Indoor Activities?

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Indoor Activities?
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Wed, 01-27-2010 - 11:00am

How do you keep your kids busy inside during these cold months of winter?

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Fri, 02-26-2010 - 3:04pm

Great ideas!

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Fri, 02-26-2010 - 12:46pm

My little ones at home during the day are 4(in a few weeks ) and 17 mo (sometimes a 15 mo old too!


Lately the things they have enjoyed are baking, playing in the tent, playing with Fisher Price Little People, working on letters, gluing ANYTHING (favs are cereal and dried beans) painting a model from Micheals, coloring, bubbles in the tub and shaving cream at the table, playdoh, MR Potato head.


Today my sons 1st grade had a kick off to reading...the kids were allowed to bring in books from home, a beach towel and flash light to school...I am going to try this at home with the little ones too!

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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 9:51pm

I liked those ideas. My easy-to-satisfy kids would even go for some of 'em!

Another activity my kids enjoy is when I tape some packing tape upside down onto the rug. If you want a bigger surface, you could tape down some contact paper upside down on the floor. It makes a great sensory surface that entertains the kids as they experiment with sticking their hands and feet to it.

You can also paint with pudding (add food coloring for different colors) in the bathtub. Or, squirt shaving cream in the bathtub for the kids to paint with.

One I haven't tried but have heard suggested before is to put a container of rice on a sheet on the floor for the kids to play in like a sandbox. Any spills land on the sheet which can be shaken outside for the birds to eat.

My kids also like making obstacle courses to play on. I usually start off by making the first one, and then they'll entertain themselves by "improving" it. They go over/under furniture, through tunnels created by chairs or sofa cushions, over aluminum foil rivers, jump on the jogging trampoline, etc.

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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 1:20pm

You have some great ideas, Dawn!

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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 1:12pm
Coloring, drawing. We do crafts. I'll spread out newspapers on the dinning room table and we'll paint or glue things. Glue sticks are wonderful things especially with little ones who seem to use the whole bottle of glue on one project so that it takes forever to dry. We'll have tea parties or picnic lunches on the living room floor. We will play hide and seek inside. "It" counts in the back bedroom so you can go any where in the house and there is no chasing, once you're found every one laughs and we do it again. We've blown bubbles in the bathroom. I've let kids have a "swim party" in the bathtub. They take a warm bath with their swimsuits on.