Recently, I’ve had many friends ask about screen time alternatives for preschoolers when mom needs to feed the baby or work with a school-age child, so I wanted to share how we set up our educational playlist.
Several years ago, I read a blog post about room time and the idea of creating a fun, educational CD (or playlist, in our case) stuck with me for a long time.
After our second daughter was born, I began compiling our “Fun Time” playlist. It’s grown and changed over the past few years as our girls have gotten older. Both girls have auditory-learning tendencies, and they love to listen to music and stories while they play–win, win for all of us!
The best part of a personalized playlist is that, essentially, you can be in two places at once. And your child can begin to develop independent play skills in just 15-20 minutes per day.
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- First, I downloaded a recorder app for our iPad.
- Then, I recorded our phone number, address, and our family “last name” song (to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”), as well as some of our favorite picture books.
- Next, I picked some of our favorite educational songs from our Sounds Like Learning CD. (We especially love Counting By Tens and Months of the Year!)
- Finally, I mixed everything together with some fun songs from Laurie Berkner, Rachel Coleman, and Raffi and poems from What Your Preschooler Needs to Know.
Not sure what to add to your personalized playlist? Check out these ideas:
What are your favorite screen time alternatives? Would you try a personalized playlist?