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post #41 of 56 Old 07-15-2011
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My son loves to help with the Jib while sailing. But for some reason he can't wait to clean the boat when we return! Why is he not like this with his room????

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Give them very real roles - let them have tiller time, most 5-6 year olds can drive a boat on an easy reach.

Shoot my parents let us take out our Sabots alone at age 6 - just a wave from the beach and a request not t go beyond a certain bouy.

Have them feed the fishies, birds, hunt for treasure,

But make sure to keep everything short time frame
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paint for shells / Smores

I just took my 5 and 6 yr olds on a 3-day cruise; I would say much of what has been posted here already. In addition, bring lots of kid paints for them to color shells, rocks and drift wood they find on the beach. They loved doing this. Also another big hit was making fun things for dessert then watching the sunset. We did Smores (graham crackers sandwiched around a marshmallow and piece of Hershey's chocolate - wrap in tin foil and place over heat ,stove or grill> for a minute).

Fun routines they look forward to work well....

PS - take them along; they will not ruin anything - only make it all that much better!!
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Poster paints ? Great idea !
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Cool Body Painting

Some posts have already pointed to various shore activities, hereīs another suggestion: try to get water colors which can be washed off easily and let them change to color monsters of all kind. Great Fun and a good way for the kids to make friends ashore!
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Currently on a weeks cruise on the Witsundays and let's see, two on their computers and one on their DS! Still last night we were out of phone / internet range so we played a good card game - Skip-bo

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Flag Painting

Try to get some white flags, let the kids paint on them, and then raise the flags. Kids will be working for hours and afterwords they will be proud to see them flying!
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I got 5 year old twins boy/girl. Cleaning deck is a good one underway mom or dad runs the bucket kids love water on deck. Adj sails, ask them to grind in then you let out repeat till they catch on. Steering, helps if you have a boat to chase after. Spin halyard chair rides even my older sister almost 50 liked that last weekend, dip in water if temp permits or just drag feet in to get a swing going. On shore breaks rocks,driftwood, plants, flowers, bugs,birds hunts keep them busy and burn off energy .
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Towing the kids

You can do this only in few places and few situations. (No sharks, no jellys, no current, no waves, few wind) But when itīs possible itīs greatest possible fun for the kids! Still, be careful about your decision: if one looses the saftey rope you must get to him without using enginge!
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