We live in a world saturated with technology. There’s an endless supply of apps, games and devices that can keep your child engaged all day.
But studies have proven that screen time affects kids, oftentimes in ways that are detrimental if not properly monitored.
Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives for entertaining your little ones without an electronic device! Let’s take a look at a few.
Take a walk.
Walking is healthy for adults and kids alike. Walking gives you the opportunity to connect with your child away from the noise of the home. For large families, take each child out individually to strengthen your connection.
Explore new places.
There’s always somewhere new to explore or something new you can learn. Taking the time to explore with your child will definitely open your eyes to a new way of viewing the world. Check out these great tips for maximizing an exploration trip with your little ones.
Check out the local library.
You have the benefit of free books and, quite often, libraries have great family-friendly activities that keep kids moving and engage creativity. Find your local library (or your favorite local library if you are in a major city) and take a trip today.
Play a board game or two.
Invest in a few fun family board games that everyone will enjoy playing. You may just find that you have more fun than your kids do. Plus, you both get the added benefit of stepping away from the busyness of the day to laugh and enjoy each other’s company.
Learn a new skill.
Learning a new skill helps your child get out of his or her comfort zone and engage with the world in a new way. Not sure where to start? Perhaps start with a basic life skill that your child hasn’t tried (or mastered) yet. Children thrive when they try something and master it.
We know this is a tough one for some parents, but start with something basic. Check out these great recipes, complete with demonstration videos. Not only do they gain a skill, but you also gain a helper. Make it a one-on-one activity in a home with multiple children for added bonding time.
Mindfulness practices are a great way to help your child relax and unwind. Relaxation is key to healthy brain development and greatly reduces stress. We live in a busy world. Kids and adults alike need to take the time each day to relax.
In a technology-saturated world, take some time to unplug and spend quality time with your kids. You will be surprised by the rewards of replacing screen time with face time.
If you’d like to keep your child entertained while providing him or her with a STEM-focused, hands-on learning opportunity, get in touch with the Little Medical School of Manhattan today!
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