oh! on the days i have energy i will totally join in! when i was due with my first turkey baby (joey, my 3rd was born nov 25th, 2006) i went to the library and looked up several fun craft books....not just random ones, but ones the girls had specific interests in...we brought home a "how to make paper airplanes" book (which DH probably loved more than the girls did lol) and looked up how to make yarn dolls, corn husk dolls...etc. i also briefly got into quilting around that time (hand stitching, so i could sit in my chair and be with the family leisurely in the evenings, it was quilting to keep my hands busy, but not so much with "i must finish this project NOW!" so i never stressed about it) we also got into the Little house on the Prairie books and began reading them a bit everynight and talking about the stories. (this is probably what prompted my quilting urges lol)
baking is alot of fun when you do it without a purpose. what i mean is, you dont care what the cookies look like, or if the cake is burned...etc. you do it simply for the fun of doing it. if you have a bread machine, making bread right now is really nice too! makes the house smell wonderous, is easy for the kids (just mix the ingredients and take turns hitting the button on the machine) and then watch it go!
we also like making thanksgiving placemats. easy. just give them construction paper and they can draw whatever they want, buy some thanksgiving or harvest like stickers they can put wherever, and then i TRY to trace thier hands (making handprints like turkeys is optional) and stick at least one pic of each child on thier own placemat, then use laminating paper to seal it. this also makes a great momento keepsake. i have some we did from when the girls were 1 and 2 years old! just priceless to go back and look at and reuse every year again and again. (the kids usually pic which one they want to use, this years, last years, or one of thier "baby years" one...even your youngest housemember can do one too.)
we took the kids out last weekend to a specific park that has alot of mature trees and just played in the leaf piles. this is a tradition we do every year...always the same park.
i'm usually the photographer on the years i'm pregnant lol.
one day you coudl scope out some recycling centers and bring home a few large refridgerator boxes. we've done this one weekend where dh is home...then he constructs the coolest things, space ships, cars...etc. i let them play in them that week, or whenever it is compeltely demolished lol.
also, the kids made little robots out of recycling boxes and cans last week. (they actually hid thier robot from me when i went to throw him away! guess they became quite attached to him)
one thing we do, since we are living so far from family, is print out pics of our family members back home and then make little picture holders to put on the table around the food and stuff...helps with "keeping them close"
also, making little center peices for thanksgiving is nice. make felt stockings for christmas...everyone pitching in for making one for baby.
Usborne books has some fantastic craft and science experiments for little ones you coudl look up at your library. here is one for fun science stuff using things in your kitchen:http://www.amazon.com/Science-Kitche...5359855&sr=8-5
and here is one for science projects using water:http://www.amazon.com/Science-Water-...5359855&sr=8-6
just some ideas! i cant wait to see what everyone else says!