winter ideas???????

Andrea - posted on 01/08/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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okay my boys are getting stur crazy as am i...... its way to cold to go outside and play ( its -15 right now) and we are starting to run out of ideas of things to do! and i only let my children watch at the most one movie a day. we have been coloring, playing with playdough , reading, playing cars, maken forts, baking cookies....... ( my kids ages are 3 and 1)

any other moms out there have any ideas???????????

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Jodi - posted on 01/10/2010

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There's no need to have a ton of room for a play area! ( we just moved from a one bedroom apartment...so I feel ya!) Pillows and blankets piled together make a great climbing mountain, dinning room chairs are great tunnels, also, throw pillows spaced out on the floor are fun to pretend they're rocks in a lake...hop from "rock to rock" and avoid the Mommy Mud Monster who will grab you and pull you into the lake! If you don't mind (danger wise...if you'll be supervising) chairs can also double as off the ground tunnels. Just put the backs facing every other way with the seats still touching (one chair back facing left, one chairback facing right, next one left etc) then throw a blanket over it, now they can crawl through the tunnel up top or down on the floor! I hope this helps! Feel free to PM for any more advice on energy burning activities!

Andrea - posted on 01/10/2010

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thank you for all your advice, we dont have a costco any place around here! and we dont have any indoor play areas!!! i wish i had a basement

Lori - posted on 01/09/2010

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instead of playing with playdoh how about make some that way you get to make your own colors. go to www.EHOW.COM and search how to makeplay doh, it is sooooo fun. maybe try some pre school play ABC's, 123's, pre writing, money learning, geography, also I broke down and bought a roll of butcher paper from COSTCO ans what we do is tape it to the dining room floor (wood floor) and we color the floor in chalk, crayon, colored pencils what ever we have on hand. trace ther bodies and have them dress the outlines. try crayola.com for new creative ideas. good luck, let me know if you find anything really fun I have a 6 yr old and a 4 yr old and am always looking for new stuff.

Jodi - posted on 01/09/2010

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I dont know what kind of room you have where you live, but in our basement we filled a kiddie pool with sand for a sandbox (one of those totes that slides under your bed works great too!) hung a swing from the rafters, put up our little slide and made a makeshift fort! Also, save your cereal boxes, pasta boxes, kleenex boxes (get relatives, friends and neighbors to pitch theirs in too!) for big block fun! I cover mine with pretty contact paper I get at the local dollar store. Last but not least, I have a community called SAHM's are Teachers! It's a great place for mom's just like us to share ideas for things to do with our kids! Each week I post a weekly activity to try and have tons a great links! (many with printables for your 3 year old!) I really hope you check us out!



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P.S. A great variation on Amy's game for your littlest one is using an egg timer (the kind you wind up and they tick until they go off) They can hear it and try to follow the sound before the timer goes off! Good luck! I hope I see you at my group!!!

Julie - posted on 01/09/2010

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Is there a mall or resturant with a indoor play area? Mcdonals usually has one! Try playing with blocks or if you have girls dress up is fun, have a play date with someone. I dont have anyone so I just go to the mall or resturant with the indoor play area! Hope this helps I know how u feel 100%

Melissa - posted on 01/08/2010

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Trip to Costco -my girlfriend told me to go there and have a piece of pizza for $1.50 bring sippys and share. Cheap breath of fresh air. Sorry if you don't have a Costco card.

Amy - posted on 01/08/2010

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a game we used to play was like hide and seek, but with toys. the kids each picked two toys and then closed their eyes and i hid them. they had to find them and bring them to me. i'd give directions like, left, right and then help them learn which is which, what closer/farther means. plus makes their minds work and takes up some time.



we've made "necklaces" out of uncooked noodles, finger painted, watercolors, book time, mine love to help put the soap in hte laundry, play with bubbles on one side of the sink while i do dishes in the other, make jello, learning sign language, my daughter does freakishly like to clean though. she's 3 and likes to wipe down the stairs and wipe up muddy dog prints from the floor.

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