Whether there are frigid temperatures or its pouring down rain finding something entertaining for children to do can often be a challenge. An alternative to the outdoors is to find entertaining possibilities to calm restless children indoors, and here are a few suggestions:
History Comes To Life - Parents can go online to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology website (www.penn.museum/cgi/cuneiform.cgi) and within minutes their children can not only learn about ancient cultures, they can also write their names in Babylonian Pictograms. The Sumerians created cuneiform script over 5000 years ago, and this fun and inter-active sites lets you type in your names and see what it looks like in a cuneiform. Don't forget to print it out so kids can show their friends!
A great choice for activities is your local library where you'll find a variety of programs that are educational as well as entertaining. Have the children pick out a topic like dinosaurs or space and then select books to match the topic. A great way to inspire their creativity is to have them draw pictures and create a story about their favorite characters. Then, parents can save their creations as mementoes or create crafts projects for a special loved ones birthday.
Another options for entertainment is to check with your local conventions and visitors bureau or chamber of commerce for area events. Often they have a listing for FREE Events going on throughout the year. Area museums, zoos, and history sites also hold FREE Events and activities.
For a creative option play-dough can be made with a mixture of two cups of flour, one cup of salt, one cup of water, one tablespoon of oil and a few drops of food coloring. Separate the mixture into balls and add a few drops of color to each one. The dough will last about two to three weeks in the fridge if kept sealed in plastic and provide hours of fun.
The key to entertaining children at home is patience and imagination. While video games are entertaining, it can be more fun drawing pictures and playing with play-doe. It just takes a bit of creative thinking to come up with entertaining possibilities that everyone will enjoy.
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