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Entertaining Kids Without TV

By Parentingsmh @parentingsmh
It's been a crafty, crafty weekend, what with Halloween on the horizon, and not to mention the ridiculous weather.  Snow before Halloween?  What the heck was that?  In my neck of the woods we had rain all day on Saturday, which means I was stuck in the house with two energetic boys, who I had to entertain.

Thank goodness for functional decor.  A few years ago when we were decorating the boys' room, I had an idea to create a chalkboard on their closet doors.  It was very easy to do.  All you need is chalkboard paint and a flat surface to paint on, and you've got yourself a chalkboard.

Entertaining Kids Without TV

With the boys being stuck in the house, that was our first go to activity.  Armed with sidewalk chalk, M and J, embarked on a mission to create, and well, do some scribbling.  

Entertaining Kids Without TV

The boys drew pictures and M practiced his letters.

I was also thankful for a few fun child-friendly apps I downloaded on my droid for entertainment emergencies such as this one.  Apps like Kids Doodle, Kids Shape Puzzle, Kids Connect the Dots, and Kids Numbers and Math, really helped to ward of television for a while.  The kids had a blast with the doodles.  J especially liked watching the different color lines show up on the screen.  M, as usual was a wiz with the puzzles and numbers.  It was  a great way to keep them occupied and introduce them to technology.
There are also iphone versions of most of these apps which you can find on itunes or the apple app market.  Enjoy!

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