Use movie soundtracks to steer kids away from the tube
Kirsten's brilliant hack brings to mind all the great movie soundtracks I used to listen to as a kid. Star Wars is the big one, but pretty much any John Williams score would do. Remember Close Encounters of the Third Kind? DO-DO-DO-DO-DOOOOOOO.
I found out long ago that my kids are more likely to play quietly (esp. in a different room than me) when there's music playing. But sometimes they really just want to watch that favorite show. That's where soundtracks come in. My kids will accept a soundtrack instead of a movie - and then they PLAY instead of WATCH. Awesome. Some of their favorites are: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Danny Elfman), the Heffalump movie, and Star Wars. I think some of the TV soundtracks would drive me crazy, but the movie ones are nice and work well.
What are your family's favorite sountracks?