In our homeschool world, it's already summer vacation. For my son and many other kids, that means days by the pool but also afternoons in front of the TV. Recently, my son got into a little trouble at home and had his TV privileges revoked for three days. The first day was pure torture for him (and torturous whining for my ears). But by the second day, he had substituted his afternoon viewing habit with some other activities. The activities were much better for him than pure TV viewing could provide. So much so that I have implemented new TV viewing rules - including a blank screen - for many hours of the summertime.
First, I saw him wander outside with his BB Gun.
Then he read the comics. (At least he was reading SOMETHING.)
And there were even a few crafts.