She's got some great discussions going on, the last one specifically about kids and T.V., check it out.
What I would like to ask you friends and family readers is what are the top three activities you do with your children besides have them hanging out watching T.V.?
For example, we have an "art drawer", where they can go and find the materials to paint and draw and clay (I really need to replenish the play dough, any good recipes out there?) to their hearts' content. We have a drawer in the kitchen that houses all of this junk, tons of paper, etc. and they have full-reign of the kitchen table. This activity occupies them for 30 minutes to an hour depending on the "project" given. By the way, if I haven't told you yet, my favorite watercolors are the Ikea art kit ones, their color is the best and they are the best deal (I find myself buying the Crayola watercolors a lot, and they seem expensive to me for their short life and dull colors). The $5.99 kit comes with pencils and thickish crayons too, which are great. I bought 2 more packs last week (just to have an extra on hand or for a quick gift, since I really won't need it for a year or so, really the colors hold so well and are quite vibrant.) and the pack of Ikea paper $4.99. I haven't yet allowed them to do this over the new carpet in the basement (AK would die), but I think it would be awesome and I definitely have room for some easels and the huge PB Kids paper roll and the darling craft table set-up shown above (in my lovely dreams). Maybe we should have gotten the "family friendlier" carpet? Check out the darling budget craft tables at Ikea, like this one for $19.99 (ours is currently outside, but has the art marks to prove our love). Maybe we should have gotten the "family friendlier" carpet?
Along these lines, etc. what are your favorite diversion, creative, chore-related, etc. tactics to avoid the drone of the T.V.? And if you feel to elaborate, what are your T.V./movie rules?