We don't have TV in our house and don't miss it!
Here are our favorite things:
Paint on the sliding glass door (make paint by mixing equal parts flour and water and add food coloring but be sure to wipe it up before it's all dry. It's easier when it's still damp. Use a wet sponge.)
Play Starfall.com (okay, so it's still technically "screen time," but it's interactive learning and non-commercial, so we love it)
My 2-year-old and I will decide on a new toy to make for her and she will sit still and watch me make it for her - no joke! She gets so excited and I love that she's learning how to sew and make things by hand just by watching me.
Read library books (we check out as many as I'm able to carry home every week)
Crafts - I made an easy and very pretty mobile for DD by folding colorful origami paper cranes and stringing them up on string and hanging them from an old pie pan.
Bike ride - toddler goes in the bicycle trailer
Draw and color
Learning games - we practice counting and learning to read and write our letters
bake something tasty
Make your own pizza (let kids decorate a piece of pita bread with pizza sauce, cheese, veggies and other ingredients, then bake in the oven until it's toasted and enjoy!)
Go to the beach (park, forest, desert, insert favorite place in nature here)
Go for a walk
Make fairy houses outside from natural materials (bark, sticks, stones, grass, leaves, flowers)
Plant a mini garden (use small pots, old cups, whatever you have) and fill with potting soil and plant seeds, then water and watch them grow! Herbs are easy for kids to grow and you can use them all year long.
Kitchen science experiments
Let your kids start their own business. Children can sell their own handmade crafts on Etsy with parental supervision.
Volunteer at your local animal shelter, church, etc.
Wear gloves and take a couple of plastic shopping bags and clean up trash in your neighborhood.
Write and illustrate your own book. Then publish it! Coloring books are lots of fun to publish and give away as gifts. Copies are cheap.
Cut up old magazines and make a collage
Give kids a chance to earn some of their own money with some unusual chores.
Make jewelry from natural items you find outside.