three blue items in the kitchen." Arm your children with the list and watch as they eagerly search every nook and cranny.  

Step into the great outdoors and gather items from God’s creation. Take a moment as a family to thank God for all the pinecones, leaves, sticks, flowers, and rocks you find along the way! 

To add an extra element of excitement, set a time limit, and whoever completes the scavenger hunt first emerges as the victor. This activity promotes observation skills, problem-solving, and a sense of adventure. 

7. Have a Paper Airplane Contest 

Encourage your children to put their STEM skills to the test by designing and constructing their own paper airplanes. Provide them with different types of paper, such as printer paper, construction paper, or origami paper. Encourage experimentation and creativity in their designs. 

 Once the airplanes are ready, hold a contest to see whose creation can fly the farthest or perform the most impressive tricks. This activity not only engages their engineering skills but also brings out their competitive spirit. 

8. Have a Recycling Competition 

Unleash your family's artistic talents by hosting a recycling competition. Encourage everyone to look around the house for items that can be recycled or repurposed, such as cardboard tubes, boxes, plastic bottles, and lids. Collect these materials and provide glue, paint, and other art supplies.  

Challenge your family members to transform these unused items into works of art. Whether it's creating a sculpture, a painting, or a functional object, the possibilities are endless. This activity not only nurtures creativity but also teaches the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling to steward the environment that God gave us! 

By engaging in these sensory activities, you can create a vibrant and enriching environment that fosters imagination, creativity, and family togetherness. So, put away the screens and embark on an unplugged adventure that will bring smiles, laughter, and cherished memories for years to come. 

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