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<p>I have a 2 year old brother and a 5 year old brother that I help care for. I also have a 2 month old son of my own. The boys get so stir crazy when it rains, and I frequently have to either take care of the baby or get some paperwork done so I cant have them up my nose all the time. The 5 year old wont play by himself, and they both hate arts and crafts. <img alt="greensad.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif"></p>
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<p>Any ideas as to what I can do for the older ones while I have the baby?</p>
 

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<p>We have an indoor trampoline, which is great. We did have a small ball pit but don't anymore. They enjoyed it, though. You can always do things like have them make a fort out of blankets & pillows or put down a towel and give them a small pan of water with measuring cups.</p>
 

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<p>the fort idea from PP is a good one! we also pile all blankets/comforter and pillows together and my ds rolls around for ever!</p>
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<p>playdough? my ds doesnt "play" with it, he just smashes and bangs on the playdough, which is fine with me :)</p>
 

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<p>Aqua sand. It makes a bit of a mess, but I pull it out when we're stuck inside, and it keeps the kids busy for awhile.</p>
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<p>Newspaper basketball. Use wadded up newspaper and tape to make a ball. Pull out some laundry baskets for baskets. Move the furniture around to make enough space for a game. The ball is soft enough that it won't do damage in the house.</p>
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<p>We also do blanket forts on rainy days - those work great. If you can get a large appliance box, those are great, too. You can help the kids make it into a fort or whatever they want to use it as.</p>
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<p>Books on CD. These save me on days I need to work from home.</p>
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<p>You said no arts and crafts, but have you tried folding paper airplanes? The 2 year old would be too small to make his own, but the 5 year old wouldn't, and a lot of little boys who don't like crafts will sit and fold paper airplanes, especially if you teach them a couple different styles (there are lots of great kits cheap in the bookshops). The two year old would be big enough to throw them.</p>
 
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