Off of school today...what to do??

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Off of school today...what to do??
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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 10:13am
Today my DS is off from school (and tomorrow) and I am having a hard time figuring out what to do with him. He's a busy kid and needs constant stimulation, but I am a WAHM and I need my time to do my work, also. I have set up a play date for a good part of Friday afternoon, so at least I have that, but what should I do today? Our weather isn't cooperating, so sending him outside isn't much of an option. I have no nearby relatives home today (everyone works outside the home).

Any quick ideas?

He's back to school for summer session on Monday, thank goodness. I only have to figure out what to do for two days!

Rebecca
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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 9:14am
Sorry I am too late to help out, I hope you found something for him to do.

On rainy days we: color, paint, playdough/clay, read, make forts with to couch coushins, make some popcorn and watch a movie - but my daughter still wants me to play with her - there is no way I could work at home with her there.

Kris

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Fri, 06-13-2003 - 4:41pm
Hi!

Also too late for this time, but here are some thoughts for another day:

Get a bunch of big cardboard boxes from a grocery store or somewhere to use as giant blocks/tunnels/etc. Combines great with the couch cushions mentioned above! Or get one REALLY big box & cut a door & window in it and let him decorate it & play in it.

Get a big roll of white paper (about $2 at Wal-Mart) and help him trace his body then let him color it in

Make a sink full of bubbles with dish soap & let him stand on a chair & play in the bubbles or cook/wash

Spray shaving cream on the kitchen table & let him at it. Or, smear dishwashing liquid on the table until it's white & let him draw in it

Stick him in the (empty) bathtub with fingerpaints & old clothes

If you have work you can do without the computer, let him play children's games. There are some very good ones, and my 4.5 y/o DD will spend as long as I let her playing hers.

Good luck! I work at home a little, but only really get anything done when the kids are sleeping!

Jennifer

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Sun, 06-15-2003 - 9:25am
I know this won't be a popular answer, but why don't you consider next time to take a few days off so you and DS can play together? Just a thought.
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Sun, 06-15-2003 - 11:43am
How'd it go? What did you do?? =)

Janet =)

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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 10:24am
Thanks for all your "late" ideas. My DS was off on Thursday and Friday and I did manage to get most of my work finished by noon on Thursday so I could take the rest of the day and Friday off. It seemed to work out pretty well.

We did all sorts of things (ran errands, painted, went to the park, etc.) since our weather was just perfect.

I will hang onto your ideas for another day. We're moving in July and I will need some things for him to do while we're getting our house in order!

Rebecca
Loving wife to David (3-2