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Indoor Active Play?

Have three kiddos, 7, 5, and 2 the oldest 2 are being tested for ADHD and can not seem to slowdown sitdown etc. Unfortuantely we live in Washington state where it is rainy and cold like 9 months out of the year. I dont want them jumping on my furnature but need some active play ideas to keep them out of trouble without allowing rule breaking (jumping on beds, furnature, climbing on tables, counters etc)

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Asked by Jezture at 12:30 PM on Nov. 4, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • lol I grew up in Portland and Olympia, so my advice is, they aren't so sweet they are going to melt. Send them outside anyway. Teach them to stay under the pine trees, its usually dryer there. If there are decent sized ceder trees, they make the best natural forts. You clear out the inside then there is places to sit, maybe even climb, and they are usually fairly dry. Have several sets of "outside" clothing that can get wet and muddy (because it will) make them come in and change every hour or two and warm back up. teach them to fold paper boats (origami) and float them in mud puddles, just make sure they know to bring the soggy trash home. A bit of water and cold isn't going to hurt them, as long as they get reasonable amounts of time to get warm and dry. It wasn't unusual to see several of us in one persons house wearing older siblings outgrown sweats while our clothing was in the dryer so we could go back outside.

    Answer by auroura at 1:41 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • In our area we have indoor play areas that have all kinds of stuff to keep them active.

    We used to get boxes and sled down the stairs (hahaha)

    Fort building


    Baking - chocolate chip cookies or something easy that has yummy results for kids (cut out cookies keep them busy awhile as well)


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:55 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

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