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Old 03-21-2013, 03:55 PM
 
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are you insane i would never let my 3 year old son play or sharpen pins he could get hurt i would rather put him infront of a learning show or listen to music an have him sit by me 


Wow, insane?  Really?  I don't think that's a good measure for insanity.

 

I let my 3yo use the pin cushion while I'm with him too.  I don't really think it's very dangerous.  He doesn't put things in his mouth anymore, and I'm right there watching him.  He's not going to get very hurt by them, they are pins.  So what if he pokes his finger?  He learns to respect the sharp ends.  And he doesn't poke himself anyway, never has -- he's very careful.

 

Maybe the kind of thing that depends on the kid more than the age.

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What is Hi Ho Cheerios sounds interesting
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What is Hi Ho Cheerios sounds interesting

The board game Hi Ho Cherry O. Here's a link to a description on Amazon:
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Making a volcano with lava, or just skip the volcano and use a muffin tin for many little experiments. Add food coloring, vinegar and baking soda. You can also add dish detergent, but that may end up in the eyes of some little ones.

By the way our volcano is just a cone of construction paper with a small container inside of it to hold the ingredients. A more elaborate one could surely be made if desired (playdough, clay, etc). I place it on a cookie sheet to catch the "lava". If you try the muffin tin, place that on a cookie sheet also, to catch the overflow.

I am always amazed at how easy the clean up is to this messy project. I feel good knowing I am using vinegar and baking soda to 'clean' up also.
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What a great thread! I have an active four-year-old and I'll definitely be using some of these ideas.

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Today we made 'homemade slime', easy as can be. Cornstarch, not Borax though for this age group. Supervision too (in case child tries to eat it).
It is also known as Flubber. Recipes/ formulas can be found online, using few ingredients.
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