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    Default Keeping kids entertained: wfh edition

    Not sure who else is having a panic attack about the prospect of working from home with kids under 5, but here are 31 things I came up with tonight that might keep a toddler or preschooler relatively independently entertained for 15 minutes or more:

    1. Hide a bear around the house in increasingly difficult hiding spots for them to find
    2. “Cook” with dry pasta, rice and water if you don’t mind mess
    3. Build forts and cubby houses out of boxes
    4. Colour in
    5. Practice cutting along different lines with kiddy scissors (straight, wiggly, zig zag etc)
    6. Paint
    7. Do chalk drawings outside
    8. Play dress ups
    9. Dance to your favourite songs
    10. Trace the alphabet
    11. Build towers out of blocks
    12. Cut out coloured squares of paper and practice placing coloured beads on the matching paper
    13. Play “cafe”
    14. Have a “Something that begins with ....” scavenger hunt
    15. Make pasta jewellery by threading wool through penne
    16. Trace cut-out cardboard shapes onto paper
    17. Make your own story by drawing a character and a setting and then explaining what happened there
    18. Find out and report on what a tool does (eg a torch, a retractable tape measure, a can opener etc).
    19. Use a ruler to measure things and figure out which things are big and which things are small.
    20. Fill a watering can and water the plants
    21. Pick flowers
    22. Leave letters for the fairies at the bottom of the garden. Check to see whether they write back.
    23. Look for fairy traces (aka glitter/recyclable confetti if you don’t love glitter) in the garden
    24. Collect leaves, twigs, rocks, bark etc and then test them in a bucket of water to see which ones float and which ones sink
    25. Make paper chains
    26. Make an obstacle course to complete
    27. Throw a ball for the dog (if you have one)
    28. Have a tea party
    29. Arrange the magnets on the fridge
    30. Sort blocks according to colour, then shape, then size etc.
    31. Make a train out of the kitchen chairs and drive all your favourite toys to an imaginary destination of your choice


    Help a sister out, and add to the list

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    great thread idea!!

    following!

    i just asked dh if we get ds a trampoline and he said no way.

    following along for inspiration!

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    Great ideas! I'm not WFH, but can appreciate the need for a list! Here's a few to add:

    Bubbles

    Dance party

    My 5yo loved a colour activity we did last lockdown, 12 cup muffin tin, 1tsp bicarb in each, drop or 2 of food coloring (plain, mixed e.g yellow, red, green blue, yeloow+red, blue+yellow etc... then add vinegar. I wanted to work on his fine motor strength so got some single use syringes from the chemist (10ml and 30ml) which we then used in the bath to squirt the wall

    Masking tape on carpet for roads (vehicles), paddocks (animals), islands to jump between/on

    Water in a bucket with an adult paint brush to paint the house/fence etc

    Help wash the car 😅

    Balloon games - keep it off the ground, races between your knees

    Make something to send to family/friends you can't see at the moment - card, picture, book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoopuf View Post
    Not sure who else is having a panic attack about the prospect of working from home with kids under 5, but here are 31 things I came up with tonight that might keep a toddler or preschooler relatively independently entertained for 15 minutes or more:

    1. Hide a bear around the house in increasingly difficult hiding spots for them to find
    2. “Cook” with dry pasta, rice and water if you don’t mind mess
    3. Build forts and cubby houses out of boxes
    4. Colour in
    5. Practice cutting along different lines with kiddy scissors (straight, wiggly, zig zag etc)
    6. Paint
    7. Do chalk drawings outside
    8. Play dress ups
    9. Dance to your favourite songs
    10. Trace the alphabet
    11. Build towers out of blocks
    12. Cut out coloured squares of paper and practice placing coloured beads on the matching paper
    13. Play “cafe”
    14. Have a “Something that begins with ....” scavenger hunt
    15. Make pasta jewellery by threading wool through penne
    16. Trace cut-out cardboard shapes onto paper
    17. Make your own story by drawing a character and a setting and then explaining what happened there
    18. Find out and report on what a tool does (eg a torch, a retractable tape measure, a can opener etc).
    19. Use a ruler to measure things and figure out which things are big and which things are small.
    20. Fill a watering can and water the plants
    21. Pick flowers
    22. Leave letters for the fairies at the bottom of the garden. Check to see whether they write back.
    23. Look for fairy traces (aka glitter/recyclable confetti if you don’t love glitter) in the garden
    24. Collect leaves, twigs, rocks, bark etc and then test them in a bucket of water to see which ones float and which ones sink
    25. Make paper chains
    26. Make an obstacle course to complete
    27. Throw a ball for the dog (if you have one)
    28. Have a tea party
    29. Arrange the magnets on the fridge
    30. Sort blocks according to colour, then shape, then size etc.
    31. Make a train out of the kitchen chairs and drive all your favourite toys to an imaginary destination of your choice


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    Make playdoh to change it up a bit add - gliter. - vanilla or other edible smell

    Mix a tiny bit flour with water and food colours to use as finger paint/ put in a tray and add marbles/use to stamp leaves, shells or cut out shapes in kitchen sponge or carve potatoes to make stamps.

    Water and food colour to make a quick drying paint that washes of easily. Can use as straight paint on paper or use a spray bottle/eye dropper/ straw to blow paint etc.

    Paper bag kites.

    Plaster paris moulds out of shaped ice trays. Paint and glue a magnet on the back for fridge magnets.

    Make a felt board and make people and other props to tell a story.

    Make a sock puppet

    Kitchen gloves ballon. Chickens etc...

    Make a simple book together stapling a few pieces of paper together.

    A jar band filling different sized jars with different amount water. Use a chopstick to hit them with.

    Make shaker using a old soft drink bottle and rice or sand.

    Shape n bake cookies in a theme.

    Make a obstacles course in your lounge or yard using what ever you have.

    Have theme day. Make foods in that theme sing songs do drawings etc...

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    Joining a few piece paper together or use baking paper etc. Have you child lay down and draw their arms torso out and colour to send a postable hug to someone they love.

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    We used masking tape to make a hopscotch grid on our floor last time. DD loved it!

    I’ll think what else

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    Default Keeping kids entertained: wfh edition

    Something my kids love to do is wash things in warm soapy water. Sometimes they wash actual dishes in the sink, or sometimes they wash duplo in a bucket. It makes a bit of mess but I just lay towels down on the tiles. Give them scrubbing brushes and cloths.

    This all started when we bought some second hand duplo and I got them to clean it, ours isn’t actually dirty but they enjoy it 🤷🏼‍♀️

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    Something my kids love to do is wash things in warm soapy water. Sometimes they wash actual dishes in the sink, or sometimes they wash duplo in a bucket. It makes a bit of mess but I just lay towels down on the tiles. Give them scrubbing brushes and cloths.

    This all started when we bought some second hand duplo and I got them to clean it, ours isn’t actually dirty but they enjoy it 🤷🏼‍♀️
    i might do this with mine in the bath. not sure if ds will be interested but dd should enjoy that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    Something my kids love to do is wash things in warm soapy water. Sometimes they wash actual dishes in the sink, or sometimes they wash duplo in a bucket. It makes a bit of mess but I just lay towels down on the tiles. Give them scrubbing brushes and cloths.

    This all started when we bought some second hand duplo and I got them to clean it, ours isn’t actually dirty but they enjoy it 🤷🏼‍♀️
    We often wash the toys in the bath or a bucket outside.

    Pom Pom baths are awesome (they float so just fish out and put in clothes dryer or lay on towel until next time).



    Have a look at play at home mummy on insta she is awesome.

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    There is a good Instagram account called 7 days of play I’ve taken a few things off that for the little ones


 

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