I have five children under the age of 9, and on Saturdays, when my husband is working, we are stuck in the house because of weather and finances. I want to do stuff together, but there is only one of me and five of them. I would like to find a way to entertain all of them because I don't want them in front of the television or computer all day. Any advice?
Sports, get your kids involved in any sport they want to. My girls did cheer, baseball and soccer. The boys did wrestling, baseball, soccer. Football, they all started very young and still do sports. Now i take my grandkids to their sporting events. I also took them fishing and hiking, picnics at the park. At one point i had children the same time my oldest daughter did. We put babies in strollers and everyone else including moms put roller skates on and skated in the park. I had six children and i know it is tiring but well worth it when they are grown. Raining days we watched movies, made cookies or cooked something. Kids are awesome.
If you honestly have to asked this question AFTER giving birth to 5 children, then my advice is to above all else....remember this moment the next time you have sex without protection!
Pack up lunch and head to the park. Collect bugs or leaves, or just sit and read a book in the shade. Children can learn about nature and you can keep them in sight if you set the boundries . Play Simon says..... green light red light, or eye spy with my little eyes. All these memories are free and the kids will look forward to the next trip, maybe to the beach.GOODLUCK!!!
Play laser tag!!!
I'm all about free.
Currently, (google this) many areas are offering bowling free for kids. I got a deal through kidsbowlfree.com, they get two games a day all summer long.
Parks: free and they have exercise. Have the older 1 or two cut out letters from boxes you recycle then hide them on the playground for the younger ones to find.
Playdough. You can make it. cheap. my favorite mix is just flour, water, oil and cream of tartar
Chalk. Buy at dollar store. Or make it from plaster of paris, heavy amounts of paint/food coloring and a toliet paper tube (pour in let it get hard, then peel away tube)
magnifiying glasses. (again, dollar store) Have them search out bugs outside and draw pictures
scissors. Especially for the 3-6 crowd, let them go to town on the lawn. Trims the lawn, practices cutting skills
Have your kids learn a new skill: jumprope, hopscotch, climb a tree,
Tye-dye. Easy. Rit Dye, hot water, salt and old clothes. I also use squirt bottles for more direct aim (ketchup or mustard bottles work great)
A lot of theaters have free or sharply reduced movies 1 day a week.
Hide pennies in an area you want cleaned
All the other ideas listed are great.
Subscribe to Family Fun Magazine - it will save your sanity! My kids are grown so I no longer subscribe, but if I found an issue at a doctor's office, the library, etc. I'd still read it cover to cover.
I also recommend you watch "19 Kids and Counting" to get some ideas. I am amazed at how smoothly their household runs. Anything can be turned into a game with little kids - sorting clothes, dusting, vacuuming, window washing, etc. What matters is if you have patience so that your kids learn to do things themselves, and to encourage their efforts even when the results will not be as good as if you had done the job yourself. Putting on "dance" music during chores is fun, and putting on a timer, for 15 or 30 minutes also helps. After some work, time for some play!
If you have simple flour and salt-you can make salt dough items....its VERY addictive so watch out.
1 cup flour 1 cup salt work enough water in to make a wonderful clay type substance.....you can use cookie cutters or roll it out like dough-make teddy bears and all kinds of decor things...some will be good enough to sell on ebay....after you make some "dough" items bake at 3.25 degrees till hard.Makes great christmas ornaments, teacher gifts,functional items...I wish I could be there to help! Its a blast!
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