My older son is just getting to the age at which he's interested in a lot of really cool things and can focus on one thing for a while. I know a number of you have kids around that same age. Let's post some of the fun activity ideas to share:
1) Observation journal:
We have a corner of our house with a couple of tulips and other flowers that DS grew from bulbs, a house plant, and basil seeds. Each day DS is in charge of watering them, and he dictates to me the changes he observes. Sometimes he'll draw pictures of the plants too. It's been really fun, and he notices all sorts of details.
2) Cardboard construction:
DS is really into knights and pirates and stuff like that right now, so whenever we have cardboard boxes to recycle, he gets to color them, I'll cut shapes out of them for him, and he turns them into props. He's made a treasure chest, a helmet, a sword, a shield, etc. It's nice because it's first an art activity, and then a make-believe activity (the new prop adds extra excitement), until we decide to recycle them and start again.
3) Lunchbox notes:
I've started putting post-it notes on top of DS's lunchbox with words or phrases that he knows (they say things like, "I love you! Have a nice day.") for him to read when he eats his lunch at school. I mix the messages up a little, but I keep them fairly predictable as he's just beginning to read. When I first started doing this, I would read him the messages in the morning before he left for school. He LOVES it! I thought of it as a nice literacy exercise, but he just thinks of it as extra mama love.
What do you guys do?