Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Myth: There aren’t many activities my young child would enjoy instead of sitting in front of a TV or computer screen.

Young girl dancing with maracas
Answer: BUSTED!

With National Screen-Free Week coming up May 5-11, 2014, you will want to have some ideas for your young child as alternatives to watching TV or sitting in front of a computer screen. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Start a parade with musical instruments.
  • Play with bowls, cups and spoons on a protected surface.
  • Tend to a family garden or indoor plant container.
  • Dance and sing to music.
  • Enroll your child in the local public library’s Summer Library Reading Program.
  • Take a walk and clean up litter or collect nature souvenirs (sticks, leaves, rocks, etc).

Find more fun ideas for everyone in the family at Play More, Watch Less.

Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension,, 573-882-1933

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