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Lensmasters Share: 30 Ideas For Keeping Kids Busy Without TV

A recent quest asked lensmasters to create a new lens that shared ideas for keeping children busy during inclement weather (or even on a nice day) without resorting to television and boy oh boy did they come through. You’ll find all kinds of fun ways to keep the kiddies occupied with games, cards, crafts and more. Take a look.

The Family Magazine

1. The Family Magazine

One winter day, I announced to the stir- crazy kids that we were going to put out a Family News Magazine. This was met with skeptical stares and eye- rolling. As the Editor- In- Chief, I decided I needed to assign some tasks. I told each of the four that t…

Celebrate Chocolate Day - Make Edible Pictures

2. Celebrate Chocolate Day – Make Edible Pictures

Chocolates days. the number of national and international days celebrated around the world should tell us something about our love of the stuff! Chocolate comes in many varieties – milk, white and dark – we all have our own favourite. I prefer the dark var…

Three Card Games for Kids

3. Three Card Games for Kids

The weather just isn’t cooperating and you have children that need to be entertained. You spy that deck of cards on your shelf. What if you could occupy them for a while with a card game? You grab the deck and try to think of a game. I have three idea…

Snowy or Rainy Day? Issue a Lego Challenge for Your Kids!

4. Snowy or Rainy Day? Issue a Lego Challenge for Your Kids!

As a parent, I am constantly challenged with snowy days and rainy days where I find my daughters glued to the T. V. or fixated with their iPad, iPod and cell phones. Recently, when I was cleaning out the basement, I encountered a huge tub of Legos (if you…

Advent Calendar for Screen-Free Week

5. Advent Calendar for Screen-Free Week

Screen- Free Week is May 5 through 11. I’m guessing you want to participate because you think your child’s TV watching is a bit out of hand, or maybe you just want the challenge of testing how deep into easy ruts your family has gotten. Restricti…

Entertainment for the Kids when TV is Not an Option

6. Entertainment for the Kids when TV is Not an Option

When you want to entertain the kids without resorting to the TV, then it can be a good idea to appeal to their curiosity and help educate them as well, though sometimes just the sheer fun of doing things together can be enough to keep them occupied for lon…

How to Keep the Kids Entertained at Home on a Cold Snowy Day with No TV!

7. How to Keep the Kids Entertained at Home on a Cold Snowy Day with No TV!

Picture this: it’s a very cold snowy day outside. the schools are closed due to the bad weather. the wind is blasting. there is no TV in the house. and the kids are bored. how do you keep your kids entertained for a few hours withou losing your sanity…

7 ways to keep a kid busy without TV Shows

8. 7 ways to keep a kid busy without TV Shows

Watching TV excessively can have adverse effect on a kid’s health and overall development. It numbs a kid’s mind and promotes sedentary lifestyle. Though a few channels like National Geography and Discovery Channel can be educative and informativ…

Rainy Day - Don't Despair

9. Rainy Day – Don’t Despair

Let’s whoop with joy, it’s raining again and it feels like it’s been raining for weeks. The kids are bouncing off the walls and you can feel the cabin fever starting to take hold. Let’s face it we’ve all been there a…

Hula Hooping For Beginners

10. Hula Hooping For Beginners

Hula hooping is a great way to have fun and entertain your kids, and on the plus side its also a great way to keep fit. Anyone can hula hoop and anyone can become a great hula hooper, all you need is practice and some great tips to get you started. If you…

10 Recipes to make on a Stay Inside day

11. 10 Recipes to make on a Stay Inside day

Rainy days often put people down, but why not pop into the kitchen and whip up a quick, sweet and tasty treat? However, these recipes don’t have to be only for rainy days, they can be really hot days when its too hot to be outside or even just days wh…

Snow Days, Rain Days, I Can't Go Out and Play Days

12. Snow Days, Rain Days, I Can’t Go Out and Play Days

but there are times when you won’t want to go. I can think of times when it was snowing and it was so cold out that in less than 15 minutes, even if you bundled up well, your toes and nose and fingers would get so cold that you just could not stay out…

Don't forget the only children...

13. Don’t forget the only children…

Keeping only children entertained can be extremely difficult, full stop. Keeping them entertained when they can’t go outside (without resorting to the TV) is even harder. But don’t worry: with these top tips, your child won’t even want to pa…

How To Stay Entertained Without TV

14. How To Stay Entertained Without TV

There are tons of things to do and ways to have fun without watching television. Have you ever found yourself experiencing some terrible weather and been left with no electricity and nothing to do? It’s hard to entertain ourselves when we have become…

Keeping kids busy without TV

15. Keeping kids busy without TV

Of course there’s more to children’s education than just keeping them active. Nowadays, they are busy when they watch TV, they are busy when they chat on the web, they are busy when they are hooked up with videogames. They are out of the way, tha…

Keeping Tweens from the Screens: Projects to Peel Kids away from TV and Computer Screens

