I wish I would have photo journaled my day today. I did nothing but play with the kids. Now that they are all having their "quiet time" (except Eli who is playing with the "kitchen" toys), I am doing laundry and dishes. We played with play-doh, we built forts and played with flashlights, we had a concert with a play microphone, we built a train set, we had a picnic in our living room for lunch, complete with Little Einsteins music on the stereo, oh and some other odds-n-ends.
Basically, I cut out the tv and computer. Whew...not an easy thing to do. And not something I'm willing to do permantly or everyday. Somedays I will probably still use it a lot. There *are* some good things that come from these games and/or videos. (I know, you're shocked!) My son definitely learned his alphabet from a particular computer game. My children sing wonderful classical music from the Little Einsteins. I'm amazed how they learn things like opposites, math, telling time, etc. all from a game or a show. Not to mention, in this small apartment, space is at a premium, and it's nice to have one or two kids quiet here and there.
Of course, I also love playing with them and being creative and learning this stuff together. But in reality, I can't spend all day, every day, playing with my children. I could do a lot more than I do now, and that's the goal.
So I've got some ideas for tracing pictures (working on drawing - my son isn't very creative in that department), for stringing wooden beads, for more complex puzzles, some story-telling pictures (i.e. they draw a picture of a story I am reading to them), more dress-up fun, and just lots of stuff.
Any ideas of fun stuff we could do together? Inside, preferably. And keep in mind, my chidlren are 6, 4, 2 and 9 months. (boy, girl, girl, boy) Oooo, beans with measuring spoons and cups......a race with all my sons matchbox cars.......
These are the days I (and my children) will remember in the future. Not the days I managed to organize the closets or mop all the floors or finish up all the laundry. I already know all this, as I'm sure you do, but sometimes it's just good to be reminded every once in a while.