Poll Discussion Post: Time Allocation of Activities Each Day

For today’s poll, I wanted to talk about how your child’s time is allocated through the day. This can help people get an idea of what trends are for these activities. Please round to the nearest quarter of an hour, so 1 hour 15 minutes, 1 hour 30 minutes, etc. Take a typical day.

  1. What age is your child?
  2. About how many hours a day is your child asleep?
  3. About how many hours a day is your child doing structured playtime? Structured playtime is things like independent play, blanket time, learning time, SSR, etc….even sibling play can be structured. This is when you choose the location, time, duration, and activity.
  4. About how many hours a day is your child doing free playtime? Free play is when your child chooses the activity done. You likely still choose the time slot in the day, but the things done during this time are chosen by you.
  5. About how many hours is your child doing other activities (this is just 24 minus the total of 2-4. These activities will include things like getting ready for the day and meals).

You can read more about free play here and structured play here.

2 thoughts on “Poll Discussion Post: Time Allocation of Activities Each Day”

  1. 1. Youngest child is five years old, a month away from being 6.2. He sleeps about 9-10 hours per night with about 0 hours of nap per day. This is because we are having nighttime fear issues and nap time is canceled at kindergarten. We strive for 11-12 hours per day given no nighttime issues.3. His structured play is about 45 minutes per day.4. HIs free playtime is about 2 hours per day.5. For about 11 hours per day, he is getting ready, going to school, eating meals, doing homework, attending activities, and other things.

  2. 1) 2 years old2) 2.5 hours during the day, 11.5 hours at night3) 2 hours total of structured4) 2 hours a day of total free play4) 6 hours total of other activities


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