Keeping kids entertained and productive during summer vacation is more than a full-time job for many parents: planning crafts and activities, packing up and going on outings, cleaning up after your kids and their friends. The draw of using video games, TV and other types of screen time to take up an hour or two of the day gets stronger and stronger as the summer goes on. The trouble is that it is so easy to let an hour or two turn into half a day or more.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation found:
“A recent study found that children today spend an average of 6 hours each day in front of the computer and TV but less than 4 minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play”
There is definitely a time and place for unwinding with a good movie or catching some work or shut-eye while your kids watch a show. Screens definitely have their uses! What they lack, though, is the ability to stimulate all of your children's senses. There is no substitute for exposure to the natural world as far as mental, physical and emotional well-being is concerned.