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What are some good activities to do with a 3 1/2 year old?

We do more indoor activities then outdoor b/c of the heat. What types of things can we do to stay busy?


Asked by momoflilangel at 2:36 PM on Aug. 4, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Puzzles, drawing, blocks, painting, working with play dough, hi ho cherry o board game, chutes and ladders, candyland, cards like go fish, read books from library together or at the library, make favorite pudding or snack, listen to music, etc. Some board games are even made for the computer.

    Answer by CafeMochaMom1 at 8:21 PM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • We watch movies, Finger Paint, Play dough, look at photos on the computer of our trips to the zoo, aquarium etc. Watch anilmal Videos on the laptop on . Later in the day when it's not so hot out, we take a walk, look for bugs, water the plants, wash the car. Sometimes we go to the library or Grandmas house. We do household chores together too. He puts the laundry in the dryer (I put in on the open door & he pushes it in). He pushes the wash basket to the den for me to fold. We organize/clean up toys together. When his Daddy is home, we go shopping together, go to the playground, Pet store (to look at the animals & car rides. That about fills our day, with meals in between. :)


    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 2:49 PM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • 1- Board Games
    2- finger painting, coloring
    3- make playdough
    4-duck duck goose
    5-set up an obstacle course.
    Use whatever you have around the house. Set up a climb over a big pillow followed by a crawl through a cardboard box, a circle around a foot stool & finally a dash through a doorway. Add to the fun by starting the race with a whistle blow and taping up a crepe paper ribbon in the doorway to break through at the finish.

    6- Hide & seek

    7-Have a Parade
    The point of a parade is something near and dear to the heart of the toddler: It's all about showing off and celebrating. Throw on a happy tune and march around the house. A new dress? New shoes? A new stuffed animal or toy? Potty training success?
    8-Have a Scavenger Hunt
    Pick several toys or other objects and hide them around your home. Create a list with drawings or pictures of the objects and help him cross them off.

    Answer by cheekycherub at 2:51 PM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • Good question! I'd like some suggestions myself. Here's a bump. :)

    Answer by thatgirl70 at 2:43 PM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • Lots of gyms offer child/parent classes like Kids Zumba, etc. Maybe something like that would work.

    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 6:30 PM on Aug. 4, 2010

  • Yoga for kids.

    Answer by sherribeare at 6:09 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • Oh!! This is something I love to do! You can go to my blog at for more ideas.
    One week we spent the entire week on teddy bears. We had a bear picnic, created little bears, decorated diaper boxes to look like parade floats and then put a teddy bear inside and marched down the street dragging our bears and singing songs like a parade.

    One week we focused on music and made a bunch of different instruments throughout the week. You can do science experiments... simple ones.

    Yesterday, the kids wanted to know about echos so I pulled out a bunch of different objects and we talked at them and tried to figure out which one echoed better and why.

    Make play-dough (edible or non)
    Make birdfeeders
    Make collages of something the kids are interested in or focus on a color or something

    Answer by ziff130 at 8:17 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • Just google "toddler activities". You'll get lots of ideas. :)

    Answer by ziff130 at 8:18 AM on Aug. 5, 2010