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What to do with an energetic 5 year old?

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jul 27, 2010
    • I’m taking a more active role in the raising of my husband’s 5 year old granddaughter. I’ve looked after her a lot since the beginning but I want to do some fun and interesting and educational activities with her. She goes into kindergarten this year and we have her in soccer but on days when it’s just she and I, what are some things I can do with her?

      She knows I like to cook. Today she and I made homemade pizza. She rolled out the dough and put the cheese on top. She was so proud. Joe came home for lunch and she was very excited. Then while in the car she asked me if we can make donuts with sprinkles tomorrow. So I’ll take her to the pool and then we’ll come home for lunch and make donuts for dessert with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

      We have a goat cheese farm nearby and I hear they have tours and let the kids pet the goats.

      After that I’m fresh out of ideas.  Any suggestions?




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      Nerissa wrote Jul 27, 2010
    • Colored chalk to draw on the sidewalk. Paints, water colors, large tablets to practice writing,  crayons for impromptu art classes. Baking or helping make treats in the kitchen. Play dough or make it yourself modeling clay is a good one. Planting and growing things together in the garden is good. On line interactive games on websites like Nickolodean or Sesame Street. A trip to the libray is great they can pick out books they like to be read, your local zoo, art museum, science center, roller skating, riding bikes, making finger puppets and telling stories, playing in the pool there’s loads of stuff to do and my all time favorite da da da blowing bubblesestatic




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      Cheekymonkey wrote Jul 27, 2010
    • heart make her a “just because party “and invite afew girls and have them dress up like mom or their fav princess.
      Teach her to fly a kite.  Make crafts. I do this kind of thing all the time when I watch my nieces and nephew. Ages 4,5, and7 I have all kinds of ideas of you need them




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      Yana Berlin wrote Jul 27, 2010
    • Cynthia, your granddaughter is precious and so lucky to have you.

      Click on This blog is from UK  it will give you an idea for what my goddaughters love to do with iron on beads.  

      More power to you girl....I don’t know if I could handle a five year old for more than few hours at a time. estatic




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      Anne E wrote Jul 27, 2010
    • Can you go to the beach and build sand castles?




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      Linni wrote Jul 28, 2010
    • how lucky she is to have you!  

      i used to do different things every night when my children were young... art night one night music night the next night, movie night ect...  

      the one thing they loved to do is to color noodles.. lol you can use food coloring, or tempra paint.. put a few drops of either one in a container ( one you dont need ) and one tsp of rubbing alcohol, drop in the noodles ( we always used different shapes and sizes ) mix them till covered with color, pour out on foil or wax paper, and let dry.. they can be used for all sorts of things.. my son used them for math, my youngest made necklaces and my oldest used them for pictures.. lol

      you could make butter, or ice cream...

      have fun!
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      Cathie Beck wrote Jul 28, 2010
    • Oh yes, Nerissa! Blowing bubbles! My daughter thought me nutty for buying bubbles for my 3 grand daughters until she saw what fun they had. We sat out on the deck in a row,
      blowing bubbles for quite awhile. Grandma had as fun as they did, ;oD  

      Cathie




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      Mztracy wrote Jul 28, 2010
    • an easel, paper, finger paints, and fun fun fun

      outside of course! lol




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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Jul 28, 2010
    • All great ideas here..Cynthia, I know that you make every minute of everyday special for her.
      Swimming is a great activity.




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      Kathryn O'Hara wrote Jul 28, 2010
    • Bless your heart for spending so much time with her!  You will always be special in her heart.  Go to the printing office of your local newspaper and see if they sell the mill ends of their paper.  It is the end of the big rolls of newsprint and they are usually available for under $5.00.  She can roll it out and color,paint,draw, whatever.  Or go to the fabric store and buy a few yards of the cheapest chiffon,lace,rayon lining fabric etc in some pretty colors and let her play dress-up or wedding or fancy ball.  If you have a local 2nd hand store, get silk flowers and jewelry for her to use too.  You can take pictures of her dressed up,like a picture a day and then at the end of the month, the two of you can put together an album.  At 5, she will need supervision, but she can do the gluing and cutting of papers and sticker sticking for the album. And have her put the silverware in the dishwasher and put away the clean silverware.  Chores make a child feel important, esp when you explain how important it is to share in the work.  And if a job belongs only to her...Oh, and outdoor teaparties are the best, esp if she is dressed up and wearing an old easter bonnet/hat.  Also, going garage sale-ing is a blast with kids.  Give her a few dollars and show her how she can budget it.  She’ll find amazing treasures and you teach her how to save the planet and save $$ at the same time.  Have fun!




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      Jo46 wrote Jul 28, 2010
    • Make peanutbutter bird feeders!  My 8 year old love to take his army men and put them in a dixie cup and then freeze them!!!!!!!!!!!!  Then he loves to let them melt in the sun!  Slip and slide is always fun!  Outside play at the park with other kids is good too! And fun!  Go to the Family Fun website,they always have great ideas!




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