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#1 of 11 Old 07-23-2008, 04:32 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking for fun new things to do with my kids. I've asked this before, but I only got two lonely responses, and I know there are some fun mamas here with some great ideas. What are your favorite things to do with your kids? I'm looking for all types of ideas--arts & crafts, games, outside & inside play. Let's make a big list!
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#2 of 11 Old 07-23-2008, 04:45 PM
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Some of our favorite things to do are:

Water play outside

Draw a town on a large sheet of paper and drive cars/boats around on it

Play board/card games (Cariboo, Memory, Go Fish, Trouble, etc.)

Go for walks where we try to find a certain thing (worm walks, bird walks, leaf walks, etc.)


Dance to music


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Let's see my little ones are only 2 and 2 months so my activities are definately geared much younger

Make homemade playdough
Bake cookies
Cook from scratch ( he loves getting flour everywhere!)
Coffee filter art work (use coffee filters, color with markers, blend with water)
Build towers
go to the library
go to the book store

will add as I think of more!
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My favorite thing to do with my kids is dance! We turn up the music and go crazy. :

We also love:
Imaginative play (they love to be animals)
Making cookies (and eating too many of them right out of the oven)
Building things
Going for walks
Playing outside

Great idea for a thread!
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Playing in our yard, going to the park, the library, the children's museum, the zoo, visiting friends, doing crafts, and reading stores.

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Right now I'm playing Yahtzee with my hubby, 13, 7 and 4.5 year old.

We have been spending the summer:

swimming at the pool
tea parties (I like to do a read aloud from our mini set of Peter Rabbit books)
riding bikes
catching fireflies
nature walked (although these have turned into Geocaching hikes)
cooking (I'm trying to have one help a night and the older plan the dinner)
fishing (this is dad's area)
playing with neighbor's kids
day trips (museums, local nature museums, local libraries, zoo)
movie and popcorn night (netflix at home)

I save computer games and the Wii for rainy days or days I'm just braindead.

I'm also trying to be consistent with a little academics, Bible craft, chores and hope to start adding in Spanish words and sentances.
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My favorite things to do is just let it happen. Yesterday we had a day like this. The kids played in the sandbox for a long time and got all sandy, wet and yucky but had a blast. I dont know if that was as much fun or the hosing everyone down afterwards was.

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Have a bath
Berry Picking
Go to the beach
Have a picnic outide in the yard

Mama to two beautiful children. 

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treasure hunt (my kids love them!)
nature walks
gardening/yard work
yard picnic
run in the sprinkler
hide n seek


play music and dance or sing
board games
hide n seek
mop and let them slide on the wet floor in socks (my kids used to do this and it got on my nerves and then I just started letting them do it!)

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19 y-o
12 y-o (private school)
5 y-o (home schooled)
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I have always thought that I would not like my son to have video games as I don't want him sitting in front of the TV all day long etc. He will be 5 this summer and has 4 cousins who live down the road and they have video games. DS has been BEGGING to go and play them but if he's there alone I can't control what games he's playing or how long etc. so I decided to borrow their extra system that they keep at Grandma's house and I have been playing it with DS each day this week and we have SO MUCH FUN! I work from home and feel like I don't get to spend a lot of time with him, just me and him goofing around..so this has been so much fun to play with him!! It's like watching someone's baby and then you get to give it back..LOL
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Make a cake in the crock pot

Visit weird local museums you've never been to (today we went to the National Museum of Dentistry)

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