16. Keeping Tweens from the Screens: Projects to Peel Kids away from TV and Computer Screens

Perhaps the most difficult task of finding a great project is finding where your tween is. Sometimes this is literal. Most of the time pinpointing where your tween’s interest is at that second is the key challenge in finding the right project. Once yo…

How to keep your kids busy with no TV

17. How to keep your kids busy with no TV

In recent years, kids, even toddlers, have become addicted to electronics and TV. It’s become sadly mundane to see even 3 and 4 year olds glued to the screen like little flies, spending their childhood trying to level up in games or catching another e…

Entertaining Rugrats

18. Entertaining Rugrats

Admittedly, I am not a parent. I am, however, the aunt to 36 little curtain climbers. They range in age from infants to teens. Not to brag, but I am the fun aunt. Just because I don’t have children of my own, doesn’t mean that I don’t love t…

Keeping Children Busy Without Electronics

19. Keeping Children Busy Without Electronics

When my honey and I made the commitment to become foster parents we lived on a rural homestead in Alaska. We had no TV, cell phones, video games, or even eReaders. Together, we decided we didn’t need any of those things in order to parent. Our one ele…

Winter Fun for Kids

20. Winter Fun for Kids

I’ve been a parent for a long time. And over the years, I’ve heard many parents (including my own wife) say these words: They’re driving me crazy! Yep, kids are like that. They are constantly moving bundles of energy, at least until they hit…

Keep Your Kids Busy

21. Keep Your Kids Busy

Today television and social media play a huge role with kids learning, but sometimes you don’t want your kids sitting in front of the television all day long. There seems to be some mixed reviews about television, video games, and social media. My per…

Rainy Day Games

22. Rainy Day Games

We have to admit that there’s a whole world of exciting adventure that can be found behind the screen of a computer of TV, but kids often get to caught up in that world and miss out on the excitement the real world has to offer. It’s a scientific…

Settlers Of Catan Board Game Review

23. Settlers Of Catan Board Game Review

What do you do with the kids if you have no TV, or if it’s broken? Playing a board game, like Settlers of Catan is a good choice. Settlers will get you talking to each other and interacting for an hour or more. Come to think of it, if your TV is worki…

Board Games for the Bored

24. Board Games for the Bored

If there was one sentence, that was never spoken twice by the same child in my childhood home, it was ‘I’m bored. ‘ See, Momma could find you something to do, faster than you could get out of the room! Since there was always yard work, hedge…

Make Papertoy Monsters!

25. Make Papertoy Monsters!

We have two 13- year- old daughters that sometimes need something to do. One hates TV, which is not a bad thing, but she becomes the complaining party pooper when we have family movie night. Our other daughter loves TV and we have to restrict her watching…

rainy day projects

26. rainy day projects

When my grandchildren are here I want to spend the time with them so we ignore the TV, a feat made easier by the Florida weather. We normally spend our time outside at the beach or the park but we have been known to explore my backyard for bugs or try out…

Bad Weather - Fun Indoor Activities For Kids Besides Watching TV

27. Bad Weather – Fun Indoor Activities For Kids Besides Watching TV

As the kids were growing up and there was no TV, I would let them pick out a jigsaw puzzle to put together. The table would get cleared in the kitchen inorder to have a space big enough to put the jigsaw puzzle together. The kids usually had their choice i…

Send Your Kids to Summer Camp!

28. Send Your Kids to Summer Camp!

This is my camp story. Every kid should have one. I grew up attending camps. When I was old enough, I began to lead as a counselor. Later I was a director of special camps. Then I was the dean. Finally, I was the staff chaplain. This coming year? I will be…

Keeping Kids Busy Without Using TV

29. Keeping Kids Busy Without Using TV

Trust me, it is so difficult to convince your kids they would rather do something than play video games or watch tv but the good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to help get them switched over into play mode! While you may not want to hav…

My living room was a magical forest, I was Alice, and my imagination ran wild

30. My living room was a magical forest, I was Alice, and my imagination ran wild

I crawled across the forest floor, my dolls were little creatures in the vast wilderness around me. There was a Queen’s castle made from an old fan and a large bed sheet, it was quite the windy place. My mom was this elegant rabbit, in a hurry moving…

Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at Squidoo.com where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/getmoreinfo getmoreinfo

    Keeping kids entertained without tv is a challenge but these lenses give some great ideas and solutions for any family to enjoy.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

    What great ideas in these lenses! Great job.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/favored1 favored1

    So many good ideas. Wonder if it works with husbands :)

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/tonyleather tonyleather

    Happy to see my lens featured. Thanks!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rms rms

      You’re welcome.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/susan369 susan369

    My kid never watches TV – however, he’s permanently glued to YouTube and the Xbox. Same thing, I guess.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/pritb2 pritb2

    My children watch TV, but i make sure it helps them in getting what the world is about. TV is not a cures. Great 30 ideas Robin.

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