What do you do in the afternoon with your kids?

Melinda - posted on 05/17/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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We get so bored in the afternoons. My little one is taking a nap and my older one doesn't always want to do anything. What can we do to have some fun and maybe even learn something?

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Jinglebones - posted on 05/17/2009

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My 2 year old sleeps from 1 to 3 and my 4 year old and I do a number of things: play cards i.e. concentration (memory game), go fish; play a game i.e. dominos or sorry (helps with turn taking, counting, etc), work on a preschool activity book, do a craft, make jello or bake cookies, he likes when I let him make a *mixture* - I give him little cups of things like baking soda, salt, spices, etc and he mixes it with vinegar and water - he will do this at the table while I fold laundry or something. Sometimes i will let him wash his cars in the sink - he can spend a lot of time doing this and enjoys himself. When little pippitypop wakes up we all have a snack and go for a walk - if they are not getting along, I find cuddling all together and reading a book helps settle them down. My kids enjoy board games and you can get some good ones for preschoolers (the little one needs a partner to help...)

Linda - posted on 05/17/2009

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Here are some of the things that I did with my children and grandchildren when they were young. Play with puzzles, get a deck of cards and take out a few to use to play a memory game, play dress up and tea party, play hide and seek, dance/sing, do to the park, go for a ride around town, watch some videos, let the older one help you bake/cook even if it's only passing the eggs one at a time, buy a plant for the to water and take care of, buy age appropriate software and teach the older one to use the computer, I started my grandson to playing age appropriate games on the computer at age 2 or 3. And last but not least, there's always drawing and story telling. When they're really young they are good at helping you to make up stories and you'd be surprised at the creative artist that might be hiding inside. Good luck and I hope my suggestions help.

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Melinda - posted on 05/17/2009

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Thank you all so much for your advice. I will try them all out. I bet we will be having fun in no time. No more bordem! Thanks

Tamara - posted on 05/17/2009

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I watch PBS in the afternoons with him and interact with him from the shows. We both love it. He's learning and spending time with me at the same time. Ask her what she likes to do. Theirs painting, art and craft, and if she likes music do a sing along with her and dance.

Dawn - posted on 05/17/2009

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While my baby is sleeping and my son is at school my 3 year old and I have to find things to do. We read a lot. We check the garden. We draw with sidewalk chalk all over the driveway. We play games. We bake cookies together. We do puzzles...and we do housework. She gets to help mommy, which she loves. She scrubs pots next to me, and we fold laundry--for every piece she puts away we "laundry dive" (I toss her into the pile of laundry on the bed). She begs to fold laundry with me.

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