Monday, April 20, 2009

No TV for a week!


Thanks to my friend, Joanne Miller, I have been informed that April 21-April 27 is no tv week.


I think I want to participate and I'm getting ready to have a conversation with my kids about this. So I wonder what will come of it? I think we'll have a great week full of great fun, that's what I think! Games for each night... visit friends.. Here is a list of things we could do... I found this on the internet.
The conversation went something like...no... no .... no ... When is it? Are you serious? But it's by birthday! What are we doing to do?
So I will blog about the things we found to do for the next week! :)

Interesting Facts:

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


Activities for the Family:

Volunteer in a school to teach reading, math, computer skills.
Learn to play the guitar or other musical instrument.
Attend community concerts.
Organize a community clean-up.
Put together a puzzle.
Visit the library. Borrow a book. Attend library activities.
Go ice skating or roller skating.
Listen to the radio.
Visit the zoo.
Paint a picture, a mural or a room.
Attend a high school sporting event.
Find out about your area's community center or park's activities.
Go swimming. Join a community swim team.
Read a book aloud to your younger sister/brother.
Plan a picnic or barbecue.
Go bird watching.
Volunteer for a community organization or charity.
Play with your pet.
Go dancing.
Write a letter to a friend or relative.
Learn to cook.
Plant a flower, vegetable or herb garden.
Read magazines or newspapers.
Plan a slumber party.
Start a neighborhood basketball, soccer, or kickball game.
Go camping (even if it's just in the backyard!).
Join a choir.
Go through your closets and clothes. Donate surplus items to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or a local rummage sale.
Start a diary/journal.
Go to a museum.
Take a nature hike. Collect seeds and leaves. Make a collage with the materials you collected and post it on the refrigerator.
Play cards.
Start a community exercise group that power walks, runs, or bikes.
Read a story to your younger brother or sister.
Get out the family photo album. Research your family history.
Go listen to a local band.
Make crafts to give as gifts.
Make up a story and write it down.
Learn to say simple phrases in a few different languages.
Ask an older family member to tell you a story about his or her childhood. Write about it.
Learn some new riddles or jokes.
Bake two batches of cookies; one for your family and one for a neighbor.
Watch the night sky through binoculars; identify the different constellations. Observe the moon.
Visit a local bookstore.
Go to a movie with your family or friends.
Walk to work or school.
Start a kids bowling league.
Train for a 5K race.
Teach a neighbor about a computer program.
Go fishing.
Begin a family project.
HAVE A PARTY TO CELEBRATE A TV-FREE WEEK.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I got your back too. We can do this.

Jo

GingerV said...

great list... good luck with the kids. they really do like to learn to cook. pizza from scratch, cooks, bread. (not machine) let us know how it turns out

Rachel Cotterill said...

I don't have a TV... somehow I still manage to be a very busy person! :) Hope you had fun with your TV-free week.

Jen said...

Hi!
Fab photos - all of them. My husband and I have not watched T.V. since early 2004. For me is started in '03.

We don't miss it, not one little bit. We do have a TV and it is plugged into the wall along with a DVD player. We watch movies, occasionally, but for the most part, we are never in front of a TV.

Life is better in reality, yes? :)