How to Strike a Balance with Outdoor and Online Activities This Summer

Summer blog series #4

July 7, 2016


At Home

Despite the long summer days, sometimes it can be hard to coax the kids out of the house and away from their screens. So how do you make screen time productive while balancing that with exploring the great outdoors? Read on for some ideas!

Use screen time wisely

Kids are going to use technology at least some of the summer—and that’s not a bad thing! So much knowledge is right at our fingertips now, it’d be a shame not to take advantage of it. If you’re looking for a place to start, try some of these apps that cover topics from animation to coding. To prevent summer brain drain (the loss of learning acquired during the school year), check out IXL, which offers thousands of fun ways to practice math, language arts, science, and social studies.

Know when it’s time to head outside

Designate a set amount of time for apps or computer and video games, and then organize some outdoor activities. It could be as simple as a walk in the local park or a family bike ride. Exposure to natural settings can reduce stress and help keep kids healthy, both mentally and physically. For a fun way to keep track of how much time your family is spending on green time versus screen time, use this tool.

Make time for creativity

With so much of their days structured, today’s kids also need time to entertain themselves. Whether that’s independent reading, drawing, tinkering with Legos, or building a fort outside, give kids the space to feed their imaginations. You’ll not only encourage self-sufficiency, but you’ll also help your child develop problem-solving abilities.

Enjoy the night sky

Summer nights are the perfect time to brush up on astronomy. Find a dark hill away from light pollution and try to find the summer constellations. With the ability to sleep in, summer is the perfect time to treat kids to a late night that will inspire their curiosity about our solar system.


How do you balance green time and screen time?

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All Comments (8)

Kaitlyn July 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm

I am wondering if questions from science and social studies will be counted if we have subscribed them too…


The IXL Team July 11, 2016 at 10:34 am

Hi Kaitlyn, yes, questions from any subject you’re subscribed to, including science and social studies, will count towards the summer usage contest. You can find the answers to other FAQs here:


shourik das July 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Hi, I have a subscription to both math and Ela, which are on two diffrerent usernames but on me, will they both count as one for the contest?


The IXL Team July 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm

Hi Shourik, unfortunately, your two separate accounts will not be counted together for the contest. Your practice is linked to each account’s username and we are not able to combine them. Please direct any further contest questions to


arya July 27, 2016 at 12:04 am

nice blog


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Kaitlyn July 29, 2016 at 9:11 am


waiting eagerly for leaderboard results…when are you going to update


The IXL Team July 29, 2016 at 9:52 am

Hi Kaitlyn, the leaderboard update will be posted later today. Keep an eye on our blog or social media for an announcement.


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