Artwork During TV Time

Artwork During TV Time

We lived in Africa when my son was between the ages of 1 and 5. When we went to Africa, we took some videos featuring Public TV programs for children. When we moved back to this country, he had basically never seen a commercial message on television targeting children. (He had watched Public TV and assumed that there was only Public TV).

For a while he was very happy with that, but one day he heard from his kindergarten classmates about the existence of other channels, and he asked if we had those on our TV. I was in a dilemma because I did not want him to become bombarded with commercial messages about toys and junk food, so here's what I came up with:

We started a gallery of his artwork on my guest bedroom walls, which I wanted to cover from ceiling to floor. The deal was that if he was going to watch a program on a channel with commercials, he had to make interesting drawings and art work during the commercial breaks in the program. He had to have two completed pictures every time he watched something on a channel other the Public Television.

This worked so well that sometimes I would have to tell him when the program was back on because he became so absorbed in his drawings. He's almost nine now and we have since moved to another house, but I still have a rich collection of the pictures he used to draw for me, and I treasure them.