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if you have a five year old that is home alot.. dungonenutz Due December 16; 2 kids; Rhode Island 1673 posts
19th Mar '13

What do you do to keep them busy? DD turned five in january, so she won't start kindergarden til sept. I buy her all work books to practice writing, and arts and crafts, but between me having LO and housework and what not, she has a lot of down time, and has been watching a lot more tv than id like.



Do you have like a schedule for activities or anything?

Angel [Mariah's Mommy] 1 child; Indianapolis, Indiana 18065 posts
19th Mar '13

we do work books, read, draw/color, and little crafts. when i'm cleaning she plays with her innotab2 or leappad2, she has several learning games on them

That Elise Girl Due September 25; TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Springville, AL, United States 2927 posts
19th Mar '13
Quoting Angel [Mariah's Mommy]:" we do work books, read, draw/color, and little crafts. when i'm cleaning she plays with her innotab2 or leappad2, she has several learning games on them"


This :)



My son likes to do crafts and color and paint. We do writing and reading together..other than that he will watch some shows on tv and play his little games. We visit the library and go to parks also.

Mommy2Kay 1 child; Florida 4223 posts
19th Mar '13

My son is in prek, he turned 5 in Jan. I would really start a schedule for her so she can have "learning time". Kids that don't go to daycare or preschool tend to have a harder time when they start kindergarten. Idk if you already do but have play dates with a group of children and have them to work together because that is very important as well.

dungonenutz Due December 16; 2 kids; Rhode Island 1673 posts
19th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mommy2Kay:</b>" My son is in prek, he turned 5 in Jan. I would really start a schedule for her so she can have "learning ... [snip!] ... already do but have play dates with a group of children and have them to work together because that is very important as well."</blockquote>




She goes to pre k 2 days a week and we have play dates with kids from the school sometimes and there's a lot of kids in our family, but yea I definitely want to work out a schedule for her at home, like certain times for learning/playing/ tv

ThatsAlotaNuts Australia 2353 posts
19th Mar '13

My DS is 2 next month and honestly he watched a crap load of tv. Because Im due in 8 weeks and totally exhausted. i really cant do much with him. i feel bad about it but if it keeps him out of mischief it stays on. However once ive had bubs ill also have my car so ill be taking them both out to parks ect as often as i can and we can go for walks.

one of each 4 me Due January 8; TTC since Mar 2014; 3 kids; Ohio 6194 posts
19th Mar '13

my son goes to preschool but at home he has an ipad he plays with. i download him lots of educational games. he plays this a lot. he also has non-educational types of games but i have found that these games have helped him a LOT too. many of the games take logical thinking. he also has a hard time losing and will cover his ears and run out of the room screaming. this has stopped almost completely. this is one of the things on his iep at school actually so the ipad has helped a lot.

Smash Fins ; 2 kids; Denver, Colorado 1289 posts
19th Mar '13

My son likes to do anything active. It does wear me out though....

UH-LEX-US Due June 9 (boy); 1 child; Phoenix, Arizona 170 posts
25th Mar '13
Quoting Lumen.Ash:" My son likes to do anything active. It does wear me out though.... "


My kid loves playing computer games. I found links to preschool and kindergarden children and she can go on it for awhile and doesn't even need help. It's nice.



Or I'll draw pictures, she copies, I'll write the word of the picture out and she copies it underneath. We sing songs, abc's, numbers, etc., she plays on the xbox sometimes lol, and paints. Or occasionally watch TV or a movie.