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.