Saturday, 11 February 2012

22 Ways To Entertain Your Kidlets

Are you ready for this?? 22 totally fun things to do with your little kidlets. This may be the longest blog post EVER, it has to be a least a couple of feet long ;) I focus a great deal of our time during the day on free play. Granted we do have a schedule we stick too, there is no set-in-stone/must-do ritual to our activities. If we wanna paint, we paint, if we wanna read, we read. The day itself is set up into 'times', we have snack time, outside time, creative time, nap time and the rest flows around that. 

We all have those moments where we get ourselves into a rut and we just need a little inspiration to help us wiggle our way out. Anyway, I wanted to compile a list of the fun things we like to do around here and also give some shout outs to other awesome blogs that have inspired some of our fun activities. Having fun doesn't need to cost money or require a big planned extravaganza, you just need the tools necessary and always handy for when their little moods change. Here we go...

Up North & my in-laws, skating on the bay.
1. We happen to live in Canada and we get snow...alot, and our lakes & rivers freeze good and thick. So we get out the good ol' hockey sticks and hit the ice. So stereotypical eh?? ;)
 2. It's too cold to go swimming but a bath will do. Gather the gang and get them in the tub with bath crayons. They think they are living life on the edge every time, they get to colour on the walls!

 3. Go to a local children's museum.













4. Read books, all day, every day. There is nowhere you can't go in a book.
 5. Paint with things other than brushes. We used q-tips here. Put your different paint colours in empty egg carton trays for easy cleanup.
 6. Craft with anything you have around the house. (I'm not talking about my Grandma)
 7. Colour! Use all different forums. Crayons, markers, pencils, pencil crayons. I found these cute snowmen printouts at What the Teacher Wants.
 8. Cook something and dress up for the part while your at it. It will get messy, but the best part is, they came washable so you're good!










9. Do a science experiment. You can get tons of experiments on the web. We used our Doctor Dreadful kit for this one.


 10. Practice shapes, numbers or letters by tracing the item using stickers.
 11. Build the biggest train track you can. If you don't have a train track set, see tip #15.
 12. Get your dance on! Galaxy on Rogers has a great kids radio station we play all day and we just crank it up and get out the instruments and have a good ol' dance party!
 13. Get some toilet paper and wrap yourself as mummy's. We got this great idea from Six Sisters Stuff.
 14. Put some food colouring and water in a spray bottle and go make art in the snow. We had several bottles and mixed primary colours to get a secondary colour lesson in while we were at it. This idea was adapted from Really Quite Lucky.
 15. Make a car track out of painters or masking tape to go around the room and up and down furniture. We got this idea from The Mother Huddle.
 16. Make an indoor slide with your legs. Prop them up on the couch, ottoman or table and they are ready to go!
 17. If you have a tent, no one said it's only for outside. Pop it up and let them go. My kidlets will spend hours inside when we pop it up, they think it's a jungle gym or something. Throw some soft balls in there and it's even more fun!
 18. Make a snowman!
19. Have a concert. My kidlets will perform what they call a 'Silly Town Concert'. You don't need to know how to play a specific instrument, a lot can be said for the shakers or triangle, trust me!










 20. Go tobogganing.
















21. Body paint with washable body crayons. This is another rebel activity ;)
 22. And last, but certainly not least...snuggle, snuggle, snuggle.









Hope you found some inspiration, go have fun!





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38 comments:

  1. Awww such fun ideas!! We do many of those things too, I love anything that the kids have to use their imaginations :) My son would love the painter's tape track...he's always making tracks out of random stuff lol. And I LOVE that last pic of you guys! Such an adorable family :)

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  2. HAha! OH my! I am totally wrapping my kids up in toilet paper tomorrow! My son is gonna love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Yeah - I'm with Sarah on this one! What a FABULOUS idea. I'm going to buy some el-cheapo single ply and wrap Little Moo up - I think (hope...) that she will love it :-)

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    1. Buy cheap for sure and get a couple rolls out. My littlest ripped hers off right away until her brother was all outfitted, then she was game ;) Have fun!!!

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  4. What a great list of ideas!! I love them all. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! Have a great week!

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  5. I love the homemade car tracks and making shapes with stickers. What great ideas.

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    1. Thank you Jodi, they loved it too. They rearranged the track after awhile, it was a hit. The shapes really help with identification, once she does a sticker shape, she pretty much has them down!

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  6. thanks for the GREAT list!! I've pinned it and shared it on the Brassy Apple fb page! :)

    thanks for linking up to Make it monday!

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  7. Awesome ideas! Love the "rebel" activity -- right up my alley! I would love it if you would come link up with Busy Monday (through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better.

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    1. Thanks Charlene, I would love to check out A Pinch of Joy. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

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  8. love, LOVE this post. can't wait to look around some more here!!

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    1. Great! Glad you stopped by, poke around as much as you'd like ;)

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  9. So many fun ideas! My brother and I used to love train tracks.

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  10. There are SO many fun ideas! I need these during the winter time! :) I love the train tracks, too!! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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    1. Thanks Alison, just trying to have some fun around here :)

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  11. Love this list and yes I did get a few new ideas. I even pinned some. Can't wait to try them out--I think Q-tip painting will be first on the list tomorrow. What fun!

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  12. What fun ideas!! I need to remember to take time to play with my kids.
    I'd love for you to share this at my new link party.
    Rachel
    http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/02/terrific-tuesday-2-and-features.html

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    1. Thank you Rachel! I would love to link up! Thank you for the invite!

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  13. Thanks for the lovely ideas!! i'm new to the blogging thing, just found your blog through Sunday Showcase (http://www.momto2poshlildivas.com/).
    Can't wait to try some, especially bath painting and mummifying!!

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    1. AWESOME! Welcome to the blogging world, I am a newbie too, just started in December. It is a wonderful outlet to do something for myself, which only took years of convincing and I finally jump in and am glad I did! Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you around these parts again ;)

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  14. looks like you guys are having a whale of a time..thanks for the ideas..
    xoxo.

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    1. Lol! We sure give it a good try. I love that having kids is a great way to disguise being a kid at heart...I'd look pretty silly on the teacups at the fair all by myself ;)

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  15. What a wonderful collection of fun ideas! Thanks for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

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  16. Your post exudes the love and creativity in your home.

    I've featured this tonight at Creative Juice. Thanks so much for sharing...

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    1. Nicolette, you just made my month! That is the sweetest thing to say, really I can't tell you how much that means to me. Thank you so much!!

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  17. Great list! That mummy makes me laugh. I'll have to try this sometime. Totally worth the cost of a roll of TP I'm sure! lol

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    1. Thanks Krissy!! Go to the dollar store and get some for cheapo! It is worth it for sure ;)

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  18. Absolutely fantastic ideas!!!

    Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xxx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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