New WHO Guidelines on Active Play and Screen Time

Dinoduo welcomes the new WHO guidelines on Active Play and Screen Time

WHO releases new guidelines on  active play, sedentary behaviour and screen time for children under the age of 5. The guidelines on screen time ad active play echo guidelines already in place by the American Academy of Paediatricians

“Improving physical activity, reducing sedentary time and ensuring quality sleep in young children will improve their physical, mental health and wellbeing, and help prevent childhood obesity and associated diseases later in life,” says Dr Fiona Bull, programme manager for surveillance and population-based prevention of no communicable diseases, at WHO.

The guidelines focus on reducing restrained positions and sedentary play such as screen time with more active play. They recommend that sedentary play should be interactive  with caregivers and non screen based. The guidelines recommend the following for preschool children

Children 1-2 years of age should:

  • Spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity, including moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity, spread throughout the day; more is better.
  • Not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g., prams/strollers, high chairs, or strapped on a caregiver’s back) or sit for extended periods of time. For 1-year-olds, sedentary screen time (such as watching TV or videos, playing computer games) is not recommended. For those aged 2 years, sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour; less is better. When sedentary, engaging in reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged.
  • Have 11-14 hours of good quality sleep, including naps, with regular sleep and wake-up times.

 Children 3-4 years of age should:


  • Spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity, of which at least 60 minutes is moderate- to vigorous intensity physical activity, spread throughout the day; more is better.
  • Not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g., prams/strollers) or sit for extended periods of time. Sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour; less is better. When sedentary, engaging in reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged.
  • Have 10–13h of good quality sleep, which may include a nap, with regular sleep and wake-up times.


Blown Away 2

Last week Dinoduo gave you lots of ideas for blowing bubbles to help your child calm down at times when they are over whelmed or upset.  Blowing games are a great way to help your child relax. Blowing activities are very useful for lots of other areas of development for your preschool child.

  • Blowing games develops your child’s oral motor muscles, those muscles that are so important for talking, eating, smiling and laughing.
  • Blowing games are great for developing breath control, another important component of talking, singing and playing a musical instrument.
  • Having good blowing skills is important when learning to swim to ensure the water does not go up your nose or into your lungs.
  • Deep blowing activity works the diaphragm and the respiratory muscles, important for aerobic activity

Here are a few more fun blowing activities to try at home with your pre schooler


Windy day

Hold a light tissue in front of your child and have your child blow the tissue like it is a windy day. Start by gentle blowing like a summer breeze; gradually increase the depth of breathing so that it is a wild windy day. Count how long your child can keep the tissue afloat.

Table soccer

This is a game for two people. Use the short end of the table and mark out a pitch using books, tape etc.

Each player has a straw and there is a ping pong ball in the middle. The players blow on their straw to move the ping pong ball to their opponent’s edge of the table. Score a point when the ball is blown over the edge.

Obstacle Blow

Use rolls of playdough to mark out a walled labyrinth course on a table, Place a ping pong between the playdough walls.  Start at the entrance of the labyrinth. Using a straw, have your pre-schooler blow the ping pong ball to the exit of the labyrinth.

Novelty Party Blowers

Check out the bargain shops for lots of blowing novelty toys and whistles. Party blowers, novelty whistles and mouth organs all are great blowing fun and can have lots of noisy blowing activity.

Water bubbles

Next time your child is in the bath or the pool, have them blow on the top of the water to make a bubble. As they get more confident with this,  bring their mouth to the water to blow bubbles in the water. This is such an important skill for learning to swim so it is well worth practicing.

Blowing ping pong balls on the water is great fun pol activity.  Buying those blow floating toys that flip over when you blow them are worth the investment.

  Dinoduo have special flutes that play a note when you blow them in the water.

Dandelion Heads

Don’t forget the good old game of blowing dandelion heads. Remember the number of blows it takes to remove all the seeds if the time you will get married at!!

So go on, have fun with these  blowing games .

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Blown Away!

Does your preschool child get wound up and over excited at times. The day in the life of the preschool child is very busy, rushing around, learning lots and lots, developing all the social niceties of dealing with others.  Would you like some ideas to help settle your pre-schooler when they are over wrought? Dinoduo have some nice ideas to help your child take a deep breath and settle themselves. Deep breathing has been used since olden times as a way of calming the system.  Just think of how breathing is used in yoga and meditation to support relaxation.  Your child will find it difficult to follow the instruction “Take a deep breath” but offering blowing activities helps your child take a big breath before they blow out.   Try the following bubble activities the next time your child seems like they are getting worked up.  No need to wait until they are upset, these activities will also help your child stay calm and relaxed when offered throughout the day.   And they are lots of fun!

Bubble blowing

Have your child blow bubbles from a wand. Your child may find it difficult to blow hard enough. If they cannot blow hard enough, blow the bubble yourself and catch the formed bubble on the wand, this is easier for your child to blow.

Bubble Snakes  

Take a plastic water bottle, remove the bottom end and place an old sock on the cut end using an elastic band.

Place some bubble mixture in a saucer and place the sock end of your blow toy in the bubble mixture to cover. Have your child take the bottle neck to their mouth and blow

The harder your child blows, the longer the snake.

Add some food die to the sock to get coloured bubbles

Blow paint

Give your child a straw and some plain paper. Provide some watered down paint in containers.

Have your child dribble some paint on the sheet of paper and then using the straw , blow on the paint to make some cool designs.  Watch the designs emerge as the colours mix.

Bubble Mountain

Put some washing up liquid in a plastic bowl or bottle with some water. Stand the container in a larger bowl to catch the bubbles.  Give your child a straw and have him/ her to blow into the water. Watch the bubbles form as your child blows. Very soon the bubbles will come tumbling over the top like a volcano. Add some food colouring to add to the excitement. Make sure your child is blowing out, not sucking in or they will have a very soapy mouth!!

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