12 Tips to Keep Your Kids Busy Without TV

It may surprise your kids to learn there was life before television. Also, before DVRs, before remote controls and before the hit TV shows Dora the Explorer and High School Musical.

At one time, parents kept their kids independently busy without the aid of television, freeing up valuable time to wash dishes, make phone calls, churn butter, scare away dinosaurs -- whatever responsible grown-ups did back then. Experts have warned us that televisions make lousy babysitters, so here are some contemporary TV-free suggestions to keep your kids doing their thing while you do yours.

Check out these 12 tips to keep your kids busy without TV.

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