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?
Take them to a dance class. Play "Dancing with the Stars." Ballroom dancing is everywhere. Some Arthur Murray Dance Studios (Glendale Ca.) offer Arthur's Kids Group classes on Saturdays. It's a fun and productive way to spend an hour or two and parents learn too just watching their kids in class.
I have 6 kids they are now aged 23-13, when they were younger we spent alot of time at the park on Saturdays that was kind of our kick back day, blankets pillows, balls, frisbees, art stuff, books, peanut butter sandwiches, chips and capri suns, don't forget the sunblock. Also an arts and crafts day is fun too, for holidays and birthday gifts too.
take them to the mall where they can play games and buy them ice cream its not that expensive
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!
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!
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'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.
Play laser tag!!!
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