If I get my stuff together, I can get started pretty quickly. I picked 20 activities to start, and only have 3 things to buy to be able to put it all together. Yeah, I have that much stuff lying around my house. Don't judge.
- Color Wonder books...because no way in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks will I be giving Four "real" markers during unsupervised quiet time.
- Beads and pipe cleaners. I'll use the big beads for Four, and the small pony beads for 3. Pipe cleaners work better in our house than laces. I go with it.
- Stickers/crayons/paper. The crayons are really a maybe.
- Hanging Felt Clothes on a clothesline. (Cut out clothing shapes from felt, string up a clothesline between a couple chairs, give them some clothespins...done.)
- Pom-Pom transfer. Use either a big spoon (Four) or tongs (Three...maybe Four, his fine motor skills almost match those of his brother) to transfer poms from one bowl to another.
- Pom-Pom push. Push poms through a hole cut into a lid of a container (raisin/crunchies type container.)
- Water painting pages. I'm not sure how to describe these...I'll try to get a picture for you. I found them at Michaels, and Dollar General ($1 both places.) It's a picture like a coloring book. At the bottom of the page there is a panel of water colors. Give the kids some cotton swabs, and a cup of water and they dip and paint. It's self contained, easy, and non-messy. Win in triplicate form.
- Rocks in a bottle. Put the small decorative stones you can buy at $Tree into a plastic bottle, shake them out and start again. Not so quiet necessarily, but busy, yes.
- Clip matching colored paper clips to laminated construction paper pieces. Possibly more for Three than Four. I can see Four just throwing the clips around.
- Peg Picture making with this toy.
- Sorting pasta. We have different shaped pasta, and different colored pasta. Sort away boys, sort away!
- Memory Matching Game
- Matching Puzzles (items that go together, rhyming words, animal babies...those are the 3 I know we have.)
- Popsicle Stick Puzzles (have you seen these??? Genius, someone was a genius.)
- Velcro Dots/Popsicle stick building set (Again, with the genius. God Bless the Interwebs.)
- Building Blocks (just our general wooden ones.)
- ABC Match. Lay out the alphabet magnets and take a picture of them against a white background, then print it. Put it on a cookie sheet during quiet time, and have them match the magnet to the picture.
- Collage Bag--cut out random pictures from magazines/newspaper/shopping circulars and throw in a piece of paper and a glue stick.
- Dress-Up Joey (it's a large wooden/magnetic dress up doll.)
- Shades of color (scroll down, it's a few activities down) I've been wanting to make this activity for ALL OF ETERNITY. Now, I'm going to do it.
I set up a Pinterest board about it and everything. So, you know, I'm serious.
I need to buy: velcro dots, felt sheets, and some of those decorative stones.