Stuck Inside? 25 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy -- Without Television!

Prevent cabin fever (and save your sanity!) with these fun crafts and activities (26 Photos)

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Stuck Inside? 25 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy -- Without Television!

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Turn Off the TV and Keep Your Kids Busy (and Having Fun!)

It may surprise your kids to learn there was life before television. Also, before DVRs, before remote controls and before Dora the Explorer.

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 entertained.

Cardboard Car
Good for ages: 4 and up

How cute is this toilet paper tube car craft from kifli es levendula? Start saving your empty rolls now, so you and your kids can make a garage full of these adorable autos. Simply paint the cardboard cylinders in bright colors and let dry, then cut out and paint (or color) circular "wheels" from a cardboard box and attach to the tube with brass-plated round head fasteners. Use scissors or an x-acto knife to cut a rectangular slot on the top of the tube and push the flap back to create a seat. Then let your kids decorate their vehicles with numbers, chevron stripes...or whatever strikes their fancy. Add a masking tape starting line and you've got the makings of a race!

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