Children’s Activities: Reduce Screen Time
Reducing screen time for children is another way to help prevent childhood obesity. When children spend less time in front of a screen, they learn valuable social skills. They interact with their peers and the adults around them.
It’s important to be a good role model. Participate in children’s activities and games as much as possible. Limit cell phone and computer use.
- Creative Ideas to Reduce Screen Time
- Act out stories or skits: Hand out a variety of costume pieces and have children dress up.
- Get crafty: Provide coloring sheets or make greeting cards for upcoming holidays or birthdays.
- Enlist their help: Involve children in part of meal and snack preparation, as well as clean-up.
- Play music: Have children make up their own dances. Add ribbons and beach balls for more movement.
- Puzzle time: Have easy puzzles available that children can do alone or in pairs.
- Surprise them: Put together a bag or box containing activities that children don’t normally do. This will keep the children busy during times you need to do other tasks.
- Interactive Educational Games
Digital media can support children’s learning when the games are interactive. Interactive games are designed to simultaneously teach and entertain your kids. Although our goal is to reduce screen time, it is important for providers and families to understand which types of digital media sources are beneficial for a child’s cognitive development. Below is a list of interactive nutritional games your kids will enjoy.
Family Child Care Tip:
Reducing Screen Time During Child Care
As a family child care provider your child care environment is unique. The location of your child care may be in a common area used by your family, containing various forms of technology (e.g. TV, computer, etc.). A good way to eliminate screen time in your home is by not making it visible. Try covering your TV and computers with a sheet or blanket.
How to Reduce Screen Time at Home
Parents should set a good example by limiting their own TV viewing, smart phone and video game use.
Track screen time with a scheduling sheet.
Avoid watching TV while eating.