Technology Free Activities After Day Care
Despite your best intentions, your children may be spending too much time in front of television and computer screens. After a busy day of school, work and home duties, digital devices can provide an oasis of distraction for you and your children. Unfortunately, too much screen time can interfere with your children’s learning, physical health and mental health. As an alternative, consider incorporating these after-school activities into your home life. Here are a few ideas to spark some creativity.
Family “Dress Up” Productions
Once a week, plan a mini-production of a favorite family story. Everyone has to don a costume of sorts and re-enact a fairy tale or a popular modern book such as “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School.” First, some giant ants steal breakfast. Then there are the evil ninjas, massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late? You can even take on a book series like the Magic Tree House with time-traveling brother and sister team Jack and Annie. Make it even more interesting by letting them choose your character. If you have toddlers, let them dress up and create their own role. Your kids will love using their imaginations, and you’ll enjoy some quality family time. These productions also have education value. As Wendy Mages, Ed.D. notes, “Acting fosters children’s language proficiency, vocabulary development, and storytelling skills.” (more…)