How Creative Free-Play with Magna-Tiles® Can Combat Excessive Screen Time

Between TV shows, video games, and the Internet, media is a compelling force in many households. There’s always a new show to watch and a new game to play that’ll keep them entertained for hours on end. While setting healthy screen-time limits is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the struggle is real for many families. Making Magna-Tiles® play part of your screen-time strategy can help the transition from device to discovery go smoothly.

Create Your Own Stories

One of the best things about Magna-Tiles® and Magna-Qubix® is that they’re designed for open-ended play — they come entirely instruction-free. Our magnetic shapes and building blocks have the power to motivate those big imaginations to create engaging adventures in the comfort of your own living room. Magna-Tiles® play can help give kids the push they need to explore interests outside their devices.

Bridge the gap between TV and play using your magnetic blocks and the themed playsets currently in your toy box. Not only can some older toys see a little more use before they’re outgrown, but your children can enjoy hours of screen-free fun. Whether they’re creating castles for princesses from the big screen or erecting towers for a pack of pint-size superheroes from a beloved TV show, a little imagination can help bring familiar storylines to life and spark ideas for new ones.

Inspire Creativity Through Fun Challenges

Setting up a fun group activity may be all your little ones need to steer away from the screens in the house and make valuable face-to-face connections. Task them with creating new board games together or challenging each other with tangrams, mazes, and other inventive puzzles. Young architects can compete to see who makes the tallest tower or the strongest bridge, while budding programmers can unplug and hone their algorithm, sequencing, and debugging skills using a homemade grid.

What will they think of next? Whether they’re putting a new spin on a favorite game or creating something entirely new, they’ll be in charge of their own entertainment. Through engaging group and solo endeavors, your young inventors can have fun while learning valuable STEM skills along the way.

Striking a Balance Between Media and Play

When it comes to Magna-Tiles® and Magna-Qubix®, the possibilities for creativity are endless. Magna-Makers™ of all ages are creating new projects every day. Get the ball rolling within your own family with the projects from our Idea Gallery. While exploring online does involve a tablet or computer, you and your little construction crew can use this as an opportunity to switch from screen time to active playtime.

You can see what our community of Magna-Makers™ has been up to through our social media platforms and share your own #magnatiles moments and #magnaqubix memories online for the world to see. Young children can learn a lot by watching the adults in their lives, so dive into the fun with your little ones. After all, grown-ups need to unplug every once in a while, too.

Incorporate Magna-Tiles® Play Today

Taking screen-free timeouts makes space for daydreaming, exploring, and building the interpersonal connections developing youngsters need to learn and grow. Find innovative ways to moderate screen time with help from our Magna-Tiles® Play Book: Inspiring Creativity, and use our activity downloads online to make downtime educational. If you need help with getting started or finding sets that appeal to the Magna-Makers™ in your household, contact us for more information.