Friday, August 17, 2012

What do I do with them?

If you're like me, you likely have lots of kids in a bunch of different stages of their lives.  So what do you do with the kids that aren't really school-aged that still need some quality entertainment? How do you get through a school day without guilt over "ignoring" the youngest?

Now don't get me wrong, I don't really ignore him! He would never stand for that. Lol.  But it's a lot of "sure, you can have some more chocolate milk." And "here, why don't you color this picture for mama?" Or "I'll set up a train track for you in a minute."

I want this year to be different and that's why I've come up with a list of things to do with him while the others are schooling. :)  I'm hoping that by sharing this, someone out there will get some wonderful ideas for their own little ones.

Websites with fun games for little ones:

1. www.pbskids.org/
2. www.nickjr.com
3. www.sproutonline.com
4. www.starfall.com
5. http://www.thomasandfriends.com/uk/Thomas.mvc/Home

Free Curriculum Sites for the littles, some with printables:

1. http://weefolkart.com/
2. www.education.com
3. www.tlsbooks.com
4. www.letteroftheweek.com
5. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/categories/preschool.shtml (some free content)
6. http://www.first-school.ws/

Craft ideas that are preschool friendly:

1. http://www.first-school.ws/theme/crafts.htm
2. http://www.thatartistwoman.org/2009/05/fossil-casts-dinosaur-art-project-1.html
3. http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-age/toddler-crafts/
4. http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-age/preschool-crafts/
5. http://www.homeschoolshare.com/

A few open and go ideas for preschoolers:

1. Playdoh (add cookie cutters and other fun stuff to make this last a whole 15 minutes instead of just 10, lol)
2. water paints
3. coloring books/pages
4. puzzles
5. new books
6. math manipulatives

Some messy ideas:

1. shaving cream art on a table
2. sidewalk chalk with water (makes the chalk look/feel different when drawing)
3. make your own colored bubbles to use outside
4. finger paints


2 comments:

Eddie said...

Great list! All great...especially Wee Folk Art, which we use and absolutely love. Thanks for sharing.

Kristi26 said...

Thanks! And you're very welcome. :)