How To Keep Your Children Busy If You Want To Turn Off TV and Spend Time With Them

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American children spend an average of 6 hours, 32 minutes each day watching TV or using other media (including the Internet, videotapes, video games, and radio). That's more time than they devote to any other activity except sleep, according to the AAP. This can lead to childhood obesity and compromised health, because children who watch TV are more likely to be inactive.

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Think about a minimum of 30 minutes you’re kids spend watching television and, for some, several hours per day. What else could they be be doing if you turn off the TV?

In all fairness, TV has its good sides with educational and entertaining programming. But like all good things it should be used in moderation.
It's important for parents to keep tabs on their kids' screen time and set limits to ensure they're not spending too much time in front of a screen.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends these guidelines for screen time:

Babies and toddlers up to 18 months old: No screen time, with the exception of video-chatting with family and friends.

Toddlers 18 months to 24 months: Some screen time with a parent or caregiver.

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Preschoolers: No more than 1 hour a day of educational programming, together with a parent or other caregiver who can help them understand what they're seeing.

Kids and teens 5 to 18 years: Parents should place consistent limits on screen time, which includes TV, social media, and video games. Media should not take the place of getting enough sleep and being physically active.

So if you turn off the TV and limit your kids screen time how do you keep them busy? Here are a few fun ideas.

  1. Go On A Sound Safari
  2. Go To The Library
  3. Go To The Playground
  4. Go To The Pool
  5. Go To The Zoo
  6. Go To The Splash Pad
  7. Have An Art Show
  8. Have a Toy Car Wash
  9. Have An Ice Cream Taste Test
  10. Hunt For Bugs
  11. Hunt For Colors Outside
  12. Make A Bird Bath
  13. Make A Marshmallow Shooter
  14. Make Mud Soup
  15. Make Your Own Obstacle Course
  16. Melt Some Crayons In The Sun
  17. Paint with Water
  18. Play Cards
  19. Play Catch
  20. Play Candyland
  21. Play Connect Four
  22. Play Dominoes
  23. Play Hide & Seek
  24. Play With Lego
  25. Play with Paper Dolls
  26. Play with Play-Doh
  27. Play with Water Balloons
  28. Pray together
  29. Read the Bible
  30. Read In A Blanket Fort
  31. Run Through A Sprinkler
  32. Trim Your Grass with Scissors
  33. Use a squirt gun and have a water fight
  34. Walk Your Dog ( or your neighbor’s dog )
  35. Wash Your Car

In the summer my goal is to turn off the TV and visit a different park every week, sometimes it's just a neighboring town and sometimes we drive a hour or two to find a new, unique park.

We also signed up for the summer reading program at our local library We also go to fun activities at the library. Books and reading are so important for kids.

Of course, it's no surprise that being a couch potato isn't exactly conducive to a healthy lifestyle. If you're watching TV for six hours/day, you're probably not exercising. Plus, you're also more likely to be suffering from depression, antisocial tendencies, & Vitamin D deficiency

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