Research has shown that kids are negatively impacted by screens in a variety of ways.
- It hinders young children's ability to read faces and develop social skills.1
- It is associated with bad habits including eating more fast food, consuming fewer fruits and vegetables.2
- It makes kids get less sleep and exercise.
- It harms a kid's language development.3
- It causes dryness in the eyes and also nearsightedness.4
Ways To Provide Screen-Free Fun
Due to increasing ocular and developmental disorders due to screen time it is essential for parents to provide alternative fun to kids. Here are some ways to help you with that;
Rubik's cube is a dose of intelligence to your kids. Involve them in playing with that by making them compete with each other and with little prizes for them if they win. It will excite them more to play with it again.
Kids love going outside. Increasing their outdoor activities will reduce their screen time as they will get tired and prefer resting instead of using screens. These outdoor activities include;
Coloring the objects is always a mesmerizing thing to kids. They love painting walls, toys, books etc. adding it into their daily activities is better than using a screen regularly. These activities include;
- Coloring Books
- Making DIY Toys
- Craft making
Playing with mud and seeds is a cool thing for kids. In their young age they always want to try new things. Planting new trees is beneficial for the environment and a distraction from screens. So make kids sew the seeds and teach them to take care of it everyday. Through this they can also learn about personal hygiene as they will always wash hands after this activity.
Playing with water is fun. But you can make it much more by adding colors to the pools. It will make the kids enjoy it more as compared to boring showers. Provide them swimming pools and bathing toys to spend more time playing in water. But be careful with not wasting water.
There are several poems for kids. Just play them and make them dance on it. It will make them feel joyous as well as their physical health will improve. This activity will make them learn more moves. You can also make them learn many new things including alphabets with poems.
Musical toys are another option to make them stay away from screens. Make them learn how to play it. Provide them classes for this. They can learn different rhythms and tones. They can even learn difficult spells with music.
Both academics and professionals agree that musical activities support a variety of language development processes. Language development is aided by chanting as well as rhythmic speech, singing, and listening.5
Making characters with playing dough like dinosaurs, dolls, balls and houses is a fun activity. Kids learn a lot with it and their creative thinking improves. On the other hand slime is an ooey gooey thing to play. It provides hours of enjoyment to kids and they spend less time on screens.
Nickelodeon's iconic green slime was launched into space this summer for a series of NASA experiments. Astronauts will test how slime behaves in microgravity.6
Joining puzzles is a suspenseful game. It refines motor skills as well as spatial awareness. If it involves more than one player it also improves the social skills of kids.
Study of puzzles is called enigmatology.
Kitchen sets, car racing kits, make up sets and kids clinic sets are the kids lovables. These toys increase their imaginary skills and make them indulge in them for a long time without getting bored.
When kids are habitual to something it's quite tricky to make them stay away from it. So before your kids are addicted to screens and bear harmful consequences it is necessary to provide them with such activities that are way more attractive than screens.