Posted 08-17-2002 at 00:28:44
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well here we just have a 2 1/2 year old (talon) and boy he keeps me hoppin'!
some easy ideas i do with him are:
give him a small pail of water and a paint brush and let him paint. it will evaoprate so no harm done and he feels like a big helper.
i got a 10 pound bag of rice at costco and colored it several colors. just put a couple of cups in a zip loc bag and add 2 capfuls of rubbign alcohol. then add a few drops of food coloring. pour it out and let it dry. it takes a few minutes. then add all the colors to a washing pan or container. then toss them some kitchen utensils and a few pieces of tupperware and let them go to town. scooping, pouring, shovling, ladeling, and tossing the rice. this is good indoors or out. my guy has done it both. i taught him real quick how to use the vacuum and broom after this activity.
i have made tons of homemade playdough and flubber. that is usually good for a couple of hours. i can send you the recipie if you want.
other outside stuff...mud holes are very popular with him. we have a song that is all about "hopping- jumping- singing- dancing- in a BIG mudhole!!!!" he loves it.
i let him play with the hose. it kills time. and waters the yard.
i set him loose in the goat pen. we only have 3 pygmies so they are harmless. but it is a fenced area with lots of fun stuff to poke at and look at.
he loves to help me pick berries and pull weeds. we have one here i can't identify but i call it a hateful weed. i just hate it and it hates me. so i have him pull hateful weeds. he loves to fill the bucket with them. then we count them all.
i have tons of websites with activities and ideas. i can email you a list if you like. i used to teach preschool.
hope something in here helps.
cerridwen (a very tired momma)