Technology is kind of a blessing and a curse when it comes to parenting.
Sure, in some ways it’s made a lot of things easier – whether that’s homeschooling via Zoom, finding parenting hacks via the Internet or just having an easy form of entertainment through YouTube.
But any parent who has had to wrestle a device off a Fortnite, Minecraft or TikTok-addicted child knows that screens have their fair share of downsides, too.
If you’re looking for a way to keep your child busy and happy without relying on screens, don’t stress, because it is possible!
We’ve rounded up our top toys, games and activities for primary-aged kids that will boost creativity and give their minds a workout whilst keeping them happy for hours on end – all without a single screen in sight. They’re perfect for gifts, or just for a treat.
Want more toys for kids? We’ve got the best educational toys that will teach your kids while you work, plus active toys for kids who need to burn extra energy.
4M Buzz Wire Making Kit and 4M Motorised Robot Head. Images: Toy Galaxy.
4M Buzz Wire Making Kit
Got a crafty kid? They’ll love the fun of putting together their own buzz wire toy from scratch. Get it here for $21.95 (down from $26.95).
4M Motorised Robot Head
This funny looking motorised toy has the added benefit of encouraging kids’ interest in STEM. Get it here for $29.95 (down from $34.95).
Perplexus and Dungeons and Dragons Starter Box. Images: Toy Universe and Booktopia.
Perplexus Rebel Game
Need a few hours of hush? The Perplexus is a 3D maze that’ll keep kids of any age (and parents too!) entertained for hours. Get it here for $29.99 (down from $34.99).
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Box
Ages 5+ with parental guidance, according to reviewers
D&D is a classic role-play fantasy game that will encourage their imagination, plus it’s a great one for them to play with friends. Get the starter set here for $32.35 (down from $38.99).
Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection and Regents Quoits Set. Images: Catch.
Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection
You can’t go wrong with colouring in! Not only is it a fun way to spark creativity, it can also help kids destress and relax. Get it here for $29.99.
Regent Official Quoits Set
For kids, quoits is a fun way to enhance gross motor skills. And it’s one the whole family can get involved in! Get it here for $29.99.
KiwiCo subscription activity boxes. Image: KiwiCo.
Boxes to suit all ages
Want something that kids won’t get bored of after five minutes? KiwiCo will send kids a monthly box full of fun (and educational) toys and activities that will keep them busy.
From arts and crafts to STEM and design, there are boxes to suit every kiddie. Check them out here from $28.95, or buy a gift card here.
The Ultimate Classic Family Game Collection and Hey Clay Dinos. Images: Fat Brain Toys.
The Ultimate Classic Family Game Collection
Keep it simple with this collection of classics that includes Chess, Checkers, Snakes and Ladders, and many more – all neatly packaged in the one box for easy cleanup. Get it here for $29.95.
Hey Clay Dinos
Keep their hands and minds busy with this set featuring 18 cans of quality clay they can shape by following instructions or going off-book and getting creative! Get it here for $16.95.
Worm Farm and LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Pirate Ship. Images: Fat Brain Toys and LEGO.
For kids fascinated by the outside world, help them get up close and personal with the living creatures in their own backyards with this worm habitat. Get it here for $19.95.
LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Pirate Ship
Who doesn’t love LEGO? There’ll be no boredom with this set, because they can break it down and reconstruct it in three different models – a Pirate Ship, Pirate’s Inn, or Skull Island. Get it here for $159.99.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Puzzle and ThinkFun Escape Room. Images: Dymocks.
Harry Potter Hogwarts 1000-piece Puzzle
Ages 10+ (or younger with parental help)
Puzzles provide hours of entertainment, and this one is perfect for lovers of the Harry Potter series. Get it here for $32.99.
ThinkFun Escape Room: Stargazer’s Manor
Perfect for sleepovers, parties, or just at-home family fun, this DIY Escape Room will provide excitement for everyone whilst challenging logic and problem solving skills. Get it here for $44.99.
Avocado Smash! and Bananagrams. Images: Dymocks.
Avocado Smash! Card Game
A fun twist on the classic game of Snap, this card game is simple to learn and quick to play – perfect for kids with a shorter attention span. Get it here for $14.99.
Bananagrams is the ultimate portable game, ideal for taking on family holidays for a bit of entertainment! It’s like a speedier game of Scrabble, and kids will love flexing their literacy skills. Get it here for $32.99.
Ditch the screens for a change! Image: iStock.