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Screen-free activities for children

Here's a list of books that offer inspiration for long days at home (and/or out and about) with children. 

How to Entertain, Distract, and Unplug Your Kids: Tricks, Tools, and Spontaneous Screen-Free Activities by Matthew Jervis
Though an ebook, this title promises to equip busy-parents with engaging  activities and projects sure to pull children off of their devices. This book offers a good mix of candid (& comical) narrative along with interesting ideas; from the backyard, to the kitchen, in the car, and everywhere in between, this book is full of inspiration. Accessible via

Low-mess crafts for kids: 72 projects to create your own magical worlds by Debbie Chapman
This book offers whimsical and low-mess activities sure to channel the inner-creative. There are step-by-step photos to walk readers through creating these simple yet quite interesting crafts and projects. 

Play the Forest School Way: woodland games, crafts and skills for adventurous kids by Peter Houghton & Jane Worroll
This book provides nature-based activities that develop confidence and self-esteem. These games, crafts, and skill-building activities are accompanied with simple instructions.  

The grown-up's guide to making art with kids: 25+ fun and easy projects to inspire you and the little ones in your life by Lee Foster-Wilson
This book is packed with hours worth of crafts, projects, and creative prompts. Children are sure to leave their devices behind once engaged with these creative and family-bonding activities.

Unplugged play. Grade school : 216 activities & games for ages 6-10 by Bobbi Conner
This book provides over 200 screen-free activities for children to explore. These indoor and outdoor creative games, music and art-inspired activities should pull little ones' attention away from technology in no time. 

Also check out: Unplugged play. Preschool : 233 activities & games for ages 3-5 by Bobbi Conner and Unplugged play. Toddler : 155 activities & games for ages 1-2  by Bobbi Conner

Wild + free handcrafts : 32 activities to build confidence, creativity, and skill by Ainsley Arment
This book offers step-by-step hands-on activities to engage children during screen-free time. These activities stimulate imagination and creativity.  

Slime 101 by Natalie Wright
Recommended for ages 7-12. This book offers simple instructions for making various types of slime, to include helpful pictures. 
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You might also like: 101 Kids activities that are the ooey, gooey-est ever! : nonstop fun with DIY slimes, doughs and moldables  by Jamie Harrington, Brittanie Pyper and Holly Homer