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Keeping babies busy!
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apricotsbud    Posted 08-16-2002 at 13:23:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi everyone. Had another question. Does anyone have any ideas what to do with a 5 year old and a 3 year old to keep them busy outside . We're adding on to our house, and I'm looking for some activities to keep them busy while we are trying to get a little work done. We live in the country, and have lots of running room . Any suggestions? Thanks!

cerridwen-talon's-momma    Posted 08-17-2002 at 00:28:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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)

apricotsbud    Posted 08-19-2002 at 08:19:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
SUPER! I would love some new ideas! Thanks. You've given me a lot allready!

Nathan(GA)    Posted 08-16-2002 at 13:36:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dirt or mud keeps my 5 and 2 year olds busy for a little while. They like to make their own mud. They won't do anything long at the time though. Don't have to worry about the 5 year old(daughter) too much, but the 2 year old(son) will be half way across the field before you know it.

ger    Posted 08-16-2002 at 15:20:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
give them some cement with that mud an let them help lol

DeadCarp    Posted 08-16-2002 at 19:15:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was thinking the same thing - my happiest time as a kid was helping with stuff. One time a neighbor was laying blocks for our basement and had a nice pan of mortar behind him - well, it looked like he'd need more dirt pretty soon so i grabbed a shovel and started adding ---

okay, so my ideas weren't all Pullet Surprises. But at least i found out what a trowel whack feels like! I told him though - "When you get little and i get big, i'll hit you with a trowel!" :)

apricotsbud    Posted 08-19-2002 at 08:22:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ha. Ha. Things were differen't when we were kids huh? I think sometimes parents now days (including) myself, are just a little bit too cautious, but better safe than sorry. Thanks for the Re.

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