If you don’t want to hear “I’m bored” or the dead silence of a child getting into some unknown mischief, you better have an arsenal of fun activities to keep your little girl occupied and entertained. Depending on your time frame and supply availability, you are sure to find something to spark her interest. You never know -- you may find a new game that you both like to play.
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Throw together a little get-together for your little lady and a few of her friends -- real, fuzzy or make-believe. Choose a theme, like a teddy bear picnic or doll tea party. Have your daughter assist you in making some edible goodies for the party. Ask her to help mix the dough for cookies, stir some punch together or arrange pastries on a plate. She can set the table or stretch out the blanket before she gathers her guests. If you want to make this a longer activity, have her decorate some invitations for the party and deliver them.
For a child, few activities are as special and important than spending some quality one-on-one time with a parent. If you're a mom, make it fun and do some girlie stuff with your little girl. Paint your child’s fingernails and toenails with nontoxic, kid-friendly nail polish. Style her hair with a pretty or silly ‘do. Pull out some hypoallergenic makeup and give her a makeover. If you’re feeling brave, let her do the same to you. For dad, show her how to make her first secret clubhouse with chairs, cushions and sheets, or take her to the library for her next literary adventure.
Don’t underestimate the power of a bin of dress-up clothes -- your daughter may try on several outfits over the course of an afternoon and still be entertained. Old Halloween costumes, princess gowns, your old dresses, necklaces and clip-on earrings work well for this purpose. Not only is this activity exciting, it also fosters you little girl’s imagination, creativity, language skills, social-emotional skills and spontaneous play.
Sit down and create some arts and crafts with your daughter. Make some sock puppets out of old socks, pompoms, googly eyes and nontoxic craft glue. The two of you can make some necklaces with shoelaces or yarn and big pony beads or penne pasta. Offer her some art paper, and the two of you can draw pictures for each other or even of each other. For a quick, impromptu time-filler, have a bin of art and craft supplies stashed out of reach somewhere in your house so you can grab it when you need it.