We are pretty liberal with television time around here. We are part of a minority group, we realize that. We also allow them sugary treats if they've eaten enough "good" stuff throughout the day. We don't want our kids to grow up and lose their jobs because they finally have the freedom to watch The Real World and eat M&Ms willy nilly. So, we give it to them in small doses, ample enough to curb their cravings. Don't ask me to define "small doses".
That said, there are times when I turn the tube off and tell them there just won't be any more for the rest of the day. They can do just about anything they want to do, but they can't watch television, and they can't come in the kitchen and bug me.
Yesterday was one of those days, and this is what they did.
They drew a chess board and chess pieces and then played chess.
Steve and I don't know how to play chess, which leads me to conclude: they learned all about it from, yep, you guessed it, television!