Indoor activities for the kiddios?

Julie - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Looking for activies to keep my two boys busy. Now that school is out I have a 6 year old and 2 year old to keep busy so they don't fight and kill each other. I feel like I am constantly yelling at them to stop it. I was hoping to get some ideas from crafts, games, and other stuff that is not expensive and that I can do with both boys with there age difference.


Thank you so much!!

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Kelly - posted on 06/04/2009

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How about getting the 6 year old to help teach the little one things (whatever he is ready for, colors, shapes, letters of the alphabet, etc.)? Also, let them build "tents" and "forts" with cushions, blankets, and stuffed animals in the living room. Then sit in there and read stories with flashlights. Cooking is good too. Even the 2 year old can help roll cookies in sugar after the 6 year old rolls them into balls, stuff like that. My youngest two are also four years apart and have always played great together, but then they are girls. LOL. My older two are boys but they are just two years apart. They are teenagers now, but I do remember how much more active (ok, wild) boys are than girls. How about play-do? That is inexpensive, and kids of all ages enjoy that. Also, if you have old magazines or catalogs around, you could let them cut pictures out to make collages (the 6 year old can get into that, and the 2 year old is of an age to learn to use scissors and glue with help). You can give them a theme, like healthy foods, or things around the house, etc. Is your house brick, or is there a sidewalk they can draw on? Chalk is great, they can "decorate" outside to their hearts' content and it all goes away with the first rain. You can also have your oldest help you set up an "obstacle course" for the little one, with things to jump over, climb under, etc. This is fun indoors or out. Good luck for a great summer!!!

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Mas Ayu - posted on 02/21/2011

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Do a lot of craft and coloring. You can use the egg carton; cut them in rows and pretend they are like caterpillars. Color them with water based color using brush. Any age of kid can do that. You can paste some other decoration on top of it like feather, color paper, button or anything at all. Also, you can use leave and potato for color stamping. Put some color (water based color) on the leave with a brush of course and stamp it on paper making any design you want. As with the potato, you can carve the potato (adult have to do that with a knife for sure) and that will make a good stamp as well. If you are good at carving, you ask the kids what kind of design they wanted and you can carve it. Enjoy!

Cheryl - posted on 07/07/2009

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Julie, I love to do arts and crafts with them. Cooking together, puzzles, music time. My 6 year old is a huge fan of on line websites like noggin.com and playhouse disney. Great educational games and fun at the same time. Plus my 4 year old pulls up a chair and plays too. Good Times! =) I also love Jumpstart.com for them. If you are interested, I am giving away a three month subscription to the site on my blog Http://www.becausemomsaidso.com ---free to enter, and not many people have signed up to win it. Great odds =) Enjoy your summer!

Melissa - posted on 07/06/2009

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I use to teach preschool & on Friday afternoons when it was too hot or raining outside we would put shaving cream on the tables & let the kids "paint" in it. It is a great way to clean your tables & the kids have a blast. It is a little messy but totally washable.

Katie - posted on 06/18/2009

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the library is always a great place to go, especially to get out of the summer heat. they usually have storytimes &/or craft time.
I just went and checked out a few books; 1 on easy science experiments with everyday household items, and 1 cookbook for kids.
most libraries also have summer reading programs too!

Hendrika - posted on 06/17/2009

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Mine are at those ages too, I totally know how you feel, especially during the winter when they are tearing each other and the house apart. My go to thing for them is the park, it's free and close and at least the baby will take a nap after.

Julie - posted on 06/15/2009

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Thanks for the great ideas. I wen to our local dollar store and got a bunch of crafts stuff so we can keep busy. I also made a fort in our living room and they took turns being the baby in the fort. It was super cute. So thanks so much for all your advice!!!

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Make 'em do housework!!



Haha. I am just kidding. As far as indoor stuff goes, I am HUGE fan of Crayolas and Play-Doh. But mine also like ShrinkyDinks (If you haven't heard of it, the website is shrinkydinks.com) We also love the library, and we play the Wii. I move the coffee table over to the side, so there is a huge space in the livingroom, and we do gymnastics, or dance. My older boy loves to play "the floor is made of LAVA!".

Forts rock, if you have the space. Do you have anything you can make a hopscotch grid with? Masking tape works, but it's not easy. Those foam connecting mats are good for it, but I don't have any.

We do not get to do that stuff often, unless it is raining. My boys will play outside until dark, unless I force them inside.

Anyway, hope this helps. Happy Summer! P.S. Are you American? I have heard school ends earlier there, mine still has 2 weeks left. (Canadian)

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My kids love scavenger hunts. I make them up for them. This can be indoors or outdoors. I draw what they need to look for so the younger kids can be independent too. Visit the library. Most of them have summer reading incentives even for the 2 yr old. They also have free activities throughout the summer. My kids also like to do certain chores like dusting. I just don't let my 2 yr old dust picture frames! Finally, you can always put on a cartoon or movie. Granted, this may seem like a cop out, but whe you look at an hour of tv time compared to how log they are up during teh day,it's ok. My 2, 5, and 8 yr old sit and watch the same shows. They love Scooby Doo. If that's scary, then Pup Named scooby Doo. It's good for all ages.Most libraries carry dvds as well.

User - posted on 06/05/2009

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If it's raining, an indoor picnic might be fun. Have your 6 year old draw and cut a happy sun out of yellow paper, then hang him from the ceiling with paper and string. Spread a blanket out on the floor under the sun and eat PB &J sandwiches, and other picnic foods. You can color pictures, make clouds (glue cotton balls to paper), etc.

Alana - posted on 06/04/2009

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drawing and painting , cooking, sticking and glueing, kids love anything that gets them messy.

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Try cooking with them and doing crafts. The older one can help the 2 year old. Yesterday I filled the big soaking tub with water up to my son's neck. He thought he was in a pool! He played in the tub for an hour. Try to keep to a schedule. My son knows we sit down and read books and do puzzles after lunch. It helps quiet him down for a nap.

Kelly - posted on 06/04/2009

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How about getting the 6 year old to help teach the little one things (whatever he is ready for, colors, shapes, letters of the alphabet, etc.)? Also, let them build "tents" and "forts" with cushions, blankets, and stuffed animals in the living room. Then sit in there and read stories with flashlights. Cooking is good too. Even the 2 year old can help roll cookies in sugar after the 6 year old rolls them into balls, stuff like that. My youngest two are also four years apart and have always played great together, but then they are girls. LOL. My older two are boys but they are just two years apart. They are teenagers now, but I do remember how much more active (ok, wild) boys are than girls. How about play-do? That is inexpensive, and kids of all ages enjoy that. Also, if you have old magazines or catalogs around, you could let them cut pictures out to make collages (the 6 year old can get into that, and the 2 year old is of an age to learn to use scissors and glue with help). You can give them a theme, like healthy foods, or things around the house, etc. Is your house brick, or is there a sidewalk they can draw on? Chalk is great, they can "decorate" outside to their hearts' content and it all goes away with the first rain. You can also have your oldest help you set up an "obstacle course" for the little one, with things to jump over, climb under, etc. This is fun indoors or out. Good luck for a great summer!!!

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