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5 Ways to Keep Your Child Entertained – Without Television

Keep Your Child EntertainedNot too long ago, we wrote an article about reducing or eliminating your elementary age child’s screentime. After all, if Steve Jobs limited his children’s use of technology, why shouldn’t the rest of us?

While there are many benefits to little or no screen time during the week (no addictive games, no “zoning out,” proper bedtimes in force, to name just a few) it can also be hard to keep children entertained throughout winter without using TV or the iPad as a crutch. We understand! That is why we are providing five ways for you to help your child limit screentime – and still have fun during winter.

1. Cut down on screentime yourself. You can lead by example! Set aside your phone when you are having dinner. Play a board game with your child and have your phone in a different room – with the ringer off. It can be refreshing to go without screentime for an hour or so and enjoy one-on-one time with your child.

2. Give them something else to play with. You can’t take away the iPad or Xbox and then not provide anything for entertainment. When your child’s homework is done, give them a puzzle to complete or a card game to play. If they have siblings, bring out Scrabble, Uno, or Monopoly. Make sure you join in the fun once in awhile yourself!

3. Find alternative activities. Enroll your child in an after-school activity like dance class, ice skating, ice hockey, art, or another class in your neighborhood. There are many fun things a child can do indoors that doesn’t send them outside in the cold or damp.

4. Ask them to help you cook dinner. Food doesn’t magically appear on your table, so ask your child to help you put it there. Depending on your child’s age, he or she may be able to help you make a salad or even cook some veggies. Learning how to cook at a young age can only help prepare your child for the future.

5. Help them find the perfect book. Reading is not only an important skill to have, it’s fun! Take your child to the library and show them how to locate the book they want. Get them a library card and ask them to remind you to return it before the due date. This not only gives them incentive to read the book – it helps your child learn responsibility.

It wasn’t all that long ago that children only had one screen – the TV – to contend with. That device is hard enough not to lean on to distract your child. Instead of allowing him or her to become inundated with images, try these simple, pre-iPad solutions to staying as screen-free as possible throughout the week.

For more information on how the students of Delphi stay screen free throughout the week, contact us today!

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