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let's make a list: 100 things we like to do instead of watching TV

post #1 of 51
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This board gets a little sleepy sometimes. I thought we could start a list of things to do away from the screen--things for kids, things for adults, things for families together, outrageous things, simple things, silly things, wild things, calming things, relaxing things, free things, extravagant things, obvious things, unusual things.

I'll start with 5

read poetry aloud
practice handstands, cartwheels and somersaults in the yard
take a bath with someone you love
have a talent show--singing, dancing, poetry recitation and wrestling demonstrations encouraged
invite someone new and interesting to dinner

What are your faves?
post #2 of 51
*play with the dogs... really play, not just tossing the toy and walking off. Running, wrestling, and dirt encouraged (preferably outside!).

*read novels aloud, complete with "voices" and a touch of theatrics.

*study the religious book of your choice together.

*cook something "gourmet" and time-consuming, from scratch. Try something exotic, or maybe a fancy, delectable dessert.

*try some yoga or pilates.

*journal


....I'll have to come back with more later!
post #3 of 51
Build forts in the living room

Put on music and dance

Go through cookbooks and mark recipes to try (I like to do this with one eye on the kids)

Tape up a big piece of paper and draw

Birdwatch
post #4 of 51
Live! Include baby/kids in everyday activities/chores.

Doing laundry/folding it, sweeping the floors, dustbusting =)
Gardening.
Making Food.
Playing Outside, "exploring" , playing with animals, taking a walk, collecting bugs/leaves/butterflys/rocks and making a cool box to put them in
Play ball on the floor with baby.
have music time and sing favorite songs...make actions to them
have reading time
nap time
exercise time
cleaning time
dance to music time
make up stories while cooking time =)
prayer/meditation time
Chase the walking baby time

I like u'r thread idea, btw
post #5 of 51
#31-do a puzzle

#32-go to the park

#33-go visit someone
post #6 of 51
read book after book after book together (we are still on board books)

play "smash" with play-dough, or in the sand box

Take a walk and collect sticks

Teach baby brother to dance (is is so cute and funny)

Lots of snuggles and hugs and kisses

Read a book when the babies are down.

Clean! My house is so much cleaner and organized now that we don't have a TV on all the time.
post #7 of 51
Play board games (let the littlest ones make up their own rules)
Paint
Get out the kids musical instruments and make music
Catch bugs, toads, or whatever the kids can find
post #8 of 51
we are newly tv free (mainly because I haven't bought a converter box....and now don't plan to). My dd's favorite thing is to play with glitter! We have also started writing letters to family. I hope they start writing back
post #9 of 51
weed the garden
hang the laundry on the line (my helpers do this with me)
go to the park
play dress up
run in the sprinkler
post #10 of 51
All-family dance party
Bake cookies
Drawing (that's my husband and kids,not me!)
Re-arrange our seasonal table
Kids collect rocks and fossils in the yard
post #11 of 51
Dig a big hole in the dirt
Fill it with water
Get muddy
Hose off or run through sprinkler
Make homemade blackberry smoothie popsicles
Eat them on the porch
See who has the dirtiest, most tie-dyed looking clothes at day's end!
post #12 of 51
Just thought of the best one! Amateur family music fest (harmonica is everyones favorite)
post #13 of 51
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Originally Posted by henny penny View Post
Dig a big hole in the dirt
Fill it with water
Get muddy
Hose off or run through sprinkler
Make homemade blackberry smoothie popsicles
Eat them on the porch
See who has the dirtiest, most tie-dyed looking clothes at day's end!
i have to remember this one as we are coming up to summer here! can you please share your recipe for blackberry smoothie popsicles?
post #14 of 51
Watch the across-the-street neighbors getting a new driveway (a month of front loading, fork-lifting, jack-hammering, dump-truck dumping, and brick laying).

Also watch the next-door neighbors have a tree cut down and watching the branches get shredded in the "tree eater" and the pieces get shot into the dump truck!

Way better than TV!
post #15 of 51
*Help mama find the balls when the dog drops them when playing fetch
*practice walking around holding hands
*dance
*read a ton of books
*go to the library for read alouds
*just wander around playing with random everyday objects

post #16 of 51
Make up stories to tell... the original post dinner entertainment.
post #17 of 51
Play cards
Go on a bike ride
Meal planning
Food shopping
Cooking
Watching slugs/catepillars/insects
post #18 of 51
we like to pick up trash outside
go for bike rides
go for walks
throw rocks in the lake
feed the ducks
tree rubbings
cook
puppet show
family game night


to name a fe
post #19 of 51
Sew
Read aloud to the baby
post #20 of 51
Live in ghetto and open the blinds. (more entertaining than any show)
Play air hockey.
Listen to the AM Radio.
Play in the rain.
Invite people over for dinner and watch them squirm when there is no tv to watch afterwards.
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