INSIDE: How to host a fun kids play date at your house. No-screen activities and games for boys for play, birthday parties and sleepovers.
As much as my boys love going over to a friend’s house, they totally love having buddies over. But as the mama overseeing these play dates, nothing makes me more nutty than when a group of kids, half of which are not mine, tell me they “are bored”. 🙄
I now encourage my kids to have a plan before a friend comes over to play. And since we limit screen time, sometimes having a crafty kit to pull out of the closet helps to focus all that excited energy.
So keep play dates sane and manageable! Here are 10 awesome NO SCREEN activities for boys when the phrase ‘Can I have a friend over?‘ is posed.
Have the Best No Screen Play Dates for Boys
As the mom hosting playtime with friends, any activity that keeps the kids’ energy focused and contained is a successful play date in my book!
Want pretty craft kits? 10 awesomely fun keep busy activities and ideas for elementary and middle school girls.
3D Art Coloring Puzzle
It’s a puzzle and a coloring sheet in one 3D building model!
DIY Paper Flying Dragons
Learn interesting dragon facts while crafting your own 3D paper dragons.
Catapult Building Kit
Anything that can launch itself in the air is a winner with my boys!
Cobra Wrist Band Kit
Who wouldn’t look cool with these DIY bands on their wrists?
Rock Painting Kit
Send the kids outside to find a bunch of large rocks to paint and decorate.
10 Fun No Screen Activities for Boys Play Dates
LEGO Gadget Builder
Make your LEGO do stuff like move and launch with a fun gadget building kit!
Disgusting Science Experiments
Who doesn’t love a good gross science project?!
Solar Robot Building Kit
Send the kids outside to work on this DIY solar robot.
Volcanic Eruption Science Kit
Who wouldn’t love to make an explosion? Great way to send the kids outside!
Engineering Building Set
Keep the kids busy with this 160+ piece building set. Great for STEM and future engineers!
No more dreading the home play date. When in doubt, pull out a craft kit and encourage non-screen time creativity!
For More Kid-Friendly Ideas:
- NO GLUE! DIY clay slime for kids recipe
- Turn a metal serving tray into a wall-mounted magnet board
- Kids stacking toy turned into a fun playroom mobile
- (Clean) paint can lids become DIY superhero wall emblems
- DIY fence-mounted outdoor chalkboards for kids
- Old hot dog bun tray becomes Family Words of the Year sign
- Turn an empty closet into a kids reading nook