Technology offers many engaging options for learning and communication. But sometimes screen time becomes a family’s primary leisure time. Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that today’s children are spending an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices (aap.org).
If you are worried that the digital world has become a solo preference of entertainment for your kids, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library has some creative read-alouds for you. Characters in these stories show how they unplug and still have fun.
Playing is essential for children. It’s the gateway to discovery and learning. Our Library offers books for parents to guide creative play and ways to raise a child in our digital world. Meredith Sinclair’s, Ultimate Guide to Awakening your Family’s Playful Spirit, offers a visual Playlist for making purposeful acts of playfulness this year. This book reminds us how much fun it is a build a fort, play hide and seek and get crazy with a pillow fight.
Why not choose a just one day a week to get unplugged? Encourage your family to take a digital diet away from all devices, just for a single day! A one-day fast from technology is a great way to refresh your senses, add spontaneity to your life and reconnect with your family!
Go ahead, on your mark, get set, PLAY!
TLCPL ACTIVITIES TO GO
We’re bringing Library activity programs to you! Visit any location where we will have Activities to Go envelopes in bins at the Grab and Go tables. Each envelope has directions and supplies for fun activities at home for preschoolers, kids ages 5 – 10, and teens. If you can’t get to a location, just call us at 419.259.5200 and we will email you a full set of instructions.