Healthy Ways to Keep Your 2-4 Year Old Busy Without Screen Time

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Understanding the Need for Non-Screen Activities

Screen time is simply the time your kiddo spends staring at a screen, be it a TV, a smartphone, tablet, or even a gaming console. A little bit of Peppa Pig or Ryan’s World here and there doesn’t hurt, but excess screen time cuts into the real-world play and interactions that our little ones need to thrive and grow.

Now that we’ve established what screen time is, let’s talk about why too much can be harmful. 

Excessive screen time can lead to obesity, sleep problems, and even behavioral issues. It’s like eating too much candy—it feels good in the moment, but the aftermath isn’t always fun!

Engaging in non-screen activities, on the other hand, helps in developing fine motor skills, encourages imagination, enhances cognitive abilities, and improves social and emotional skills. Think of it as the broccoli to screen time’s candy. Definitely tastes different, but oh-so-good for you!

Engaging Physical Activities to Keep Toddlers Busy

So how do we get our kiddos to opt for the healthier choice and love it? Here’s how:

Incorporating play and movement: Dance, obstacle courses, and basic sports

Aarthy Arunkumar

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