April 15, 2013 Kelly

Research shows that preschoolers spend an average of 32 hours a week with screens. There have been studies that show too much time with screens could be harmful. There are also studies that say kids can learn a lot from TV shows, movies, and video games, as well. No matter what you think about children and screen time, I think we could all agree that a break might do everyone some good.  It will help the environment too!

I challenge you, and myself, to make a personalized Screen-Free Week. The official Screen-Free Week takes place April 29 – May 5. Maybe a week is too long and you can only do a few days. That’s OK, too! Sit together as a family and decide your guidelines. Here are mine.

Miss Kelly’s Screen-Free Challenge Guidelines:

No iPad for a week!
Only use the computer/Internet at the Library [and only for work activities – no Facebook (eeek!)].
No TV or movies for a whole week! (Make sure to DVR anything beforehand!)
Only board games 
 no electronic games for a week.

To kick off your Screen-Free Challenge, read Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino and take a look at some these fun things to do instead of zoning out in front of the TV.

Things to do instead of watching TV or playing games:

Read books and magazines from the Library. (Come on, you knew it would be number 1.)
Build a fairy house. Or a toad house. (By the way, Orange Branch Library is having a Fairy Ball on May 7!)
Go on a picnic. Don’t forget to pack the Frisbee!
Try to do push-ups and sit-ups every day.
Build a LEGO City.
Write a poem. Or two!
Feed the ducks.
Clean out your closets and donate items to Delaware Free Store, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.
Put on music and DANCE!
Write your own picture book.
Bake cookies (and bring them into the Library - just kidding!).
Visit all four Delaware County District Library locations. Can you get directions without the Internet?
Complete a puzzle!
Build a fort in the living room with couch cushions and blankets. Have a sleepover in it!
Plant flowers.
Try a new dinner recipe.
Write letters to grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc.
Go on long walks.
Play a board game or cards.
Visit all the local parks in your area.
Blow bubbles.
Rearrange furniture.
Spring clean! [Probably not going to happen at my house ;-).]

For other great Screen-free information and fun activities, check out

When you have met your challenge, let us know your guidelines and how it went!

Could Your Kids Go A Week Without TV or Video Games?