Sunday, July 29, 2007

More Ideas for No TV Month

I have 3 days to make a schedule of activities for our No TV Month. I know that if we just try to wing it, there will be more whining and boredom than if I make a plan, even if we have to deviate from that plan from time to time. No TV Month doesn't mean that every night has to be Family Fun Night either! That is something that we will incorporate into our week, hopefully at least 1 0r 2 nights each week, but the goal is also for each person to be able to find ways to entertain him or herself without relying on the television or computer!

One thing my younger kids already do frequently is listen to story tapes ( the "Adventures in Odyssey" programs are a particular favorite ) while they color or draw. Since my 8-yr-old will listen to the same stories over and over and over, we encourage him to use headphones. HearthSong catalog has some neat drawing sets - Fashion Design Studio and Car Design Workshop - that my kids enjoy. They also really like these coloring books from Mindware.

Right now Jason and one of his buddies are sprawled out on the living room floor with a 3-ring binder, empty trading card pages, and a gazillion baseball cards which they are sorting by team and putting into the pages. So working on a collection or a hobby like building models can fill time currently occupied with television and video games.

Letter writing is somewhat of a lost art these days. Email just isn't the same as a letter written on stationery with your own handwriting and mailed to the recipient. So an evening every once in a while spent writing letters to family members, far-flung friends, missionaries, soldiers would be an excellent way to practice writing skills and bless someone else at the same time.

Create greeting cards with an assortment of papers, inks, and rubber stamps! You can even make your own envelopes from white copy paper, or use scraps of leftover gift wrap for a one-of-a-kind special delivery.

There are tons of ideas online. Check out one of my favorite sites for learning activities for kids - http://www.enchantedlearning.com/ There is enough on that site alone to keep your kids busy for an entire month! Another favorite resource of mine is Family Fun magazine, and its online counterpart - http://www.familyfun.com/

Go to The Tree House for a whole lot of ideas for Old Fashioned Family Fun.

Author Jan Brett's website is full of fun activities, games, coloring pages, and more for children. http://www.janbrett.com/

<><

1 comment:

Creech Family said...

Wow! You've found such great ideas that I won't have to do any research!! D wants one night (or more?) to be "music" night where we sing/play instruments/listen to CDs/etc together. And at least 2 times during the month we are going to visit the local nursing home (we used to do that weekly with our former church)which not only is something to do together and do for others but the children love reading poetry, singing songs, handing out cards, etc. when they are there so we will have one or more "get ready for nursing home" night(s) before the visits. let me know any other ideas you all come up with!
-F