Screen Time Unplugged: 10 Engaging Alternatives for Preschool Play and Learning

Jan 22, 2024

In today's digital age, it's essential to balance screen time with other enriching activities. If you're seeking alternatives to keep your preschooler engaged, entertained, and learning without screens, you're in for a treat.

  1. Sensory Play Sensations

Create sensory bins filled with items like rice, beans, and water. Your child will explore textures, colors, and more.

  1. Messy Play Magic

Engage in messy play with finger paints, playdough, and slime. It's not only fun but also supports fine motor skills.

  1. Nature Scavenger Hunts

Head outdoors and embark on nature scavenger hunts. Your child will learn about the environment while having a blast.

  1. Kitchen Scientist Adventures

Experiment with simple kitchen science projects. Baking soda and vinegar volcanoes, anyone?

  1. Storytime Spectacular

Read together, and then act out the story using puppets or costumes. This enhances comprehension and imagination.

  1. Build It Big with Blocks

Whether with wooden blocks or cardboard boxes, building structures fosters creativity and spatial awareness.

  1. Music and Dance Parties

Turn up the tunes and have dance parties! Music promotes coordination, rhythm, and emotional expression.

  1. Creative Craft Corner

Provide art supplies and let your child's imagination run wild. Crafts enhance fine motor skills and artistic exploration.

  1. Pretend Play Galore

Set up a pretend play station – a restaurant, a doctor's office, or a space station. Pretend play develops social skills and creativity.

  1. Science Exploration Stations

Create themed exploration stations with magnifying glasses, magnets, and simple science experiments.

Unplugging from screens doesn't mean sacrificing fun and learning. With these engaging alternatives, your preschooler will thrive while experiencing the wonders of hands-on exploration.


Christakis, D. A., & Garrison, M. M. (2013). Preschool-aged children’s television viewing in child care settings. Pediatrics, 132(5), 1044-1050.

Council on Communications and Media. (2016). Media use in school-aged children and adolescents. Pediatrics, 138(5), e20162592.