Sunday, April 19, 2009

National Turn Off TV Week--April 20-26

Next week is National Turn Off TV Week, how about turning off the TV for the whole week and engaging in one or all of these thirteen activities with your kids!?!

  1. Put a puzzle together.

  2. Plant flowers, herbs or a garden.

  3. Read aloud a book.

  4. Visit your local public museum.

  5. Go to the local public park.

  6. Take a nature hike.  Collect different items and make a collage.

  7. Go bowling.

  8. Visit the local bookstore.  Barnes & Nobles has events planned...go here to find a list.

  9. Play a board game together.

  10. Make a craft together. 

  11. Bake cookies together.

  12. Go camping or have a campout in your backyard.

  13. Visit the library.

Did you know???

  • Number of 30-second commercials seen in a year by an average child: 20,000
  • Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 38.5
  • Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680
  • Percentage of children ages 6-17 who have TV's in their bedrooms: 50
  • Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70
  • Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
  • Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500
  • Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66

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    Sherry said...

    Love these ideas!! I don't let our kids do any visual entertainment Monday through Friday although dh and I do watch a few shows at night. Maybe I can talk him into turning off. That would be an accomplishment in and of itself. LOL! ;D

    Amanda @ Mommy's Idea Book said...

    I think that's a great idea. I hardly ever watch t.v., but my kids watch too much t.v. in my opinion. Great post!