Parents throughout the East Kootenay should be screen smart and find other ways to entertain their kids.
This from early childhood educator Greta Correll, who is part of a series of Project Playtime workshops.
The events are happening throughout the region through the Early Years program.
Correll says more time in front of a television or smart phone can affect the mental development of kids under six and limits their interactions with others.
“They are used to having an immediate reaction from the screen and get quite stimulated by something like that,” Correll says. “That’s not the way the real world works, so its already limiting their experience in social interactions.”
Correll says creating an activity bag strengthens their mental skills through creative play.
“We really want to promote more face-to-face activities between young children,” Correll says. “If they are given a screen, then that reduces that opportunity for parents and kids.”
Workshops have already taken place in Invermere, Canal Flats and Creston.
More scheduled in Kimberley, Fernie, Sparwood and Cranbrook can be found below…
Kimberley – Strongstart – 1850 Warren Avenue – Monday, November 20th, 10 AM – 12 PM
Fernie – Fernie Heritage Library – 492 Third Avenue – Tuesday, November 21st – 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Cranbrook – Cranbrook Family Connections Building – 209A 16th Avenue North – Tuesday, November 21st – 11 AM
Sparwood – Parent and Tot Funtime – Rec Center Hall – 367 Pine Avenue – Tuesday, November 21st 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Sparwood – Kindergym – Rec Center Hall – 367 Pine Avenue – Thursday, November 23rd 11 AM – 12 PM
Cranbrook – Aboriginal Early Years Program, Chief Joseph Centre – 1007 Baker Street – Friday, November 24th – 11 AM
– Early Childhood Educator, Greta Correll