Whilst tablets, ipads and other gaming devices can be extremely useful and sometimes educational toys to play with – particularly so when you know you’ll have a long wait in the doctor’s office or a long car journey— we all know that children need to have boundaries set on how long they can play with them for.
The easiest way to avoid the temper tantrums and sulks when you ask your child to switch off the device is to have a clear plan of what they should do instead. Here are just a few ideas for encouraging children to put down their electronics and do something else instead…
Create a safe environment outside for them to play in. We know it’s not practical to supervise your children every minute of the day, so if you know that your child can play outside safely while you complete a few chores around the house or yard then everyone is happy.
If you can play outside with them then all the better, take the time to introduce them to classic games that you used to play as a child such as hopscotch or jump rope so they get plenty of exercise as well as fresh air.
Invest in some educational toys such as science toys, models or jigsaw puzzles that can help your child learn whilst they play. Where possible leave them to complete the models and puzzles on their own, only stepping in when they find something difficult, that way they can really revel in their own achievements.
Picking models and puzzles that are based on geography or nature is a fantastic way of expanding their learning world.
Arts and Crafts
Encourage creativity. From simple coloring in for younger children, to painting pictures and writing stories for older children most children love to be creative. Set them a nature project where they have to draw different animals and learn about their lives.
Watch what you throw in the garbage, can that box, carton or tube be used for a fun craft project? Having a large box full of colorful items that would normally be thrown away can help to make great collages or models.