5 Easy and Engaging Activities to Reduce Your Child’s Screen Time

April 06, 2018

Our society is getting more and more digital by the second. There are apps for everything you can imagine these days. Your child is growing up surrounded by smartphones, tablets, computers, and televisions. Technology is the norm for your child. This comes with both entertainment and educational benefits.

However, screen time must be given in moderation. If your child spends too much time with devices, his or her development may be negatively impacted. Excessive time with smartphones and tablets may result in attention deficit disorder (ADD), mood swings, and emotional impairment. During the first few years of your child’s life, he or she needs to learn valuable lessons about human interaction. Therefore, face-to-face communication with you is crucial to building social and language skills.

As a busy parent, you may rely on screens a lot to entertain or educate your child. However, there are plenty of easy ways to engage your little one without devices. Here are some of the best activities for capturing your child’s curiosity without screens.

1. Spark Creativity With Building Toys

Sure, games on the smartphone are fun for your child, but nothing beats some old-school building blocks. Seeing a tower of blocks come to life is a magical experience for every kid. Use Legos, Lincoln Logs, and other building sets to keep your child engaged.

2. Get a Breath of Fresh Air

Spending time outdoors is a great way to help your child’s development. Physical activity is also important for mental health. Take your child outside and encourage him or her to walk, play sports, and exercise in a healthy and fun way.

3. Encourage Imagination With Arts and Crafts

Get the imaginative juices flowing by setting up a box full of fun arts and crafts supplies, such as:

  • Stickers
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Ribbons
  • Beads
  • Crayons

When you encourage your child to create, his or her imagination will run freely without the need for screens.

4. Play Matching Games

Develop your child’s cognitive skills with matching games using pictures, cards, letters, objects, or figurines. Simple flashcards can go a long way to teaching your child about the world!

5. Rotate the Toy Selection

Your child may get bored with toys after a while–this is normal. Rotate his or her toys to prevent boredom and keep things interesting.

These activities will encourage face-to-face communication, concentration, and cognitive development. While smartphones and computers may come in handy, you can use these activities to reduce screen time and help your child develop necessary skills.

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