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vanilla yogurt and some drops of food coloring (you can use plain, but i prefer the taste of vanilla)
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Thank you all so much for the ideas. The weather is supposed to get yucky again, so I will be using some of these ideas out after we become stuck inside .

Do you think crayola paints would be ok to use as well ? Part of my problem is that I would like to make a picture to send to my Mom. Any ideas ?

Thanks !!!Rebekah.
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What great ideas!! I love to visit this site. DD is 19 mos, but about two months ago, I started putting peas in a small box...little bigger than a shoe box and she loved it. She loves magnets on the fridge, playing at the sink (can't wait to see the water bill!!!) for a younger baby you could fill some tupperware with water and give to them in a highchair or on the floor with some towels. Some of the things are messy but are worth it if it gives me some time to get things done. Lately DD has been enjoying peeling onions. I keep them low and she goes in every once in a while and takes the paperlike skins off. I stop her before she peels to far. I end up vacuuming after most of these activities, but like I said...it's usually well worth it. Thanks again ladies for the great ideas.
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1/2 cup liquid hand soap(clear or white)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
food coloring
combine the soap and starch ins bowl and divide in small containers add the food coloring a drop at a time. ( you may want to test this on a small are of the tub .
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Yesterday we taped two old computer boxes together to make a house. We added a door and two small windows. Eli (20mos.) spent hours sticking things through the windows, playing peekaboo with us, and eventually coloring the outside and inside. It was the first thing he wanted this morning, and again it consumed an hour while I cleaned the kitchen and made lunch.

-jeanie
Ps. I should give Michael credit- it was his idea.
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How about employing a baby-loving pre-teen to visit for an hour or so once or twice a week? When I had only one child, she found me a little dull by about mid-afternoon, and the arrival of a twelve year old who loved to make silly faces, build towers over and over, and arrange cheerios into interesting patterns was welcomed by both of us. We started out by all playing together, but after a few visits, I would drift away and have a cup of tea, or sometimes even read a book. In our neighbourhood, this is considered part of a babysitter's training, so the pre-teens covet the opportunity to play with a little one while the mother is around. Some mothers don't pay the babysitter, but some do.
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We keep two paper recycling bags in the house: one in the kitchen and one in the room next to our computer. My 18-month old dd loves to study the boxes, junk mail, etc. and usually asks for crayons. She adds her own scribbles and can spend up to an hour spreading the papers everywhere and showing me her artwork. It's the only way I can ever check my e-mail!
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Karen-great book that helped me out immensley with your same whoas...

The Toddler's Busy Book
By Trish Kuffner

It has been a life saver!!
HTH

Free To Be~
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"Living is learning and when kids are living fully and energetically and happily they are learning a lot, even if we don't always know what it is."
~John Holt 

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Karen- are you anywhere near Norwalk,Ct.? If so , have you checked out the children's museum-Stepping Stones? It's great for a toddler-they have toddler terrain and waterscape and some other great areas that ds just loves.We got a membership for a year for a $100 which was actually a really good investment.Rainy or cold or just plain bored days are good there.I always am ready to leave before ds.I'm sure he could stay for hours.I expect to be there on the really unbearably hot days too. KIm
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Home made playdough is fun too, let me know if you'd like a recipie.Cathy

Yes - we would love the recipe for home made play dough.

DS is 15 mo and eats everything ... I want to try it. But I think if I put him in his high chair to play he would think he was supposed to eat it!!
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Wow, some great ideas in this thread!

One thing we like to do is play in the kitchen sink. I fill it with some water, pull up a stool for DS and give him plastic dishes to "wash." He takes a little scrub brush, cleans them and basically has a ball dumping water out of them and splashing in the water. It can get a little messy (yesterday he decided to dump some water on his head) but it's only water.
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Yes - we would love the recipe for home made play dough.
Check out the posts on page 2! There's a couple paint recipes, too.

My SIL just sent me this link today. There are some really fun, active sorts of ideas on there. My favorite is a variation of the "bucket o'beans" where you blow up the kiddie pool and put a couple containers of stuff inside along with some scoops and sand/ater toys. And let them go to town!

Another fairly active one was to take your recycling paper and make some "snowballs" with them then practice throwing them into laundry hampers/boxes, etc. Or just have a snowball fight complete with forts.

We also go to the mall. Or the science center. Anywhere where ds can run in a new environment. Most of the malls around here have play areas.

me, wife to dh, the movie geek (7/01), mama to ds1, budding Star Wars geek (10/05), dd, budding princess of the dirt (03/08) and ds2, budding extrovert. watch out! (8/10).
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