Because money is tight now, we have to entertain these kids daily.I don't beleive in shoveing kids in front of the TV 24/7 so, any ideas on activities that are cheap if not free. I'm trying to make a list, we spend alot of time hikeing, so if its outdoors thats great, but someone out there I bet has some great ideas, the dog can be included too.
They could watch movies, u could read them stories or make up stories. Have them draw pictures of their family and pets and then they can give that to their parents. How old are these kids gonna be, this will give me a better idea.
Make believe, Start a story let the next person add on and on ... Make sock puppets. Play dressup both boys and girls love it Make cookies, they have the cut and bake kind. Make salads, let them eat what they make, they do an amazing job. Stimulate their imaginations, children have amazing abilities to imagine! If its nice out get some chalk let them draw on the cement play tag, pretend camping, go to the library get books on plants for your area, let them find the plants and identify them, (might help if they are as allergic to poison ivy as I am =) lay on the grass and figure out what each cloud reminds you of. play tag, pick-up sticks, teach them simple or complicated card games. Most kids love number games, Pretend they have a store, are a farmer, a dentist, a veterinarian, etc.
They could bake easter cookies and decorate the cookies with sprinkles and frosting! Or have an easter egg hunt for them. You caould hide little surprises and go on a scavenger hunt. Kids will practically enjoy anything. :)
here are some of the things i have done with my girls and the kids i baby sit.
Block citys, I drug out every block in the house along with any little toys (pet shop animals, weebles, things about that size). We sat there building for hours with peeka blocks, legos, wood blocks, every kind of block you can think of. the end was a bed room turned into a city with little people and there pets. I had a sun and moon rattle from when my oldest was a baby and we hung that on the cealing fan. they played with that city for days.
Cookies and cakes. I love to bake so im always making cakes cookies and brownies. I let the girls help by frosting cakes, using cookie cutters. Once we did a big peanutbutter cookie (press the dough thin in a cake pan) once its totaly cool melt chocolate and pour ontop once its cool you eat it. The girls helped me spred the chocolate after i dumped it in, they put the cookie dough in the cake pan with I pressed it down, and they got to count out the eggs, pour the water and stur after I got it moist (2 kids mixing up a batch of cookies befor everything is moist is not fun LOL)
Paper mache tons of fun messy and great to do outside. get out old cardbord boxes, Tp tubes and things like that, You help get the shape of what they want (my girls like wands a paper town roll and wad of paper on top) then put the first few pieces on to show them how. After that let them do it once its dry (garage is a nice cool dry place to dry them) they can paint them.
sometimes I get online with my oldest (6 years old) and help her pick a game on www.funschool.com. or ill get on with my young one (3 years old) and she will play on www.pbskids.org. It does not happen ofte but they need to learn to use a computer and the games on there are great for kids.
about a month ago the girls went on a rock hunt, it was almost time to cut the grass and we didnt want to hit any rocks so i started to pick them up, the girs though it was fun and went rock hunting everyone night for over a week. they got all the rocks out of the yard, they then put them in piles (big med and small) then i put them in the bottoms of flowerpots. if you dotn need them for flower pots you can have them paint them.
One of my faves was when we made walk way stones. i mixed the stuff (DO NOT USE A BLENDER it sticks and its hard to get out) shaped it and they put stones, beads, charms, what ever they could find on them. I did find making it thinner and using something like cookie cutters (for small) boxes (med) and cake pans (large) worked alot better then using your hands. It stayed wet alot longer so they didnt have to rush wile putting things in them and then have them fall off a few days later.
Sence I have girls they love flowers. they help me plant flowers, when we go to there grandmas house we walk along the wood line and pick wild flowers. its alot of fun
Shaving cream paining is a blast, there are so many diffrent things you can do. Add glue mix it up and you have puffy art. drizzla food coloring ontop lay a paper down push a little and you have nice looking paper you can write on later with. Shaving cream art great.
Just rember have fun, be creative, and make a mess
I'm gonna trade this life for fortune and fame I'd even cut my hair and change my name