Screen-free activities for Toddlers
We are all guilty of pushing the limits on screen time for toddlers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. It is during this time that a child’s brain develops very quickly and children learn best by interacting with people, not screens. More information can be found by clicking here.
With this in mind, we have a few easy ideas for you and your toddler:
- Make a den – setting up blankets and sheets spread over tables, chairs and/or sofas!
- Cooking- simple recipes that involve kids. For ideas click here.
- Playing with pots and pans in the kitchen.
- Blowing bubbles. For making giant bubbles click here.
- Have a tea party with toys.
- Play with cars – using blue tape, map out lines on the ground, make a racetrack!
- Natural art – go outside and use twigs, rocks, flowers etc to make art on the ground.
- Climb trees!
- Playdough – there are some edible Playdough recipes available if you fancy something a little different. Click here for recipes- (beware they are not all edible!)
- Rockpooling or visit local stream.
- Paint a simple picture.
- Play Hopscotch outside.
Whatever you chose, have fun doing this together as a family. Help build your child’s imagination.