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#1 EssentialBludger

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:39 AM

My 3yo missed the cutoff for kindy this year by a couple of months. He's probably not quite ready anyway, but he's going to be bored sh*tless at home for another year. All the 3yo kindys around here are full, and we're not entitled to CCB or CCR so probably couldn't afford daycare at $90 per day.

So what does everyone do with their 3yos to keep them busy? He's a very social little thing, but all my friends have older kids at school, so he doesn't have a lot of friends himself. Would prefer stuff where he can interact with other kids, and not just me.

TIA!

#2 Preg_in_RSA

Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:04 AM

Have you looked into Playgroups.  Our council organizes a free playgroup in the park/local hall. Its a couple of hours a week with some craft activity, toys, story time, sing a longs etc.  Probably very similar to what they do at Kindy but you stay with them the whole time and there is less structure. To find some local ones try http://www.playgroupaustralia.com.au/  

Story time a the library is also good to get them into the habit of sitting and listening.

Good luck

#3 green apples

Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:19 AM

I know a great, free playgroup near Melville way if you are interested. You don't need to join or commit, it's an open morning basically and all run and organised by trained early childhood teachers.
Let me know if you want details.



#4 EssentialBludger

Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:42 AM

Thanks, I hadn't thought of playgroup. ddoh.gif Melville is a bit far from me but I'll look for one around here!

We do story time sometimes but DS isn't really a sit still and listen type of child. blush.gif

#5 beabea

Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:59 AM

We spent a lot of time at museums around that age, too. There always seemed to be other kids his age and exhibits for that agegroup were common.

Science centre? (I'm not sure where you are or what facilities you have.)

But mainly just parks and playgrounds, I guess. And playgroup.

#6 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:04 AM

playgroup is always good, maybe look at the local pcyc and ymca and see if they have any programs?

#7 swimmingalong

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:18 AM

i joined a gym so I could put my kids in the creche for a couple of hours a day original.gif

Also, swimming lessons and jungle gym

#8 feral strawberry

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:09 AM

My 3yo this year will be doing 3 year old Kindy, Playgroup and Kindy gym. I also go to the gym so he goes to crèche.

At the same age my older boys also went to Mainly Music.

Otherwise we will go to parks, playdates and I bought my friend and I the Kidzabuzz (Perth based but might be similar in other states) voucher book so we can get out and explore Perth as it is our babies last year at home sad.gif

#9 cb2

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:15 AM

Some suggestions:
Swimming either book him into regular weekly classes or take home yourself and have a splash and play

I second and highly recommend the Library storytime great for that age group with a story/maybe a song and a craft activity at the end it will be something he looks forward to each week
Art class

Like PP have suggested Playgroup, Music, Gymbaroo local parks,
Playcentre
Once a month go an an adventure such as a train ride, or other public transport, go out for lunch, go to a movie,

Google kids activities there are plenty of good websites which you can enter you state and they tell you whats available one in particular is very good but I am not able to say on here wink.gif


#10 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:27 AM

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Edited by lifehacker, 09 February 2013 - 10:10 PM.


#11 ~Kay~

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:36 AM

Look for a multi sport program for preschoolers, around here it's called Humpty Squad.

Or a preschool soccer class if he's into that sort of thing again around here there's Little kickers.

#12 rainycat

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:37 AM

Try and find a playgroup that suits your son.  I have found a great one that is twice a week.  It has lots of toys inside and out and my 3yr old twins love it. Lots of same age kids and some great parents for me to chat to.
We stopped going to one that had structured music and story time, it did not suit my boy at all as he has ants in his pants!

#13 greenrainbow

Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

My 3yr old has a 3 hour 'activity group' once a week, costs me $25 a week.  Plus playgroup one day and a swimming lesson another day.  We also have a zoo membership so we make lots of trips to the zoo. We also do playdates, trips to the playcentre, picnics at the park, bike rides, day at the beach.  Also trips to Scienceworks when finances permit, although he would go there everyday if he had the choice.  I find he doesnt mind what we are doing, as long as we are out of the house!

#14 Canberra Chick

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:37 PM

When DD is on holidays we go to the park or pool, read, she is happy to play dress ups and tea sets mostly on her own, or sort through her special stones (don't ask). Occasionally I get dragged into role pays. I go along with most but the one where I have to pretend to be a fairy and fly round the house grates a bit...
She will also play in the backyard, watering plants and going on the trampoline and swings.

#15 EBeditor

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

Some things I have done with a 3 year old:

- Playgroup
- LOTS of playgrounds
- Music classes
- Mini soccer classes
- Swimming lessons

DS spent a lot of time playing with Thomas the Tank Engine at that age.



#16 The Awesome One

Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:59 PM

I took DS2 and DD to story time and toddler time at our local library, they also run holiday programs so we are currently going to all of those together aswell.

#17 ~~~~!eternity!~~~~

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:44 AM

Do you have a PCYC near you? I used to take DS to gymnastics classes at ours when he was 3.




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