Technology Alternatives for Kids
Technology provides many benefits and can help accelerate learning in a number of ways. However, overexposure to the digital world can also impact a child’s development. Consider these alternatives:
Even at a young age, puzzles help kids learn the relationship between objects and how to understand logical sequences. A puzzle lets your child feel the fit or misfit of a certain piece in the puzzle. Keep puzzles fun and emotionally stimulating as your child grows by choosing puzzles with favorite images and increasing the number of pieces as your child progresses.
Coloring endures as a tried-and-true pastime for children of all ages. By providing your child with a coloring book, printed sheets or even just blank sheets of paper and coloring utensils, you can encourage imagination and creativity. With no rules for coloring, your child can choose off-the-wall colors and let his or her imagination run wild.
Along the same lines as coloring, writing supports imaginative exploration. Ask your child to write you a short story, poem or song. Writing encourages creative thinking, while also allowing your child to practice holding a writing utensil and penmanship. Once that task is complete, ask your son or daughter to draw a picture to go with it or to perform the written story.
It is recommended that children and adolescents partake in 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Young children are learning to explore, so encourage them to run, walk or swing in safe areas. A game of hopscotch or jump rope introduces structure disguised as fun for preschool-aged children. For a child in elementary school, team sports can offer additional structured activity and exposure to new social situations.
At any age, focusing on fun and new challenges can help your child’s development and encourage healthy fitness practices. Enlist the help of your child’s pediatrician for more suggestions on how to encourage your child’s development.