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I just had a baby a month ago and it really isnt nice enough to play outside yet so DD has been very bored latley. I need some ideas of fun, not to messy, indoor activites. I feel so guilty everytime I hear "I'm bored there is nothing to do" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Our favorite is making play dough.<br><br>
Playing with shaving creme in the shower is also a bit hit.<br><br>
also - check out <a href="http://www.familyfun.com" target="_blank">www.familyfun.com</a> or <a href="http://www.magicalchildhood.com" target="_blank">www.magicalchildhood.com</a> for ideas of other activities<br><br>
Plus there's always chores to be done! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Okay, so maybe four is a bit young for that, but my six year old can quickly find something to do when I tell him the house needs cleaning.
 

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Congratulations on your new baby!! I have a 4.5 year old and a new baby, too.<br><br>
My 4.5 year old LOVES books on tape (we get them from the library). She has her own little tape recorder, which she can operate herself, and she listens to these for about an hour a day. She also loves it when I give her catalogs or magazines from the recycling to cut up and use for collage.<br>
I wanted to write lots more, but am being summoned by dds. I'll come back later.
 

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My almost 5 yo loves to do dishes. She's slow, but it keeps her busy. She also LOVES activity books. Preschool-Kindergarten ages, ones that practice letters, numbers, basic reading, etc. She just needs me to read the directions. Computer games. There are some great educational, non-big commercial character ones. She doesn't just sit doing them either. Darn kid dances, sings, etc at times. One she has even teaches spanish.<br><br>
That's what I can think of right now.<br><br>
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My 4.75 year old likes hands on things right now. I'm thinking of getting her a ladybug habitat (we have the home, just need to get some ladybugs) or a frog habitat. I bought one of them from "<a href="http://www.insectlore.com" target="_blank">insect lore"</a>. They have lots of other bugs, it looks fun and something that would keep her busy with lots of learning potential.
 

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We have instituted fingerpainting Friday in our house. Dd puts on her swimsuit and gets in the tub. I squirt some fingerpaint on her hands and she smears it on the shower wall (plastic). It is easy to clean up since she is in the tub already. I give her a spray bottle of water and she sprays it clean when she is done. It takes up a good bit of time.<br><br>
We got dd a tape recorder with a microphone for Christmas and she likes that. She likes recording herself and listening to it.<br><br>
Dd plays games on the computer. Mostly educational games.<br><br>
She likes to mop the floor. It keeps her busy.<br><br>
We have an area in the basement where dd can ride her scooter, skate, bounce balls, do her hop ball. Last summer we set up a tent in the basement and dd was in there for a whole day playing. She even fell asleep in there.<br><br>
My dd likes to play store. I put prices on items and give her play money I made on the computer (Care Bear dollars) and she buys them. Then I put more stuff out until she is tired of doing it.<br><br><br><a href="http://fun.familyeducation.com/preschool/early-learning/33390.html" target="_blank">http://fun.familyeducation.com/presc...ing/33390.html</a><br><a href="http://www.enchantedlearning.com/categories/preschool.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.enchantedlearning.com/cat...reschool.shtml</a><br><br>
You could plant seeds together and have your dd check and water them.<br>
Maybe do a scavenger hunt inside?
 

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I also have a bored 4.5 year old and a new baby, so I really appreciate this thread. There are some good ideas here! I like the scavenger hunt idea. It might be fun to take some (digital camera) pictures of random objects around the house, print them out, and paste them onto index cards or something to create scavenger hunt cards that way. I might do that today... thanks for the inspiration, and keep the ideas coming!<br><br>
~Scout
 
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