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« Reply #20 on: June 29, 2007 04:52:29 AM »

lovething~ I had completely forgotten about those stick-on foam shapes. What a great idea!! I was just thinking about ordering a bunch of inexpensive craft doo-dads from Oriental Trading Co. to keep my small guy occupied this summer.
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Glue, buttons, and a wall. Hmmm...

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« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2007 07:49:50 AM »

I hope that this is getting better for you.  My daughter seems to be getting better.  *The crafts are lasting her 20 mins. instead of fifteen.   Wink"

I thought of something else I did when I was little.  We had a dog, and my mom would make her T-shirts out of scraps (small dog) and I would decorate them with fabric paint.  Don't know if you have pets willing to wear t-shirts, but it might give you another 20 min. somewhere.

« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2007 09:05:38 AM »

Other days, I basically tell them all to go deal with it themselves and they seem to survive 
Guilty of this, too.

Bear in mind they grow up fast! two months from now you will be working 30 minutes at a time instead of ten...keep the frustration in perspective.

Frankly I'm surprised I didn't see this listed: computer. Yes, I said it- put that 3 year old on PBSKids.org- she will be reading before you know it! 85% of the activities have oral instructions so the child doesn't have to read to play. Starfall.com is also fantastic (my two are playing on it right now). Yes, my computer is in the same room as my sewing space, as is the one we just bought for the girls from Goodwill for $250 ( HP with cd rom, and 80... yes 80 gigs of ram, Windows XP all included). I got a huge monitor from my brother for free and spent another $75 on speakers, mouse, keyboard, and cable to the router. I splurged on the keyboard and bought that soft flexible spill proof one for $40. I've got an old printer to hook up too, but need cables><

And don't worry that they will be couch potatos either, Big Big World, Arthur, Sesame Street, Boobah & Between the Lions sections all have "get up & move with me" stuff- they dance along with their favorites in front of the computer. They sing along, they talk back- I love it! The only drawback is I'll be working along & find myself humming things like "when two vowels go walkin' the first one does the talkin'"....
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2007 07:41:22 PM »

My little girl loves to get on the computer (so grown up!).  I have some pre-school type software and a Dora game, etc.  Just sorta keep it around the area you're working to keep an eye on the screen- you don't want to come back to 'You've just deleted 6,000 files- press complete!'. 

Other times I'll make a lovely 'new' set-up: like taking out a colorful blanket and arranging her dollhouse and tables/etc...bringing out some fun music.  That can keep her occupied for well over an hour!  Another fun one is dress up with some music/fake camera/etc.

A couple active toys are nice too: a 'spinner' is small and compact (the kind they sit on and hold the middle and spin until mom gets queasy looking!).  An exercise vid for kids.

NE-how: hope that helps some!
« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2007 07:02:55 PM »

I am surprised how quickly they pick up how to use the mouse! My 6 yo love pbs kids.org.  It's my 2 yo I have to corral somehow!
« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2007 12:23:36 AM »

I got my girl a toy iron the other day, you could give them the cuts of the fabric and let them iron it.

Or you could quickly cut the scraps into shapes, have them draw on a piece of paper and glue the scraps on location (circle for sun, square house, triangle roof, clothing for the stickmen) while they are sorting out the shapes and working that pritt stick, you can work the machine.
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