Lose the Screen With Kid-Friendly Ideas
By Donna Stark
Are you tired of seeing your child's face glued to their screen of choice? Do you even remember the last time you saw their eyes? Whether it be their phone, the television set, or their laptop, it's time to break them free! But how can that be done without opening the gate to a screaming match or lifting the dam to a wall of tears? Well, you do it by offering plenty of other options. Options that are fun and interesting and options that will take their mind off of that darn cartoon they have been watching for hours on end. Need some ideas to get you started? Take a look!
Encourage the Arts
Do you have some art supplies lying around? If so, pull them out, and if not, head to your local arts and craft store to stock up! Kids love to create so grab plenty of paper, glue, paints, markers, canvas, clay, and even glitter (yes ... glitter). Invite them to go to the store with you to really get their interest fired up!
Set Out Some Board Games
The great thing about board games is that your child will be too busy having fun to notice that their brain is being challenged in the process. Board games can help stimulate your child's memory, speed, and thinking skills. Where they see themselves simply beating their siblings at a game (and enjoying that a little too much in your opinion), you can rest in the fact that their brains are being put to work!
Put a Puzzle Together
Like board games, studies have shown that puzzles can help improve cognitive function too! From improved memory to increased problem solving to lower stress levels, you'll be surprised at how many benefits your child will get from completing a puzzle.
There is nothing more satisfying than digging in the ground, and since most children love playing in the dirt, why not encourage your child's green thumb by planting a garden? Your child can choose between flowers, vegetables, or herbs ... the options are endless. And if you don't have the space to build one outside, create your very own indoor garden with potted plants.
Build a Fort
Who said you need a sleepover for permission to build a fort? Grab those blankets, pillows, and clothespins and get ready for a day filled with smiles. Throw in a flashlight, some books, and a couple of snacks and you may have to beg your child to come out for dinner.
Keeping Your Child Busy
Keeping your child away from those screens and busy with productive activities is easier than you think, so try some of the ideas above. You may be surprised by how excited your child will be when you say, "Come here. I have something fun for us to do!"
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