The ongoing pandemic has prevented many children from learning and playing face-to-face with their peers, leading to a big increase in screen time. Most classes and activities have transitioned to an online format—no avoiding screens there—but there are still SO many screen-free ways kids can play and learn at home. In celebration of #NationalUnpluggingDay, here are some fun, screen-free activities to help engage your child in in-person playtime!
I was so pleased to sit down with Sherry Turkle’s thought-provoking new book, “Reclaiming Conversation.” Through her research, Turkle, an author, professor, and member of Boston Children’s Museum’s advisory board, explores in the book how quick “sips” of conversation— texts, emails, Tweets, posts, etc.—are replacing meaningful conversations, and the negative effects of this shift are becoming more and more evident. I was particularly struck by the consequences the decline in conversation is having on children.