Technology plays a vital role in our daily lives. We use it for banking, communicating, learning and even for our entertainment. It is a magical thing really that opens doors, enhances experiences and makes almost anything possible with the right searches! There is no denying that we all love technology, but if your family is anything like mine, you also love a break from all things tech sometimes too!
I am sure you have seen the popular meme on facebook about having a childhood before technology took over. No doubt, some of my best memories are devoid of phones, tablets, smart watches and GPS systems. As a parent, I want my kids to have that experience too! That is why I have compiled this super fun list of Screen-Free Fun Letter Learning Activities. This list is packed full of fun ways to learn without a trace of technology involved, although, you may want to capture the fun in a photo, with no judgments!
Screen-Free Learning Activities
Life is An Adventure
With screen time being a very real part of our lives, it is easy to take for granted the everyday, ordinary things. Head out into your neighborhood and explore nature. If the kids are learning to read, searching for letters on street signs is a fun way to have a scavenger hunt. As the kids master their letter recognition skills, challenge them to find letters in unconventional places. Or to navigate directions, such as east and west, without the use of Google Maps by reading street signs. These are simple ways to have fun with letters!
Have Fun with Letters
In the book, Fun with Letters you will find nearly 500 pages of printables, coloring pages, handwriting sheets, book recommendations, crafts and activities to help your kids get ready for kindergarten while having a ton of fun in the process. This is such a great resource for parents! Grab your copy and start exploring the alphabet without ever turning on a screen!
Make DIY Puzzles
You can simply glue a picture onto craft sticks and carefully cut the sticks apart for an easy DIY puzzle. You could make one for each letter of the alphabet to make learning the ABC's a hands on, screen free experience. As your child learns to write the letters, you can work on making your puzzle double sided. Have your child write each letter in an upper and lower case form, on the backside of the original puzzle for an additional challenge!
With some very basic supplies and an idea, you can create some amazing things with the kids! An invitation to create is a great way to learn! Kids can experiment with ideas and materials to create a work of art worthy of the displaying on the fridge. The Fun with Letters book is a great resource for finding letter themed crafts and activities to enhance your abc activities!
Learning at Your Feet
Grab some sidewalk chalk and practice writing the abc's, Draw alphabet themed pictures to create a story packed with letter learning fun. An abc hopscotch square is always a fun way to make learning an active affair!
Turn to Nature
A pile of rocks, or a handful of dandelions are fairly common sights to find outdoors. They can easily become an exciting tool for learning letters without a screen. Position a few pine cones or sticks to form a letter, then ask your child to identify it, and recreate it. Then see how many letters of the alphabet you can create together with the things you find outdoors.
Not only is reduced screen time a developmental win for your child, it is also a really fun way to connect and talk with them. Enjoy your screen-free adventure. And don’t forget to grab Fun with Letters for your child