Average Day of a 5-7 Year-Old

Combining available data about the daily habits of 5- to 7-year olds with information about younger school-aged children more generally provides insight into several features of an average day for a child in this age group. While many basic elements of a typical day are similar globally, the details of each feature can vary widely by country.

In other posts, we have provided high-level overview reports on the following topics which you may find useful;

Wake-up Time


Offline Extracurricular Activities

Screen Time

  • Around 98% of children 8 years or younger in the United States live in a home with at least one internet-connected device. Children between the ages of 5 and 8 spend around 3 hours a day on screens. Similar statistics apply to Canadian children.
  • Although most American children spend more time on screens than recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 75% of parents surveyed said that they believed their child spends the right amount or not enough time with screen media.
  • The government of Taiwan passed a law in 2015 creating fines for parents who let their children spend an excessive amount of time on screen media. The law did not define how much time was too much, however.


  • A study tracking the growth and development of 14,000 children born in the United States in 2001 found that when the children were kindergartners (typical age 5-6) their median bedtime was 8:30 pm. The earliest bedtime was 8 p.m., and 10% of the sample went to bed later than 9:30 p.m.
  • The 2012 study of English children born in 1991 and 1992 reports that the average bedtime for 6- and 7-year olds was around 8 p.m.
  • Children seem to be sleeping less overall over time although this varies by country.
Glenn is the Lead Operations Research Analyst at The Digital Momentum with experience in research, statistical data analysis and interview techniques. A holder of degree in Economics. A true specialist in quantitative and qualitative research.

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