Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Myth: There aren’t many activities that 6-12 year-olds would enjoy instead of sitting in front of a TV or computer screen.

Young boy riding a bike
Answer: BUSTED!

With National Screen-Free Week coming up on May 5-11, you will want to have some ideas for your 6-12 year old as alternatives to watching TV or sitting in front of a computer screen. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Play hide-and-seek indoors or outside.
  • Play flashlight tag in the dark.
  • Stand on one foot, keeping a balloon in the air using your hands and other foot.
  • Play board games.
  • Get involved in crafts.
  • Write a play for the family to act out.

Find more 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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