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Screen-Free Activities - Independent

Our take on screen-free activities is based on developmental psychology and overall good mental and physical health. Our research has led us to develop the SPOIL system. The SPOIL system guides you through the 5 most important activities you should engage in with your kids each day. I stands for Independent.

Each family must choose how to manage screens in their lives. There are a lot of good reasons to delay the introduction to screens as long as possible. But, families’ decisions are also impacted by their child care and...
Making meaningful contributions and having a purpose in life have an impact on well-being for children and adults. One way that children can feel a sense of purpose is household chores. In outlining my theory on important activities for...
Long before I started a blog, I read blogs. One of the blogs that kept my brain filled with fun, simple activities to do with my children is HandsOnAsWeGrow.com. Jamie is a mom of three active boys and her...
We want to give you endless options for fun and easy screen-free activities to enjoy with your young kids. This article is a never-ending work-in-progress. We will add five unique screen-free activities here every week. We challenge you to do those five...
We discuss Independent play (or work) as one of the daily essential activities for kids in our S.P.O.I.L. System for optimizing your child's daily activities article. Children, like adults, benefit from feeling a sense of purpose, accomplishment and independence. The lines...
This is the last in our series of Screen-Free Road Trippin' posts. The previous posts were: Screen-Free Road Tripping: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Kids Happy in the Car Screen-Free Road Trips: Entertainment at Kids' Fingertips (Sans Swiping) Screen-Free...
Welcome to part 2 of our screen-free road trip series! To see the first post with all our most helpful tips and tricks, click here. To see part 3 which contains a list of our favorite car games, click here. We...
This is the first in a series of 3 posts about road trips without screens. See Part 2: Screen-Free Road Trips: Entertainment at Kids’ Fingertips (Sans Swiping) for a rundown of post our must-pack entertainment items and visit Part 3: Screen-Free Road...
One of my first posts to this website included "busy bags," a little thing I use to help keep my kids engaged and learning while I get stuff done. People seemed to really like it and my kids continue...
My original busy bag post can be seen here. People seemed to really like it and my kids continue to love their busy bags. I am amazed by how intently my one-year-old will play with them. I am focusing...

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