What are some activity ideas for curious kids?

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Pamela - posted on 02/27/2010

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Try these fun things;
1, planting - plant some veg, flowers and/or herbs and get her to look after them you can do this in pots and is great learning tool for all areas of development in children of all ages
2, art/craft - get making from things around the home, add paints and let your child's mind go wild!
3,painting - use sticks, leaves, cotton buds, fingers, brushes etc change it up even use other things different to paper like cardboard, old tiles, leaves, bark etc
hope these help you they are all get things for devloping a child's mind, body and lot's of fun as well!

Amanda - posted on 02/27/2010

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We do scavenger hunts with our 3 little girls. Gives them time to explore while exploring!

Toni - posted on 02/27/2010

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my son and i Love to create things. arts and crafts keep him busy and entertained. a few ideas:
--print out a few coloring pages of animals or ppl, color them, and clue them to popsicle sticks. put on a play :)
--those small brown paper lunch bags are perfect for making hand puppets. Just draw a face on them. And if ya really wanna get creative ( but it cost more ) you can glue the googly eyes and a balloon for a tongue.
--take all ur old broken crayons and peel off all the paper. put them im a cupcake tin, fill about 3/4 full. put them in the oven on 350 for about 5 min. You want them to melt, but u want the centers to still be hard. ( that way u know its not burning ) remove them and let them cool. Then place in freezer to cool completely. then once they are cold. :) they are ready. Pop them out and color away! :)
-- we like to make cards and mail them to grandmas
--homemade playdough. :) and u can even make edible playdough. :)
--rice crispy treats are a fun, quick and easy treat. i liek to let my son pick a food coloring color and then it makes a fun and colorful treat :)

*** there are so many great craft ideas that can be cheep or even free. fun, easy....thats why i love it! i have more ideas if you interest or you can find a lot of fun ideas on the internet. good luck!

Jules - posted on 02/27/2010

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Well Curiousity is 'THINKING'... So you'll need to find something that involves fine motor skills. This is activities that utilies their hands/fingers. So creativity is the key but doesn't have to be hard. Simple things like Cooking (even in the mud), Building (using simple tools or crafts) gardening (checking out the bugs etc) little Science experaments are great also!! You will have to tailer it all to the childs age but i do suggest you do things they can replicate them selves so they aren't totaly dependant on you to entertain them all the time. Include laughter because if they see you enjoying it they will to. Have Fun Mum... :o)

Karissa - posted on 02/27/2010

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It's not very creative but when I was little my sister and I would make up a variation of the Easter Egg hunt. Before the game started we would decide if we wanted to play outside or inside and then find 10 things and take turns hiding them all over. We would use a stop watch and see who could find them fastest. Sometimes my mom would hide the objects and we would make it a race to see who could find more.

You can make anything into a game. At lunch time, make clues and put them all over the house. Like Blues Clues. Put a clue on peanut butter, and jelly, and bread. For older kids, "Clue 1: You use 2 pieces of these and it rhymes with head. You will find the next clue in the room where you brush your teeth." Onto the bathroom to find the 2nd clue.

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2010

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We love the website PBSKIDS.ORG

We downloaded a pdf file of a curious kids book (with George of course!). It is full of activities and different ways to explore everyday things. We also enjoy gardening and our local children's museum and zoo.

User - posted on 02/27/2010

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The garden is full of hidden surprises, just looking under rocks feeling the textures of different materials, such as grass, leaves, flowers, stones, fir cones. Pointing out insects. Boxes, are fantastic for hiding in, you could even create your own tunnel system. Experimenting with paints, not just with brushes, fingers,hands, feet and potatoes.

Danielle - posted on 02/27/2010

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hello i have a 2 year old son and a 3 year old son and both of our boys love playing with goop(slime) its a good sensory experience for children all it is is flour and water and mix it together and let them go for it your children will love it and also i found if your chidren want to taste it its not goin to harm them

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2010

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shaving cream painting in the bath tub or on place mats....messy but cool because of the different texture, and its fun to draw in.

Natalie - posted on 02/26/2010

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I would have to say painting. Kids 1 and up love to paint and it is a great way to see just what your child can do when it comes to being creative. Also, kids like legos or blocks. But most importantly kids love when parents are able to play too. So always join them when they are doing these activities. Make it interesting by putting a twist on it such as encouraging them to make a certain thing and no matter how it comes out, give them a prize for effort. Kids like being awarded, it makes them feel confident in what they are doing.

