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Okay, what am I gonna do with a 3 year old that is in a cast for the summer?

June 8th, 2009 at 03:03 pm

Any suggestions would be helpful! Assuming my position stays as is, this is what I have come up with:

More play doh!
Legos! the girls don't have any. Will look for some in garage sales.
Free movies. Two theaters show them!
She has dollys and a doll house.

Bring em!!!

7 Responses to “Okay, what am I gonna do with a 3 year old that is in a cast for the summer?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Finger painting with shaving cream or pudding. Cut things out of magazines...glue them to something. It seems you might need a lot of art projects!

    Make jello, popcicles.

    Blow bubbles, draw on the driveway with chalk. Simple mazes. Weave paper. Make a countdown to cast coming off!

    Candyland. Old maid. Alphabet flashcards. Number flashcards. She could make these herself...copy the numbers and letters.

    Read lots of books to her.

    That's my first list. I'll keep thinking! Good luck.

  2. homebody Says:

    Oh my is all I can say. My oldest sister's son broke his femur slipping on a magazine and was in a long leg cast one summer! Credit had great ideas and I don't have anything much to add except I'm sure this will be all you get done for a while. Don't push yourself to accomplish much other than keeping her entertained. Poor thing. Hugs to all.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh, a magna doodle!! Draw away and then erase. My kids loved those. Or a chalkboard!

    Wash play dishes in the sink or bucket of water. Paint with water on the sidewalk or deck.

    Do her hair and nails! Do the dolls hair. Doll fashion show.

    Rubber stamps. I had alphabet ones for my kids when they were learning.

    Record herself talking or singing with a tape recorder if available.

    Make a beach house out of grahm crackers, frosting and candy. Kind of like a ginger bread house.

    Experiement with goo made of cornstarch and water. Look up recipe on internet. Make different shaped ice cubes...or colored ones from juice.

    Take walks with her in stroller. Treasure hunt. Take pictures. Make a fort with blankets. Read under it. Or she could nap there?

    Good luck!!

  4. princessperky Says:

    Play 'keep the balloon off the floor" insist that all kids stay in one seated spot for the added challenge. (and to make it fair for the cast kid)

    Go outside anyway, BUT have them draw every interesting thing they see in one spot (under rock?) or read up on Monet and have them draw a nature scene, or van gogh, whatever. (yeah I know you said three year old, you might be surprised)

    Have a scavenger hunt again seated, challenge them for what they can find (keep it short of course)

    Play catch with large/soft what if she has to sit, means the other kids have to fetch, I know many kids would love not to have to fetch all the misses!

    Science center/nature center

    Ditto the walk with stroller, this is the time you need one.

    Plant a garden indoors, small so she can do all the work seated at the table.

  5. HouseHopeful Says:

    Have story time where she makes up the story and you could even tape it or write it down. She could make pictures to illustrate and you could tell the story over several days and creat a little book for her to keep. This could apply to all the kids!

  6. scfr Says:

    Unless it's an arm cast, what about learning to crochet or knit? My father was bedridden for a long time as a child, and my grandmother taught him to knit.

  7. boomeyers Says:

    Thanks for the great suggestions! The more the better!
    It is a leg cast, but I am a complete failure at knitting and crocheting!
    She did get a waterproof cast, so swimming is IN! Smile

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