Unplug Your Kids is one of my favorite blogs. I actually rarely meet people who are serious about limiting television viewing so it is so nice to find someone who shares my views. Well, I should disclose that unlike Mom Unplugged, we do have a television and I do allow my kids to watch it - although only 30 minutes per day. Many days they do not choose to watch at all, but when they do, they are only allowed one 30-minute video.
For this reason, I was excited to see this post on How to Get By Without the Electronic Babysitting Box with ideas of fun things for the kids to do. I made trays like the one pictured and it was a hit with both my kids, aged 4 and 2. My 2 year old does not talk much but he learned the word "bean" very fast so he could request his new favorite activity. This amused them for HOURS over the course of a week and was completely free, just things I already had in my kitchen.