|Originally posted by nena10
The mother would yell at them and spank them, but they paid no head to her.
Hi Nena, I know I don't post much but I wanted to participate in your thread. I have 2 boys, 8 and 9 years old. My advice to you is try to never yell... When my boys start going wild, I try to get their attention by speaking very softly so they have to quiet if they want to know what I am saying... Yelling to kids is very bad, it teaches them that yelling is a form of communication: it shouldn't!
Oh and another thing, your kids are very small so their attention span is very short! You will never be able to occupy them one afternoon with only one activity... Believe me... I have tried
Several activites is better... And like Daniela said, 2 hours activities, then lunch or snack or a walk somewhere... Activities like painting (with brushes of fingers....), clay modelling... Here, let me give you 2 recipies (very cheap and safe for kids!)
OVEN FLOUR CLAY RECIPE
2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, 3/4 - 1 cup of water
Mix together flour and salt. SLowly add the water and stir until you get a nice clay consistancy. Once completely mixed, make into the desired shapes. Bake in a 250 degree oven for aproximately 1 hour (sometimes a bit more). This vary depending on how thick their creations will be. Don't make the shapes too thick or they will crack while baking.
Once cold and dry, they can paint them with gouache.
COOKED PLAY DOH RECIPE
1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 2 Tbsp oil, 2 Tbsp cream of tartar, 1 cup water, food coloring
Heat the oil in a por. Remove from heat and stir in all other ingredients (use food coloring if desired... and make them decide wich colors to use so they feel involved!). Continue to cook over low heat until mixture is firm, always stirring. It takes about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, set clay on wax paper, let cool. This clay can be conserved 2 to 3 months without problem. It's very soft and very easy to be manipulated by littll hands.
Nena, these 2 recipes have been tried and approved
by my boys...
I hope this helps... Let me know if you need more ideas for entertaining your kids...