Television Free Week is usually the last week of April every
year. However we challenge you to turn off the televisions
and think of creative and innovative
entertainment for the family for ONE week (try it, you'll like
I have planted this seed in many
of my families and friends minds
reasons why they cannot participate in this wonderful activity.
Only 7 days of turning off the television and people are
already going through withdrawals. This exercise will be a
experience this year; I am caring for my son and 3 nephews
for the entire week. The childrens ages are 2,3,6, and
8. We are already thinking of creative ideas to entertain ourselves.
My eight-year-old nephew and I brainstormed and came up with
some great ideas to keep us busy.
Have a walk after
dinner with the family. Bring a soccer ball and have a
Get everyone in his
or her pajamas and star gaze. Make your own telescopes.
Have a card game
Get out those dusty
board games and have fun. I love playing connect four with
the boys. Everyones minds are actively thinking up
the next strategy.
Have an early night
and wake up everyone before the sunrise and watch it together
sipping his or her morning juice on the front step.
Write a book with
the children. Begin with a theme and have everyone contribute.
You will get some amazingly funny details. Have everyone
draw pictures for the book.
Get in the habit
of writing journals every night. Give each person their
own book and take a few minutes each night to write about
their day, dreams and fears.
Make your own television
Go to the local library
and get some great books. Read for an hour or two in the
evening. (Start a weekly book club with the neighbours
and their children.
Begin an interesting
hobby such as knitting or radio building. The skys
This is just
the beginning of things you and your family can do when the
television is turned off. Forget all those excuses and turn
off those televisions. Keeping the television off will save
you few dollars in money but will generate hundreds of creative
ideas to be enjoyed.