The "problem is" what do I do with dd number 2 who is just 5. We don't believe in academics until first grade.
The tv is sure tempting.......
Single Mom to 3 (12, 17 & 21) and .
actually, scissors paper and glue would probably keep most 5yo's occupied for hours - toss in some glitter and it's all day. maybe the older one could pitch in to help clean up the mess at the end of the day.
Also, she would play dressup for hours at a time(we have a pretty extensive "wardrobe" of odds and ends and old costumes). Reading a book that captured her imagination often got her started on playing wedding or pretending to have a baby or be a horseback rider.
Books on tape are a big hit -- I get them from the library. She would often like to color or act out the story as she listened. We go for the long books that don't have a read-along -- things like All of a Kind Family (which set off a frenzy of dusting all of the furniture), Mouse and the Motorcycle, Charlotte's Web (wanted to imitate Wilbur making spiderweb), Rabbit Hill (pretend to be a bunny).
I'm pretty strict about toy rotation, so bringing something out of storage is a Big Event here.
Other craft ideas: trace her body on a big sheet of paper(we use a newspaper endroll), and decorate it. Pound finishing nails into a big piece of cork; wrap yarn or string around if you feel like it. Make a sculpture out of those styrofoam packing pellets that melt when they get wet (dab on water with a q-tip). Mess around with eyedroppers. Mess around with a stopwatch. Make a sculpture out of odds and ends like toilet paper rolls, leftover wrapping paper and styrofoam trays. Dd got into weaving at that age. Supply her with coffee filters to dip in paint, blank cards to decorate for holidays.
Make a reservation for a pretend meal at "her restaurant" in half an hour (or whatever)...she can use the time to set the table (maybe including a tissue paper bouquet or somesuch), make a menu, prepare "food". Then you and older daughter arrive and enter into "her" world for awhile.
Put 10-25lbs dry rice (may include dry beans) in a large plastic box and enjoy the novelty of an indoor sandbox. DO NOT DO THIS ON CARPET! No matter how careful you are it will go all over, even if you put down a vinyl tablecloth as a floor mat.
If you *do* find yourself reaching for the TV remote, I'd recommend the Preschool Power videos. They have a website, avail. also at Amazon...I get them from the library. Anyway, they show kids ages 2-5 doing kidstuff (the later videos in the series have more stuff for older kids). They do stuff like fix snacks, make crafts (including a terrarium and a sand garden), clean up after themselves. The over-riding theme is "I can do it on my own once I've been shown". You might want to watch them yourself so you can then help dd do some of the activities herself -- a 5yo won't necessarily learn all the skills needed to act independently by watching the video once.
I keep editing this because I keep thinking of new things...guess it's just one of those days.
i would recommend agaist the tv. I would only distract the older one or may seem unfair to her that her brother gets to watch and she has to do work.
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It can be very dificult to spend one on one time with him (as for a math worksheet/science experiment/reading from a chapter book) without her horning in in an intrusive way. I realize it will pass soon as she matures and is more able and willing, but at times, it is difficult. (and she doesn't nap very often anymore, darn!!
I def. agree that offering interesting activities helps, but sometimes it doesn't do the trick; I accept that we will just have to work with it for a while longer (and soon, we will have 4th player at scrabble/cards/dominoes, etc, lol!) kimberly, mom to Forest, 9 and Lily, 2