In today's fast-paced digital age, modern parents are often seeking ways to balance their children's screen time with meaningful, enriching activities. Here are five tips to encourage open-ended play, learning, and minimize screen time in your child's life, featuring our favourite products from Joiemakers:

1. Create a Screen-Free Zone

Designate a specific area in your home as a screen-free zone. Our Vertical Playmat is a perfect addition to this space, offering a clutter-free, sleek design that blends seamlessly with your home decor. Let your child's imagination run wild as they doodle, write, and create on this innovative dry-erase board decal.

2. Embrace Imaginative Play

Encourage exploration to stimulate your child's senses and creativity. Our Wooden Playkit provides endless possibilities for imaginative play, crafted from responsibly-sourced materials and designed to grow with your child. The Wooden Playkit inspires endless possibilities for creating objects, patterns, and stories, making it a perfect tool for developing fine motor skills and fostering imaginative play.

3. Minimizing screen time

Create a schedule that includes designated screen time for specific educational or recreational activities. Our Vertical Playmat helps keep children engaged for hours, incorporating hands-on play and creative learning. When children are engaged in their own world and imagination, you can easily say goodbye to screen time! 

4. Encourage Creative Expression

Provide tools and materials that encourage creative expression, such as art supplies, building blocks, and storytelling props. Our Vertical Playmat and Wooden Play Kit offer versatile options for creative play, allowing children to express themselves freely and develop critical thinking skills.

5. Lead by Example

Model healthy screen habits by limiting your own screen time and engaging in meaningful activities with your child. Use our Jumpstarter Kit, the ultimate trio bundle which includes the Vertical Playmat, Wooden Play Kit, as well as a complementary set of Minimakers Playcards as tools for bonding and learning together, creating lasting memories while fostering a love for open-ended play.


By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can help your child embrace open-ended play, learning, and minimize screen time, promoting a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Join us at Joiemakers in inspiring joy and creativity through purposeful play!