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365 Unplugged Family Fun Activities: A Year's Worth Of Ideas For Tv-Free, Video-Free, & Computer Game-Free Entertainment by Steve & Ruth Bennett
365 pages Da Capo Press January 2005 Paperback rated 5 out of 5 stars   

Five stars and double the kudos to Steve and Ruth Bennett for coming up with a book filled with activities for families that, hold your breath, DO NOT REQUIRE A TELEVISION. 365 Unplugged Family Fun Activities offers a yearís worth of great ideas for fun that is TV-free, video-free and computer-free. Think your family can survive?

This compilation of fun and easy activities provides alternatives to sitting in front of a monitor all day, staring in a vegetative state, and makes spending time with kids more exciting and creative. Each activity is explained on one single page, most only require supplies readily found around the house, and all are designed to require only the minimal preparation necessary. All you have to do, mom or dad, is turn off the telly.

There are activities to do while in the car on road trips, waiting in doctorís offices or eating out at restaurants, on slow and lazy afternoons and on those days when school is out of session and itís raining outside. The authors have written many books of ideas for quality family time such as 365 Outdoor Activities You Can Do With Your Child, and in this latest offering they succeed at keeping up their quest to bring families together for fun that does not involve watching other people on TV having fun!

From making maps to macaroni math to creating treasure hunts and making bumper stickers, all of the 365 ideas will engage young kids with artistic activities, role playing, mind-challenging and skill-sharpening games that inspire creativity and imagination. There are word and memory games, puzzles, sing-alongs, name games, crafts and storytelling ideas that cover the interest levels of kids into a variety of subjects, from math to drawing to science to sports.

Also included are suggestions on how to make the activities age-appropriate for young toddlers to teens, and ways to get mom and pop involved in the action, too.

As the mom of a little boy who watches minimal TV, I can truly appreciate the efforts and the ideas behind 365 Unplugged Family Fun Activities. No amount of vicarious experience from television viewing provides the same enjoyment as an afternoon of hands-on fun that often requires little more than a mind ready to think, a heart ready to play, and a couple of household objects ready to be turned into the creative clay of young and eager hands.
 
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