There are screens everywhere - TVs, computers, mobile phones, tablets, and video games! On average, children ages 2-8 are spending between 2 - 6 hours per day on a screen 

Screens provide us with a lot of information and entertainment. However, just like with sweet treats, we must enjoy them in moderation. Extended time on screens can impact sleep, social and emotional growth, mental health, language development, and overall physical health. 

Planning Screen-Free Time

An image for screen free week with many activities to do instead of being on a screen.

Start small. 

  • Plan 1 to 2 screen-free activities throughout the week. Leave the other days and times to explore and discover screen-free fun on your own. You can brainstorm some screen-free plans with this handout
  • Create tech-free zones like the dinner table or the bedroom.
  • Set daily limits on screen time. 
  • If using a screen, make it active! Choose programs and videos that encourage movement. 

Get Creative. Setting the screen down doesn’t have to be boring. Try out some of these fun resources for screen-free fun. 

Screen-Free Bingo
Fort Fun
101 Screen Free Activities (Spanish)
Screen free reading fun|
Screen-Free Game Ideas
Screen-Free Nature Based Ideas


Reflect and Celebrate!

Take time to reflect on your screen-free time. How did your mind and body feel? Don’t forget to congratulate yourself with this free certificate (Spanish). 


Go Further

Looking to engage the whole family in screen-free wellness?

Try some “digital housekeeping.” Look through old devices, then service, sell, or recycle them. You can also set up a charging station for the whole family to charge their devices overnight. This is a great way to keep screens away from the bedroom, and ready to go for the next day.

Check out this guide to bring screen-free fun to your school.

funding statement logo

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

This material was funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP in cooperation with Maryland’s Department of Human Services and University of Maryland Extension. University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class.