As the summer season arrives, it’s important to find a healthy balance between screen time and other activities for our children. Excessive screen time can negatively impact their physical and mental well-being, but with some effective strategies in place, we can ensure a summer filled with a variety of engaging experiences. In this blog post, we’ll explore seven practical ways to manage screen time this summer, fostering a well-rounded and enjoyable season for our kids.
7 Smart Strategies for Managing Screen Time This Summer
1. Establish Clear Guidelines
Set clear boundaries by establishing guidelines for screen time. Determine daily time limits and communicate them to your children. Make sure they understand the expectations and consequences for exceeding the limits. Encourage them to take breaks and engage in other activities throughout the day.
2. Encourage Outdoor Play
Summer offers the perfect opportunity for outdoor adventures and physical activity. Encourage your children to spend time outdoors engaging in sports, exploring nature, riding bikes, or simply playing in the backyard. Outdoor play not only promotes physical health but also stimulates creativity and imagination.
3. Promote Family Activities
Plan regular family activities that don’t involve screens. Organize a family game night, go for a hike, have a picnic, or engage in arts and crafts together. These shared experiences create lasting memories and strengthen family bonds while reducing reliance on screens.
4. Set Screen-Free Zones
Designate certain areas or times in your home as screen-free zones. For example, establish “no screens at the dinner table” or “screen-free hours before bedtime” rules. These dedicated zones provide opportunities for face-to-face interactions and quality time with loved ones.
5. Encourage Alternative Activities
Provide a variety of engaging and stimulating activities that can divert your child’s attention away from screens. Encourage them to read books, engage in arts and crafts, play sports or board games, explore nature, or pursue a new hobby or interest. Having alternative activities readily available can make it easier for children to choose non-screen options.
Check out our Summer Camp Activities Package for ways to keep your kids engaged during the summer.
6. Create a Screen Time Schedule
Create a visual schedule that outlines specific time slots for screen time and non-screen activities. This schedule helps children understand and manage their time effectively. Involve them in the process of creating the schedule, allowing them to have a sense of ownership and responsibility.
7. Be a Role Model
Children learn by observing their parents’ behavior. Be a positive role model by managing your own screen time. Limit your own use of screens and prioritize quality time with your children. Show them the importance of engaging in a range of activities beyond screens.
By implementing these seven effective strategies, you can manage screen time and create a summer filled with diverse experiences and meaningful connections. Encouraging outdoor play, promoting family activities, and nurturing their interests will contribute to their overall development and well-being. Remember, finding a healthy balance is key, and by modeling responsible screen time habits, you can help your children develop lifelong habits of mindful technology use. Let this summer be a time of growth, exploration, and memorable moments that go beyond screens.
Our DIY Summer Camp Package has everything you need to keep your kids off screens, keep them engaged and to create magical memories right in your own home. With 10+ themes, 130+ engaging activities, and valuable tips for a memorable summer, this package is your passport to a season of fun and learning. Let’s dive into the details and discover why our camp package is the must-have resource for your best summer!
- 10+ Weeks of Easy Themed Summer Camp Ideas for Kids 2-6!
- 130+ creative summer activities, crafts, science experiments, sensory play activities and recipes and more.
- Article: “10 Practical Tips for a Memorable Summer with Kids.”
- Article: “Sibling Harmony: 10 Practical Tips for Keeping the Peace and Managing Sibling Conflict”
- Full supply list for each week.
Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!
Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers
There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!
But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.
Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.
Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again!
These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!
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Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more.
Find out more and grab your copy here.
Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.
Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.
- 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
- Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
- Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.
Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!
Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.
TV Show: Curious Crafting
I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.
Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.
In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create.
Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.
This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.