I am honored to bring you this post as a sponsored collaboration with The Genius of Play. All stories and opinions are, as always, my own.
At one point in my life I was sure my kids would never watch TV.
Then they wouldn’t use computers.
But as we all know, sometimes TV happens and keeping kids from tech is actually detrimental to their progress- children as young as kindergarten age are expected to use online learning programs in school!
The Balance is Real
When I saw The Genius of Play at the Type-A Parent conference in DC, I was drawn to them like a magnet. Their goal is to increase awareness of the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play among parents- plus encourage parents to tell their kids to go play.
How simple and perfect is that?
These Dear Parents videos are a great reminder that all play is created equal and all important, but thhat doesn’t make it all the same. Kids need variety, and the point-of-view of the child is magnified so that we can learn from the experts on what they need! Physical, social, emotional, communicative, creative, and cognitive benefits of play are electrifying our children’s futures!
How is actually all a part of the fun, and one of the reasons I’ve begun hitting up The Genius of Play site a few times a week!
Millie is a super puzzle lover, so I worked backwards with her. As she learns the fastest way to complete a puzzle, separating the border pieces of the puzzle and working in, she is also learning how to sort things on a screen using different puzzle apps.
When she gets frustrated with one, we switch, until she’s ready for a different activity.
Addie loves shows with super heros, so after an episode or two, I can always count on her to want to write a story about what she watched, dress up and play my own little hero, or she gathers up all of her stuffed animals, gets them into a perilous situation and then saves them! She takes the lead on mixing up the screens and playtime… though she definitely needs redirection sometimes!
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Incorporate it into everyday!
Time is never plentiful enough. Not enough to get everything done during the day, or sleep it off at night. The easiest way for me to give them the enrichment of play is to work it into the day, instead of making it something else to do.
The kids know that dinner prep is going to be about reading recipes, working with knives (YES! even at age 3!), measuring ingredients, tasting and understanding creativity versus by-the-book. The kids don’t even know we’re working literacy, OT, math, outside-the-box thinking, AND spending time together!
They also know, when I am working, I will put music on so they can dance, or a show so they, too, can have some downtime. It’s all about finding your balance in that moment. Screen time, online learning, imagination, activities, crafts, sports. I am grateful, as a parent, that there are resources out there to back me up!
are here and we’re all wondering: what are the best gifts for my child this year? Check out this list of suggestions, which will, undoubtedly stuff those stockings with imagination, laughter, and learning!
Here’s to finding balance between screens and building dreams… and having all the wine and pie after they go to bed!