I'd like toy/activity suggestions for my almost 8 year old boy. Something that he can do by himself when we or his brothers aren't able to interact with him.The restrictions:
-preferably no plastic
-no screen involvement
-should involve solo play (we play tons of games as a family)
I always feel like this kid is bored if he is not allowed to be on a screen. We only allow screen time on the weekends and on long car rides.
I'm already considering doing a full screen detox until he can find his "play" again!
We have legos, zoob, science kits, art materials galore, jigsaw and logic puzzles, books (he is not a fluent reader yet) that are age appropriate for him. We also have schleich figures and castle, playsilks and playstand, and lots of dress up items. That's all I can think of for now.
Would you trust him with a knife? Most kids that age would probably love to get a pocket knife and use it for whittling. Or how about clay? Sewing or knitting? Or a small pet like a mouse that he could take out and handle?
Also builds with straw connectors or crazy forts, but both are plastic. Also likes planks, not sure what they are really called, but they are wood planks that you build with. Now that I think of most independent play that my son does is build things
I would encourage making things. Pipe cleaners and googly eyes and tacky glue and a few old shoeboxes. He could make some pet rocks and then build houses for them out of cardboard. DD has been making little pet rock houses for several years and she just made a bunch of pipe cleaner people as well, they are adorable and hilarious.
Now this Spirograph Deluxe Design Set is really fun! I've had Juniper thoroughly enjoying herself using it. It's so easy, and you can get him to colour in the designs like Juniper does whose pictures end up stuck on our fridge. Nothing like showing off her artwork!