Screen time is one of those long-debated hot topics in parenting circles, but no matter what your stance is, it’s hard not resorting to turning on a show or two (or five…) during the colder months. Gross rainy and slushy days are aplenty, and seemingly never-ending illnesses throw off typical routines. How to keep everyone occupied in these last throes of winter before spring truly arrives? I tapped eight moms to share their tips and tricks on minimizing screen time, from colorful looms to creative play ideas to take on your next park trip.
Build a Fort—And a Bunch of Other Things
Graphic designer and author Amanda Jane Jones recommends a modern Nugget cushion set (originally designed for college dorm rooms to replace bulky futons), which can be turned into a fort for endless imaginative play. The four pieces can be configured into a tent-shaped structure, a slide, an obstacle course, and even a teeth-baring monster.