TV-Free Brainstorm

By , September 23, 2009 9:45 am

Are you trying Turnoff Week this week? Don’t know what to do? It’s Wednesday, are you running out of ideas? Here’s a brainstorming-type list. See if you can find some inspiration here:

– Cook together – Bake fun goodies or make dinner.  Try something exotic – kids are far more likely to eat “weird” food if they make it themselves. Have a Kids Cook Night!

– Be tourists – visit a local attraction that you have never visited before.

– Try a craft or an art project. For ideas, you can always search the old Unplugged Projects (the category is: “Unplugged Project” of course!).  Be sure to check out readers’ links for ideas too.

Flip a rock to see what’s under it.  Photograph, draw, or write about your results.

– Go outside and play.  If you live in a city and have no yard, then go to the park.

– Read a book out loud.  By the way, you don’t have to read only simple picture books to toddlers.  They love those, but a nice, appropriate chapter book read in bits can hold their attention (and yours) too.

– Put on some music and dance.

– Dejunk your house, or a room of your house.  Eliminating and organizing stuff might not always be fun, but it leaves you with a lightness of spirit when you are done.  Here’s a post with some ideas for what to do with your cast-offs:  Sort, Junk, Donate.

– Volunteer with your child for a local charity.  If you are unfamiliar with the organization it is best to call first to find out what they need and whether a child the age of yours would be welcome.

– Play some board games together, or have a formal family game night. My advice for preserving your sanity: try to pick a game that your children like, but that is not deadly boring for the adult participants. (ie. stay away from Candyland – that one sends me into an immediate coma.)

– Write a story together and illustrate it.

– Play with your pets, wash the dog, teach him dog tricks, put the cat away and get the bird out …

– Learn a new skill together: knitting, crocheting, French knitting (aka. corking, mushroom knitting, knitting knobby, knitting nancy, spool knitting), finger knitting, weaving, embroidery, needlepoint, wool felting. If you don’t have a French knitter, make one out of a tin can.  If you don’t have a weaving loom, make one out of a picture frame!

– Take a walk around your neighborhood, or be adventurous and go on a real “nature hike!” Check out these sites for more outdoors/nature-related ideas: Backyard Nature, Green Hour

– Organize a family (or neighborhood) soccer game.  Or basketball, or baseball, or tag, or “Mother May I…”

– When all else fails…bring out the Mommy I’m Bored Box.

4 Responses to “TV-Free Brainstorm”

  1. Sarah Nishioka says:

    I appreciate your comments and suggestions. Would like to hear more, as it comes. Thank you. Connected to you through Kids Craft Weekly.

  2. Sarah says:

    Would love to receive more ideas. Thank you.

  3. Mom Unplugged says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks so much for your comment! Please stay in touch, I post new ideas as I have them. I hope people find them to be helpful.

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