What can a Mother do with 3 boys and a rainy day??

@Tam631 (32)
South Africa
October 1, 2007 10:35am CST
We have 3 boys - 5 , 2, and 9 mos. It's been raining for 3 days now and the kids are driving my a bit crazy. What do you do with your children on rainy, wet days like this? Any hints or tips on how to keep them busy without trying to hurt each other? Thanks!
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@pkosher (71)
• United States
1 Oct 07
Fill up the bathtub and let them play with shaving cream on the walls or buy those bath paints and let them go at it! You could also make caramel apples with different smashed up toppings like oreos, butterfingers, etc. Make up your own memory matching game with family photos. Make 2 copies of favorite pictures and then play a game of matching/memory with them. It will be fun to talk about when the pictures where taken and what the event was after the game is over.
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@Tam631 (32)
• South Africa
1 Oct 07
Can you share a Caramel apple recipe?? I think that could be fun. And will also keep your ideas of the bath for next time too. Thank you SO much!
• United States
1 Oct 07
I got this from a friend... Get Brach's caramel and unwrap them. Add 2 tablespoons of water and microwave until it's melted. Crush Oreos and Butterfingers. You have to put the topping on quickly before it hardens. Then you have yummy apples!
@Tam631 (32)
• South Africa
2 Oct 07
Are these hard caramels or soft? Maybe I can find some that are similar to those you are talking about.... If I can this would be a great idea (they love candied apples!). Thank you again!
@cupoftea (714)
• United States
1 Oct 07
I used to get old magazines and then we would cut pictures out of things that she liked and glue them on a big piece of paper to make a collage and hang up so everyone can see it. Of course you have to supervise and help them in any kind of activity.
@Tam631 (32)
• South Africa
1 Oct 07
Wow, I like this response!! I will definately keep this one on hand. My 2 yo loves to glue and my 5 yo loves to sort (the baby loves to eat paper), so it's right up their ally. Hehehe!! Thanks I'll do it on Wednesday - it's supposed to rain then too. (Rolling eyes...)
@sunshine4 (8707)
• United States
1 Oct 07
If it is a nice rain, not cold and no thunder/lightening, I use to take my boys out and let them run around in the rain. They loved it. You could stand in the garage or under protection with the 9 month old and let the other 2 run and have fun getting wet. Otherwise, make cookies and let them help. Get out playdoe and let them have fun.
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@Tam631 (32)
• South Africa
1 Oct 07
Hello sunshine!! Thanks for the reply ~ Oooh, I'd forgotten about the playdough, that's a great idea! Thank you. I'll make some tomorrow! Dh actually took them out in the rain this afternoon - it was soft rain and the 5yo took the umbrella (a novel idea to him) and the 2yo had a blast getting soaked to the skin and jumping in mud puddles! It was a memory. Keep on the sunny side!!
@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
1 Oct 07
lol .. I know where you are coming from on that one .. what I will do is pull out the old home videos and we sit and watch all of us on tv ...they love to watch themselves and see what they did as a little one ... even the little ones seem to enjoy watching themselves and siblings on the tv ... good luck and whatever you do juts have fun with it .. they may remember those days for the rest of their lives :)
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@Tam631 (32)
• South Africa
1 Oct 07
Thanks so much for the comment! Rainy days are really trying eh? :-D I love your idea about the home videos... I should dig them out! Thanks for that!! Hope you don't have too many rainy days ahead... ;-)
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
1 Oct 07
Watching movies and eating popcorn is always a good one. If there are any craft or creative activities your kids like, it might be a good idea to keep the supplies on hand for rainy days. When I was a kid we also played catch occasionally (seated in a circle in the living room) with a ball that was made of wadded up paper. Are there any boardgames or card games that they're interested in? That's always fun too. Or get a pack of cards and a bottle of glue each and let them each build a permanent house of cards that can be later painted or embellished on.
@Tam631 (32)
• South Africa
2 Oct 07
Thanks for the wiccania... they love popcorn!