bored at home, any ideas?

Amanda - posted on 02/10/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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hello, im new to this so i hope i do this right. i have a 12 month old boy and a 2 year and 2 month old boy (they are 13 months apart) and im totally bored at home. we live in new england and this winter has been very bad, lots of snow and way to cold to be outside for more then 5 minutes. my boys are not really into doing crafts so that isnt really an option. but i m having a hard time keeping them entertain. i have found myself letting them watch tv alot lately, which i dont like. any ideas that will keep they active and entertain will help. we have also tried bringing them to indoor play places but there are very many around us and they can get pricey. please help

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Laura - posted on 02/28/2011

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Build forts with blankets and chairs, play hide and seek, let them help with chores if they want to, my 2 year old loves to put laundry in the washer and dryer, he loves to dust and sweep (he got a little kids broom for x-mas). My boys have a ton of animals (stuffed and others) and some wood blocks or mega blocks and can spend hours making their own zoo.

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My kids like to color, I know that's a craft, but it's simple. My kids like to sing and dance, so I turn the music channels on for a bit. We have some great kids channels for that. Or you can use the radio. Also, let them help you fold laundry. It's messy, but it keeps them occupied. Mix in some free time and structured play and they should do great. I have girls, so it's probably very different, but kids are simple. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 02/10/2011

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Some malls have indoor children's play areas that are free to use. We also have a play area at the rec center near us (also free for residents). You could also make playdough
Basic Salt Dough Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup of fine salt
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of water (may add more)
Instructions:
In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour
Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water
Knead until smooth and shape into a ball
When not in use, wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container
HINT: To get a softer dough you can add more flour. Adding more salt will lend a more granulous affect. Use wallpaper glue and the dough with be more cohesive. To add color to your dough, use different types of flour or add food coloring or paint.
Knead to get an even color.
You may also paint your ornaments and sculptures after they dry.

That might give everyone something to do one afternoon. You could also get membership to your local childrens museum or someplace like it. That can be expensive but it's a one time cost and you get a whole years worth of access to somewhere you can go. I have a 3 year old boy a nearly 2 year old daughter, and a 2 month old daughter. I know it can get rough to be trapped in the house all day without much to do.

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