Screen-Free Activities for kids and parents
As you know, this school year we decided to dedicate health-related activities to eye hygiene and mobile device usage.
There is no doubt that mobile devices help us to study, entertain ourselves. But there is a necessity to limit the screen time and find some activities that would help to switch off your attention from the screen and let your brain and eyes rest.
I prepared a list of the screen-free activities and in case you are interested, feel free to apply them in your daily life.
|before 3 years old
|from 3 to 6 years old
|from 6 to 9 years old
|Work with classroom teachers and students to track screen time for a week, and set individualized goals to decrease it
|Celebrate Screen-Free Week to limit screen time and promote physical activity at school and at home
|Work with teachers to pass out pledge cards, physical activity logs and other resources to help students set goals and track activities during the week
|When the week is over, congratulate students by passing out certificates of achievement. Perhaps the class with the highest participation earns an extra recess!
|Screen time chart
|Listen to an audiobook
|Make an obstacle course in your hall with yarn and tape
|Make a scene in a cardboard box of the ocean, or a jungle
|Play with sensory bags or boxes
|Make a curving line of dominoes and knock the first one so they fall down in a row
|Draw a picture of a desert island with all the things you would want on it
|Play with playdoh or clay.
|Paint sea shells or rocks
|Write down ten things you love about each person in your family to surprise them
|Make a spiderweb in a doorway with painters tape and throw scrunched up newspaper balls at it to see how many you can catch.
|Draw your own puzzle on poster board, color it and cut out the pieces
|Plant some seeds -this could be as a part of our project on food waste and gardnening
|I Spy – Describe something in the house so the other players can guess what it is
|Alphabet Game – Name animals, foods or athletes starting with the letter A, then B and so on
|Interqctive game using screen
|Amaizing food detective
|Healthy food game