Entertaining at Home

I'm wrapping up my work with a couple of freelance clients and as a result life is slowly getting back to normal around here. (The word "Normal", being entirely subjective.) The kid's last day of daycare was yesterday and they celebrated by bringing a valentines cake. Even though we missed the heck out each other while I was working, I've realized that they are used to having super social and busy daycare days. So I've been running around the house like a crazy mama putting together activities for the kids.

We..
fingerpainted. Which was 15 minutes of set up and 20 minutes of cleanup for 8 minutes of painting and then , "I'm done".

Son and I put together his new Pyrate treasure chest that I bought for $6.99 at Aldi! It took us (me) and hour to put it all together and the little Mega Blox fall apart if you play too hard. (Which of course a 4 year old is gonna do.) So I was rushing in for repairs every 10 minutes till we decided we would pretend the decay was from cannon ball fire and left it as is.

Anybody got any good ideas about what I can do with a 2 and 4 year old? I'm running out of projects! I would park them in front of a movie but son tends to glaze out and then mindlessly wipe snots on the sofa. Daughter decides she wants to watch Elmo and if he doesn't appear within the first 5 minutes of any given show she'll start yelling "ELMO! ELMO" like she's in Streetcar Named Desire. "STELLA! STELLA!".

21 comments:

Gretchen said...

Scissors. My kids love cutting big sheets of paper into itty-bitty scraps. I vacuum when they are done.

Mini Marshmallows. For play or eating.

A box of tissues. Pull them out one by one. Then throw them up like it's snow.

Box of post-its. They'll end up everywhere.

Um... How 'bout you come over? My 4 and 2 would love it!

mark said...

I think Jenny wrote about a possible solution to this - start training them for the service industry. You're never too young to learn how to clean windows and dust.

Domestic Chicky said...

Coloring, play-doh, glue & glitter, pipe cleaners, those little dots you use for marking prices at a yard sale (on construction paper), rice and measuring cups/spoons, cotton balls (spoon races, batting around), macaroni art, stringing macaroni...
But dusting, dusting is GOOD!!

Jenny said...

Hailey spent over an hour yesterday meticulously bringing Bubba one piece of cat kibble at a time to eat. She's a little OCD and the cat's getting spoiled but it killed some time.

Heather said...

The scissors are a great idea, just make sure to offer up the no one cuts your hair but Mommy and the lady at the haircut place first.

Foam stickers are a big hit at our house. Stickers and paper will keep my girls busy for awhile.

My 3 y.o. is great about helping with cleaning, especially if there are tools--like the vacuum or broom.

Elizabeth said...

Keeping them appropriately entertained when they're 17 and 15 is an even bigger challenge.
And just as tiring...

Mamma said...

Play-doh's popular at Chez Mamma.

There are also hours dedicated to cars. I swear I will find cars tucked away as I search for the purse to wear to my youngest's wedding.

Stephanie said...

play dough, face painting, blocks, trampoline, sensory table, dancing to a video, work out videos (my daughter LOVES them), instruments, hide and seek, camping out (i make tents with sheets), color stuff (I'll make cupcakes and put white icing in a few different bowls, put food dye in them and have taylor tell me the colors), play with shaving cream, in jello, umm.. there is other stuff we do but I can't think at the moment.

Stephanie said...

OOOH one of our favorites: build little houses with tooth picks and baby marshmallows then eat them!

dress up

kitchen/house

yerdoingitwrong said...

You have gobblelicious kiddos!!

Betsy Wasser said...

Recreational bath! My two-year old loves the splashing around. I don't really have to do anything. And, bonus, he's clean.

Esmerelda said...

I gave them games (educational, but fun) to play on my old laptop...even solitaire keeps them busy for hours. I'm amazed at how quickly the 3 year old began to understand how it worked!

Angelina said...

One option no one has mentioned is to stick them both outside in the back yard with their warmest clothes on and tell them you'll let them in only for potty breaks and to administer care to bloody emergencies.

Another option is to put them both in one of their rooms furnished with boxing gloves and tell them to duke out their boredom with each other until dinner time.

I lean heavily on computer games and movies.

mommiebear2 said...

We do the bath time idea like Betsy mentioned. Works great - sometimes we even do popsicle time in the tub.

Oh, The Joys said...

I'm thinking I need one of those hamster wheels - only toddler sized.

Samantha said...

I am going to agree with Mark LOL My girls LOVE to clean when I let them. Give them a washrag and some soapy water and my walls, tables, appliances...etc...shine!

Diana said...

NAPS!!!

Mwahahaha!!!

;)

Lotta said...

Excellent suggestions! Son has wised up to the cleaning ploy but daughter may still be young enough to pull in.

Wendy said...

You can go visit Chris at in the trenches of motherhood.
It is family fun month.

Looks like fun.

Anonymous said...

how about playing games? chutes and ladders? candyland? perfection? dora the explorer? or read where's waldo. and they can take turns looking for or pointing out waldo. help son to write a story, either making up new characters or using ones from a tv show he likes. he and sis can try to act out the story once he finishes an episode. if he likes his story, you can help him make a picture book out of it with a hole punch and some string/yarn.

Lotta said...

The trick about games and such is that the almost 2 year old wants to eat the pieces while the 4 year old is trying to actually plya. But I do love the idea of making a book!

Water play has been winning out. I've had to rub them down with oil to keep their skin from drying up. But letting them play with some food coloring and warm bath water is the bomb. I bring my book into the bathroom and sit by the tub while they frolic for a good 45 minutes. Afterwards they are so relaxed it's easier to do laid back activities like coloring.

I'm writing down ALL of your suggestions though!