45 Things To Do Instead Of Turning On The TV Printable

It is school holidays here in Australia and I thought that it might be the perfect time to revisit a range of easy, playful alternatives for those moments when you feel the TV has been on more than you intended, which I am sure happens to most of us at times. Incorporating the ideas from both Kate and Tricia‘s popular posts from last year, this list of 45 playful ideas primarily utilises bits and bobs from around your home or free places to visit within your local community.  The list is printable, useful for hanging on the fridge or in the playroom as a prompt for both you and your children, especially when the “I’m bored”s come to visit.  I know I find it handy to have a ready list of ideas for those exact moments.

You can download a colour version here or black and white here.

To print: Created at A4 page size you might need to select “Fit to printable area” (or similar) depending upon your printer type and paper size.

And don’t miss our other free printable activity poster: 101 WAYS TO PLAY OUTDOORS


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  1. Love it, what a clever idea, thanks.

  2. I haven’t been feeling very well, plus I’ve had a lot of work to do lately and I’ve been meaning to turn on the TV to get myself some time… but I haven’t needed to. My kids have been amazing constantly making up new games and entertaining themselves wherever they are. I might have to use your ideas soon though ;)

  3. I love this list!! It’s a perfect reminder that simple activities can be the most entertaining. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for making it a printable. :)

  4. Jodie Van Der Zwan says:

    What a wonderful list!! Thanks

  5. That’s beautiful! So many things to do instead of spacing out in front of the box!

  6. Earlier this morning i was googling activities to do with my kids.
    Little did I know I just needed to check my blog feed, as there you were “More Things To Do Instead Of Turning On The TV” click, click & print.
    Thanks Chrisite my boys and I will be busy with this list of 45.

    See you around,

  7. Amanda Eastment says:

    A great list Christie. You must have known I had the tv on ; ) Time to go outside!

  8. What a fantastic list!! Thank you for sharing this, am printing it straight off now to give me some reminders of fun activities x

  9. This is fabulous! I’ve been trying to include a free holiday hint on our FB page for the last week or so. But this is just perfect. I’m posting it up now!!

  10. Thanks Christie, it’s a great list. But please don’t beat yourself up too much if you find yourself resorting to TV/videos more than you’d like once bub arrives. Sometimes your sanity is more important than doing it all just right. She won’t get “dumbed down”; you’ve obviously already done such a great job of exposing her to so many things and teaching her to be resourceful. That said, I do need to look at this list! x

  11. Loveliness.

  12. Just wonderful.

  13. Love it! Great ideas Christie

  14. Great list!!! And I think I’ll write each idea in a small piece of paper, put them all in a jar so that my daughter will pick one each time. :-)

  15. I love your list (and your blog). I’m so happy I’ve found you. I’ll be a regular visitor from now on. I’ve just started blogging myself. Drop by if you get a chance. Rx

  16. Great list! I love playing drawing on your back. This is a great “i’m bored” list.

  17. Thankyou so much for these ideas. I have shared them as the parent post on my class blog… I hope it keeps my little learners engaged over the holidays!

  18. I’d like to get this translated for you – I can do German and my sister can do French.

    Is that OK with you? I’d send you the finished PDFs.

    Which font did you use?

    Kind regards,

    Edd Turner (British Trainee Kindergartener living in Germany)

  19. Wonderfull idea! I tranlate it in Greek! Take a look!

  20. Love it. Thank you. Since we don’t even have a t.v this is a great reminder of all our options!

  21. This is great.
    I am stuck indoors this winter with a prem baby & a 2 yr old. Dr’s orders, keeping her safe from flu season which means toddler has to stay away from other kids also. There are some great ideas on here, thank you!

  22. Thank you for the great ideas :)

  23. Beverley says:

    Love it! Pinned it :)

  24. I *love* this list! Thank you for sharing this. I just pinned it!

  25. Thank you for this list! I’m hanging it on the fridge today for everyday inspiration!

  26. Christie- I found you via Pinterest. If you have time, every Friday I host a link party with over 100 bloggers, 800+ readers and 700+ subscribers called Family Fun Friday. I’d love it if you’d share this post (there is a good chance I’ll feature it). I’m a leader in a MOPS group and my readers are young moms with young kids. The party grows every week – I hope you can join in on the fun!

  27. Julie Price says:

    Hi Christine, absolutely love your post, thanks for getting the message of play out there. Do you make no if I use your posters on my FB page for family learning at YMCABedfordshire?

    Thank you


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