i need ideas for keeping my 5 yr old entertained at home for the summer holidays - cheap as possible

Theresa - posted on 07/30/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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i need ideas for keeping my 5 yr old entertained at home for the summer holidays - cheap as possible as i am saving for a holiday at same time. please help!!!!

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Kim - posted on 08/05/2010

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Have your child paint outside with water, my kids love that. Playdoh, watercolors, tempra paints(make a pet rock!), hopscotch, board games, computer games-Webkinz Jr, Nickjr.com, make a Fairy house with sticks, bark, pine cones ect., make a nature collage, paper bag puppets. Bury dinosaurs in a sand box and dig for fossils. Make fish out of paper attach paperclips and go fishing with a fishing rod with a magnet attached.

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Etrezia - posted on 08/07/2010

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My girls just love to go the local play park. Home made playdough also keep them busy for hours. Something that is really fun in the summer is giving them a bowl of clean water and a clean paint brush and let them paint outside on the wall. Then make a paste with corn flour and water with a drop off colouring! It makes a gooo that keep them busy. Paper dolls is also a big hit. Children also love gardening, start a veg garden.

Theresa - posted on 08/05/2010

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thank you for the replies - i have checked my local council and they are holding activity days for over 5's so he will be going to a couple of them.

we went fishing this week - my son caught 2 fish (first ever time he fished in the sea) and his daddy didn't catch anything - he loves reminding him - lol

i love the idea of treasure hunts etc. (he loves pretending to be a pirate) and the timer idea is good too.....means i get time to do what i need and he knows when i will be joining him to play.

i already do a lot of cooking with him - he enjoys it a lot more than me. he actually tells me how to cook things now!!!

thanks girls.

Elaine - posted on 08/04/2010

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we go to the library and area parks, we joined a museum (which can be costly but its a one time fee) and we can go whenever we want. I also belong to mothers groups and that has been helpful with playdates. Sprinklers, kiddie pools, water tables, sand tables are also fun and a good investment. I also keep paint, playdo and other art supplies in the closet along with board games, puzzles and memory games. You can get some art supplies at the dollar store. you can always explore outside, go on a nature walk, play I Spy while you are walking or make up a treasure hunt for him inside or outside the house of things to find! Then have a popsicle as a fun treat! Don't forget to let him play on his own, that is important in this stage that they can entertain themselves for about 30 min. set the kitchen timer and let him know that when it goes off you will play with him. Cooking is another fun activity, involve him in making lunch and dinner!
ENJOY!

Kenda - posted on 08/03/2010

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have you check your community board or website. they normally have great free stuff around you or at the libraries with other kids.

Candy - posted on 08/03/2010

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I got my kids fishing poles. We find a lake or pond and just fisha nd have a picnic. They love it. You only pay the one time for the rodes and crickets once in a while and food. They have a great time.

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