Not Just An App: An Opportunity For Collective Playtime On And Off The Screen
As valuable as educational technology may be for child development, many parents are concerned about how much time children are spending on screens and how little time they’re spending interacting with other children and group activities.
Yet new technologies are also opening up a realm of possibilities for smart entertainment and educational content that can support, if not boost, your child’s development. For the first time in history, parents are having to figure out with limited information just how much screen time is too much screen time and what kind of content they should give their children access to.
The importance of high-quality screen time and collective playing
Spending too much time on a screen can wreak havoc on children’s development by depriving them of the vital movement, interactions and diversity in activities needed for optimal health.
More than ever, it’s important to understand what constitutes high-quality screen time for a child. Here’s a breakdown of the most important elements:
Educational content: Without any constructive content to offer, screen time can quickly turn into an empty consumption of media entertainment. With hyperactive brains and bodies bursting with energy, children need qualitative content that nourished their development provides a variety of stimulations in different areas. For example, games are interesting if they use gamification to encourage the development of skills or problem-solving abilities that go beyond the screen. Videos or animations can be interesting if they expand your child’s imagination and inspire positive character development that carries over into the real world.
Interactivity: The brain is an incredibly plastic organ, especially for children who develop 90% of their grey matter in the first three years of their life! Interactions are one of the key components of healthy development in the early years of a child’s life. Whether it’s reading with a parent, exchanging with a teacher or playing with other children, interactions develop the senses and provide an important base for the construction of the child’s identity, social skills and modes of communication. A good educational toy is one that encourages not only individual play but also collective activities and opportunities for parent-child interactions.
On- and off-screen activities: Outdoor time is essential for every human being and even more so for children. The advent of ed-tech provides fruitful opportunities for fast learning and early development, but make sure that whatever app you choose also encourages activities that allow your children to explore their surroundings and discover the environment they live in and the people they share the world with!
Squishysaurus: an all-rounder fun and learning experience
At Squishysaurus, we’re passionate about making playtime the best possible time for your children to learn. When children laugh while learning, they engage in a form of natural learning that boosts their capacity to retain information, solve logic problems, collaborate with others and think outside the box to expand the way they engage with the world.
That’s why we’ve designed a toy that combines the best of both worlds:
3 cute, squishy and incredibly tactile dinosaurs that your children won’t be able to stop playing with. Each Squishysaurus has a unique personality, story and educational quizzes to make playtime a time for imagination and development.
An on-screen app that includes augmented reality and voice recognition features to bring your child’s Squishysaurus to life in a fun, interactive and educational experience!
Here’s why there’s no such thing as too much Squishysaurus time:
Good health: Squishysaurus love adventure, discovery and fun! With unique personalities, stories and engaging quizzes for each character, playtime with Squishysaurus is a great time for your children to explore the garden, play with other Squishysaurus friends and learn new skills like reading and vocabulary without the need of a screen.
Time for interaction with other children and adults: Squishysaurus love playing with lots of new friends! Off-screen and on-screen, we’ve made sure Squishysaurus encourages individual and collective playtime, with other children as much as with adults. The Squishysaurus app integrates the latest Augmented Reality technology so that each Squishysaurus comes to life on screen at the touch of a fingertip! Because the more the merrier, our reading exercises, quizzes and learning games are designed to encourage parent-child interactions and collective playing.
Behavioural & educational growth: Real learning is not just about learning facts and remember 2+2=4. True education involves everything from factual awareness to positive personality development, communication skills and creativity. That’s why Squishysaurus strives to encourage a wide spectrum of educational activities, including good character development, stimulation of your child’s imagination and the improvement of communication and reading with the help of parents as teachers.
More than anything, Squishysaurus nurtures an environment that provides a link between playtime and development, so that playtime is always a time for behavioural and educational growth.