By Sierra Filucci, Executive Editor, Common Sense Media
When you think about summertime, you might think about swimming, camping, bike riding, and other outdoor fun. The reality is that summer also means lots more time in front of the TV.
According to a recent report from the Harris Poll, kids will spend more than 17 hours a week watching TV and playing video games this summer, which is nearly triple the time spent during the school year. And, although TV shows, movies, and games are lots of fun, you might feel a bit better about the screen time if kids are watching stuff with some educational value.
Even better, parents can help kids turn their screen time into learning time by matching activities with TV shows. We get you started below with some fun -- and smart -- ideas.
Peg + Cat (math)
Activity: Ask preschoolers to help with simple cooking tasks, including sorting and counting vegetables or dry beans or measuring sugar and flour for cookies.
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