These are the most amazing little blocks! I just love them. They are great for kids of ALL ages. They are even better than blocks b/c they don't fall over! All three of mine will sit there and play w/ them for very long periods of time. Even Jack! One day he played w/ them the entire time we did school!!! The aren't the cheapest toy, but definitely worth the money!!
Cedarmont Kids videos.
These are great little movies. Suz will watch them some but she's kind of outgrown them. The little ones, however, are memorized by them! They learn all kinds of songs and you have half an hour to get something done! HA! But be forewarned, your children will sing songs while moving their heads back and forth from then on!
I've mentioned these b/f. They are beautiful cds! Great to have playing during rest time. The easiest way to memorize scripture is through music!!
I Spy Books.
Our kids want us to read these every night! They are lots of fun and great for visual discrimination. And...it's fun and sometimes challenging for the parents!
Gotta love the Leapster!
We have about worn ours out! The little games are educational and it's a fun treat to get to play video games. Entertaining and educational...a winning combination!
This game is the greatest. We've had our for several years and the kids still get thrilled when we play it. It's a game they can play on their own, it helps w/ eye/hand coordination and they will play it for a long time! After awhile they will start making up crazy ways to play, but that's fine w/ me. They love it and I think everyone should have it.
This pool has been our favorite.
We have tried several through the years and this is the one we will be using from now on. We've had it for 2 years...well, we had to get a new one last summer b/c our dog attacked it. It's big. Big enough for the parent to actually get to sit in the nice cool water while supervising the kiddos. Depending on how deep you fill it, the older ones can actually swim. It comes w/ a nifty cover so you don't have to empty it and refill it daily which is great! And, if your a family of five...you can all fit! :)
This is a must have for the summer. My children are crazy about melons of all kinds. Serving them the melons in balls is so much fun. They love it and I actually think it's easier than cutting them up!
I think I've shared that growing up the only kind of Popsicle we had was fruit juice in Popsicle molds. We loved them and now that's what I enjoy giving my kids. I feel great about them having a Popsicle every day b/c it's juice! It's a super money saver and really easy! You can get super creative or just keep it super simple. The kids don't care! It's a wise investment.
You can't have summer w/o bubbles. I have been really disappointed w/ the bubbles I've purchased lately. SO, I found a homemade recipe that is awesome!
gallon of water
2/3 c. dish soap
2-3 Tbs. glycerin
Just combine in a clean milk jug and let the kids have a ball.
It makes a ton and is super cheap. The bubbles work great!
Water balloons are always fun. It's kind of a pain to pick up all the little pieces of plastic and it's kind of a worry w/ the little ones, but we usually just play w/ them in the pool. They aren't as likely to pop and they will play w/ one for a long time.
In the summer I buy lots of crafts for the kids to do. Wal-mart and Michaels are my favorite places to purchase them. I try to get a pretty good stash of them and then pull them out at the perfect time. Kids love crafts and you can find some neat and easy ones.
Washing the car in their swimsuits is always a big hit! It's a win-win activity! :)
K, these are just a few. What are some fun things you remember from growing up or like to do w/ your own kiddos? Please share, we all need the ideas. :)