Children and TV: Turn Off the Tube, It’s Play Time!

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Inspiring our children to grow up into imaginative, problem solving, creative individuals may seem like a daunting task, but it can be rather simple. Here are a few ideas to try, that incorporate these qualities:

  1. Paint your child’s room with chalkboard paint. Enjoy and encourage the drawing of pictures, writing stories, and inspiring words. They’ll go to sleep every night surrounded in their masterpiece.
  2. Speaking of chalk, a simple game of hopscotch, or tic-tac-toe or hangman is so much fun in the driveway
  3. Take a walk to the playground, but first draw a map of your area. Have your child decide and color in the way you will take to get there.
  4. Turn on the music and simply dance and sing. Make up new words to favorite songs.
  5. Read books. Instead of finishing it, have your children make up the ending. Have them create an entire story based off the pictures. This is a great way to exercise originality, imagination, and creative problem solving.
  6. Play the classic cloud game. Asking your child to tell you what things or shapes he sees in the clouds may open up endless teachable moments.

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These ideas are just a few opportunities out of millions to help our children learn and develop their own imaginations and creativity. They grow up so fast. Do we really want to risk the chance of giving our child’s precious mind to too much TV and video games? I believe more playing would be beneficial, not only to them, but to us as their parents. Taking time each day to play with our children can direct them to think and learn creatively, and even allow us to get to know each other better.

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Children and TV: Turn Off the Tube, It’s Play Time!

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8 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    baby love tv but she loves to play too

  2. mommy nhoj says:

    Our 10 month old baby loves watching baby tv, baby einstein and the like nursery rhymes. But we are trying to limit it to 30 mins max esp if I need some time doing chores. We play on the floor together. Mostly mommy following where’s baby going. She also loves book or the idea of reading and story telling.

  3. Heatherly says:

    Oh my this is a great article! We got rid of our t.v. over 15 years ago and none of us regret it. Oh sure, we watch an occasional parent-approved movie once or twice a week on the laptop. But my children don’t see commercials. No computer games. They play with eachother. I play games with them. We read. We bake or cook together. I was told once that nobody gets any smarter by watching t.v.

  4. Grace says:

    having trouble with what to keep my youngsters doing now that winter is in and i have a newborn to care for

  5. emi285 says:

    Don’t forget Playdough!! The stuff is awesome for creative play, and it’s cheap. Put them at the table (cover the table in wax paper for easy clean up) so you don’t get any in the carpet though 🙂

  6. Greer says:

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT? REALLY????

  7. Kevryn says:

    My kids love going outside

  8. HMomOf4 says:

    I agree with this completely! my kids are outside as much as we were as kids!

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