I am not a child expert but my kids like when we do these things. And, also as they get older like pass the age of 5 years old, pick something else more challenging but still fun.

Randi - posted on 02/26/2010

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When I was younger my mom would make little household crafts - one day she had construction paper and paper plates and told us to make crabs out of them. My sister and I just had to figure out what to do with what we had in order to come up with the best crab we could. It was SO much fun and a great memory I still have.

Tiffany - posted on 02/26/2010

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I took Haden to the Aquarium in Denver, and we spent hours looking at all the things there! He got to feed the jellyfish, watch scuba-divers in the tank, and see hundreds if not thousands of different fish!

Rachel - posted on 02/26/2010

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I really like that idea! I've done little ones on the inside when it was rainy out...but the never the outdoor one and then made things from the findings. That's awseome!! Definetly gonna try that one!

Leanne - posted on 02/26/2010

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we do our own tresure hunting. we make a list of miscellaneous object that we have arond the house (mostly in kids bedrooms) and everyone looks for the objects in their own rooms. first one to fill jars get to pick a special suprise this time. prizes are pick the movie and make special treat for everyone to share. Gets the rooms tidied up and we all get to spend a night just hanging out with each other. We do outdoor scavenger hunts with a list of nature items and then make a craft out of our findings for in our garden or flower boxes. with the kids getting older now and catching onto my ways, i want to introduce a theme night to my family that everyone has a special part in contributing to. I am going to ask everyone to find out an interesting fact to whatever the theme may be, and share it with the rest of us on that night. we can all help with the prep of the meal and enjoy time together and all become more knoweldgable about different cultures, traditions and basically more about the world we all share.

Rachel - posted on 02/26/2010

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You can instigate a mailbox full of letters addressed to your child by helping them participate in a variety of mail games.
**Sticker Club
One popular chain-letter game allows children to receive stickers in the mail as well as letters. To begin, type up a letter that says, "Dear (name), you must forward a set of stickers to the person listed in slot No. 1. Then move my name to slot No. 1, add your name to slot No. 2 and send this letter to 6 friends." Make six copies of the letter and place your child's name in slot 2. Send the letter out to six of his friends. Soon your child should be getting loads of mail containing fun stickers in each envelope.

**Story Friends
Another game to help your child to receive mail is to create a continuous story. Enlist the help of some of her friends' mothers to participate in your mail game. Sit down with your child and start a story. For example, "Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved to ride horses ..." and so on, for about a paragraph. Next, mail the story to a friend. Instruct the friend to continue a paragraph in the story and even add a picture. Then, that friend should send the story to a third friend. You can add as many friends to the story as you like. The story can even go back and forth between people. When you are finished, you should receive a wonderful piece of mail with an imaginative story including lots of pictures.

**Mail Games
Finally, kids can start a traditional game with a long-distance family member through the mail. Have your child draw up a tic-tac-toe board and place an X on the board. Mail the letter to Grandma or a favorite Aunt and instruct her to place an O in another square and mail it back. The game continues until someone wins. This is also a great way to encourage communication between your child and distant relatives. He can add a note to his tic-tac-toe board in each correspondence.

These are just some things I do with my kids.

Rebecca - posted on 02/26/2010

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we live five minutes walk from the beach and the rock pools. my kids love love love exploring the rock pools and have looked at numerous creatures with a magnifying glass and bring home all kinds of interesting (dead) things too. my husband does chemistry experiments with them, including making volcanoes and smoke bombs, and crystals. if the weather is horrid, they try out new recipes or go to the aquarium or our local museum (both of which have areas for kids wear they can touch and feel things and look at things through microscopes etc). we do have a science centre in our city, but its a bit pricey, and i get irritated when half the stuff isn't working :( they also love walks in nature -- especially the forest -- and we always look out for interesting things for them to study more closely.

Julie - posted on 02/26/2010

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The pop up books are amazing!!!! There's a really good A-Z one that has pop ups for each letter of the alphabet. So much fun!

Joanne - posted on 02/26/2010

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My daughter love those books with hidden pictures, especially those with animals. She also likes doing mazes and I've been able to find some online that I can print out for her. I get the magazine Family Fun that has lots of ideas in it but there are a ton of free resources online as well.

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