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Setting up the sand and water table on my sundeck for spring and summer. My downstairs neighbour usually complains due to water dripping because of spillage (sand clogging the water drain, water dripping out slowly). I am desperate to keep ds busy with activities OTHER THAN the Wii and computer. He's on technology way too often.

 

How else do you keep your 3 y.o. son busy? Dh and I are usually fighting exhaustion and of course take him swimming, to the park, etc. but this is a challenge in our house.


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Our 3 yr old girl likes: wooden blocks, painting, play doh, bubbles, riding her bike, chalk, playing lil people, lots of make believe.
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My 4 year old girl loves all of the above, plus turning over stones to find wormies. And frogs! Oh, does she giggle!  :bgbounce 

 

I'm trying to keep Juniper's attention away from technology occupied for as long as possible. This is difficult as all my sisters have computers, iPads etc and their screens are often filled with animal images and bright colours that she would be attracted to.

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I go "Hey you, play with your brother."


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notes.gif  Great thread idea! I've got the same problem.

 

How about books, either your own collection or visiting the library for story time and then picking out some reading material?

A car or train wash. Set up a bowl of soapy water and let him wash his toys (my ds LOVES this).

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When my son was 3 he enjoyed blocks, wooden trains, arranging game pieces such as checkers on a checkerboard (he was beginning to learn to play games by the rules, but if nobody was available to play with him he'd just play with the pieces), and making pictures with dry beans and glue on cardboard.


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notes.gif  Great thread idea! I've got the same problem.

 

How about books, either your own collection or visiting the library for story time and then picking out some reading material?

A car or train wash. Set up a bowl of soapy water and let him wash his toys (my ds LOVES this).

 

That's such a brilliant suggestion - letting him wash his toys! I'm sure Juniper will love to. Thank you for that. :)

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Great ideas. I used to let my dd's paint but have gotten lazy with ds. Just don't want to have to do the clean up and worry about keeping his hands off stuff. LOL  Guess that is something I need to put aside. Thanks for the ideas Mamas!

 

Today we went for a nice walk in the rain and spent some time on our sundeck. He poured rocks from his sandbox into a bucket of water for 10 minutes. He loved that. :)


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Is there a local playgroup you can go to? Sometimes these are in churches or libraries, or sponsored by a local nonprofit. Playgroups were my salvation when my kids were little. Kids were occupied with friends and 'different' toys and moms could chat!!


 
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A few things that would occupy my son for a while were:

 

-A large plastic bin filled with dried rice (from Costco) and bowls, spoons, scoops, and measuring cups for filling/pouring. We spread out an old tablecloth and put the rice bin on top of that for easier clean up if there are spills. You could also get little construction vehicles to put in, or little people or animals.

 

-Making edible "concoctions" - I would get out a muffin tin and fill each spot with a different food (oats, sesame seeds, coconut flakes, cereal, flour, sugar, etc.). Then I'd give him an empty bowl, a spoon, and a measuring cup filled with water. He'd sprinkle some ingredients into the bowl, add some water, stir, taste, add more ingredients, and so on. Also a fun activity to investigate what sinks, what floats, what dissolves, what expands, etc. Just be prepared that you'll likely be asked to do a taste test, so plan out the ingredients you prepare with that in mind ;-)

 

-Lots of coins and a piggy bank to put them in.

 

-Making a puffball mountain out of puffballs and glue (on a piece of thick construction paper or poster board).

 

It's fun to see everyone's ideas!

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I go "Hey you, play with your brother."

Me too! Except it's go play with your sister!
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Painting with water is fun and less messy than typical paints. Try a cup with a large paintbrush, let him go to town on your deck. A spray bottle with water also would occupy my 3 yo for a while. Washable watercolors are also a less messy painting option. Do you have a mat to put out when he does a messy activity? I got a couple of yards of cheap checkered tablecloth material (the kind that's plasticky on the top and fabric on the other side) from the fabric store and cut it into various sizes appropriate for different activities. It folds up easily, you can pour or shake off excess, and I find it helpful for visually confining the activity to a certain area even when it's on the floor.

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Shaving cream in the bathtub, dancing music and ribbons, jumping on a mattress on the floor, and Legos and knex kept my dd busy that age. If you have a yard and lawn chairs or a blanket just going outside and setting the boundaries for your child to play in may help, especially if you bring bubbles.
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Anything that has to do with art like: coloring, glue and glitter, glue and yarn, making a puzzle out of construction paper, making bird feeders out of sticks/ pine cones, playing with shaving cream and its always fun having different color shaving cream.
That's what I can think of at the moment.

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