Keep Your Kids Active with Guilt-Free Screen Time

February 24, 2019Autumn

Thank you Davinci Club AR for sponsoring this post!

We are in the 21st century and raising children in this digital age means it’s extremely difficult to have a screen-free home at times. My children have been using screened devices (T.V, iPads, Tablets) since the age of 2 years old and making sure they have access to apps that keep them active has been a big push for me. Guilt-free screen time these days is easy to achieve with the various types of contents and apps available for children.

Related: Judge me not, letting go of mom guilt about screen time! 

When my children prepare themselves to get a new game from the app store, it has to check off at least one of these things on my list of “guilt-free” meaning they can play it as much as they want. Apps considered guilt-free would be anything educational, movement based, book/reading apps or school-based applications. We then set parameters around how much “guilty” screen time they can have around the apps that don’t check off the list. Keeping your kids active while using devices isn’t as hard when you have some knowledge about what’s available and on the market.

I have pulled together my top 3 apps that keep kids active and allow you to give them more guilt-free screen time. At the end of this post, you can also receive a free 2-week trial to our newest favorite app on this list.

All apps listed are available in the iTunes store. 

3 Apps to Keep Your Kids Active During ScreenTime

Davinci Club Ar

In this app, children get to explore the world around them with friends. Children get to create their own pets to customize with fun colors, clothes and features and give them a fun/funky name.

The game feeds children’s curiosity and lets them explore the real world with their friends or siblings. Kids can get moving and stay active by using the camera within the game to scan everyday items to unlock cards and collect cool things.

The goal of the game is to unlock all the animals and compare to win against your family and friends. This app makes the list as it encourages your child’s active movement without being solely glued to the screen. Have your kids go on a quick scavenger hunt with the app and spend hours, competing to collect cards and new levels.

Get a 2-week free trial for this game using my personal link: https://davinciclubar.page.link/autumnig and connect with me online to share the fun and have your kids compete against mine. We can build community everywhere! 

We received a 1-year subscription to this game which was certified by the Finland education system, this game encourages education throughout, allowing children to learn more by moving, exploring and understanding the world around them.

Taco Dance

In this app, kids can create different dancers, stages and dance moves with the characters. Children can enjoy some guilt-free screen time by using their imagination and creativity to choreograph the dance and then Once created, see if you can copy the same moves.

Other Related Content: Raising Confident Kids 

Go Noodle

This is an app that’s perfect for the entire family to play.

This app allows kids to choose movement videos and games to play with engaging hosts and characters.

Kids can even learn the art of mindfulness by using this app to practice yoga and deep breathing.

One of the coolest things about this app is its availability on all Apple devices including the tv. This means you can easily turn t.v time into movement and learning time as well.


When you’re allowing your kids screentime, do you always make sure to include apps that take your children on an adventure or journey?

While I am not a stickler for all that they can do online, I mean Youtube videos and other games are just as fun for them. But as a mom, I sometimes have a little guilt when those applications become to much.

So having guilt-free screen time by incorporating games that encourage movement, education, and play is always the best kind of balance in my book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments (14)

  • Erin

    February 25, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    It is so hard to always find the balance between educational screen time and not. Thanks for the info.

  • Marna Altman

    February 25, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    My kids love device time and go noodle. I have not heard of the others but will totally checking them out. Thanks!

  • Monica

    February 25, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Love the app suggestions! Screen time is a big issue with a lot of moms but there are genuinely some great, engaging apps out there that keep kids learning and growing.

  • Amber

    February 25, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    I have such trouble with screen time with my kids! We homeschool, and in the winter, when they get done with school and it’s cold outside, they go straight to the screens! It drives me nuts! There are some good recommendations here though, thank you, I’ll check some of them out!

  • Sonja – Too Much Character

    February 25, 2019 at 11:42 PM

    I love your prerequisites for the apps you purchase. I have heard great things about Go Noodle, so I will have to look that one up. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Stephanie

    February 26, 2019 at 2:50 AM

    I always feel a bit guilty for screen time but we have limited it to a certain amount of time every time he is allowed to watch. He loves Youtube and even though I am not really keen, he started learning English words which amazes me as he only knows greek so far!

  • Jessica

    February 26, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Love these!! Such a wonderful post.

  • Lisa

    February 26, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Go Noodle is my favorite! I used it a TON as a 2nd grade teacher, and I know that I’ll use it with my little guy when he’s a bit older. It’s great active screentime!

  • Lorena

    February 26, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    I always feel guilty for letting my son watch tv or play on my phone… and for many other reasons. Thanks for this post. I’ll definitely check these apps out!

  • Ashley – GrowingSpangs

    February 26, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    I can’t love this enough. I feel like we’re a parenting generation in a crux of changing times. Our parents didn’t really have screens to keep us happy, and we spent a lot of time outside so they could get things done, so we feel guilty about our kids using screens. At the same time, schools and culture make the demand that they know how to use them. Finding that balance is so hard…but finding screentime things that also grow their brains is key for those times that we do use that option…takes a lot of the guilt away. 😉 I love being able to walk away from my three year old to make dinner on a cold Minnesota day, and know that she is learning tons from whatever is on PBS. That piece of mind is a beautiful thing. I’ll have to check these apps out, she would love their moves for sure!

  • Caitlin

    February 26, 2019 at 6:19 PM

    These apps look so fun! My three year old would love these!

  • Julia from Balancing Bravely

    February 26, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    Learning to have less guilt as a mom is so challenging, but so importance

  • Bethany

    February 26, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    These are great ideAs… definitely saving for later

  • Anh

    February 26, 2019 at 9:55 PM

    Thank you for these apps! Will definitely look for these when my toddler is older!

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