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For all you dads and mamas who are stuck inside for whatever reason, I found something to do that took up about 45 min. today.<br>
An indoor obstical course! Of course this involves parent participation, but it tuned out to be incredibly stimulating for my daughter.<br>
It was basically a chair/stool/upsidedown bucket/pillow etc. pathway throughout the house, and then I put her indoor trike at one end and she would go about 8 feet further and then come back backwards to start again. It involved concentration, motor skills, balance and memory and was physically demanding. The repitition of it seemed to induce a focus which, if you have a spirited child like mine, is often hard to attain.<br><br>
Perhaps this is not a new idea to some, but it was revelatory to me.<br><br>
Hope it helps someone else.<br><br><br><br>
Nicole, musician-baker-mom to Cass Ruby(2).
 

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Great Idea! I'll try that out this weekend, its supposed to reain here all day. We also let our kids "jump" off our coffetable onto a pile of pillows. The 2 yr old just steps off onto the pile, I have to control the 6 yr old or she will do somersaults and get crazy. I also have a small Little Tykes slide I bring in to let them play on inside. My DD would go round and round when small and laugh each time!
 

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Thats a great idea. A bit advanced for ds but I will store that in my memory. We have a tunnel/tent thing I can set up that takes up all of my small little house. He thinks its great fun when I try to wiggle through the tunnel with him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Good idea--I can't wait to try it!<br><br>
We bring the plastic slide and the kiddie pool (filled with dry rice, beans, etc.) inside in the winter. And we build forts with sheets and chairs.
 

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Great idea! My dd will probably soon like something like that. She's just recently discovered the joys of climbing onto things - might as well put her skills to good use =)
 

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We also make a jumping area with pillows. I left our small sand and water table in the garage so we could bring it in during the winter. We just put a tablecloth on the kitchen floor. We have an open floor plan so the trikes come in also at times. Obstacle course sounds great.
 

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Thanks for reminding me we can do physically challenging stuff inside, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> DS' gross motor skills aren't quite up to the challenge you described, but we could do something similar for his level.
 

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cool<br><br>
course just getting the riding toy around the couch to the kitch is challage enough right now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
But that is a great idea when he is loder<br><br>
Aimee
 
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