Non-screen ideas for organizing children during social gatherings? Talk amongst yourselves.
As the holidays approach, so do the potlucks and dinner parties and get-togethers that mark the season. My good friends, Mary Wells and Bryce, wonder how folks occupy the kids once the adults are ready to settle into a little grownup conversation. Is TV the only answer?
We often find ourselves sending the kids off to watch a movie so the grownups can relax during dinners with friends. The other night we were dreaming about media alternatives that would involve groups of kids (like three or more) and keep them from popping up and constantly interrupting the adult flow. Perhaps setting a fun task- like putting on a show or a concert, or bringing a bunch of clay (obviously a bit problematic!)? We wondered what other ideas had worked for people, especially with mixed ages of kids and inside, since around here it's either too dark or too rainy for outside play during much of the year.
It's a great question -- we've never come up with a suitable alternative that both entertains and keeps the collective noise level under a dull roar. Have you?