18 May 2011

"Wheel of What" app helps you keep track of (and decide on!) fun kid activities

via www.nohandsgames.com

Jen's found a clever way to remember activities she wants to try with her kids:

I have a hard time remembering which fun projects and activities we have on hand -- especially when I'm stressed or distracted. It's also hard to recall cool activities I see in magazines when the kids would be in the mood to try them.

My solution: an iPhone app called Wheel of What. This app lets you create custom "wheel of fortune"-type wheels with unlimited choices for different decisions. I created separate wheels for activities based on warm/cool weather, and indoor interests: everything from arts and crafts, fine or gross motor skills, songs, games, learning, helping out, etc. I placed each category in a main "indoor" wheel, then created separate wheels for individual activities inside each grouping.

When I'm stuck for inspiration I can check out my wheels or spin for a surprise. As I come across great ideas in magazines, I "file" them in my wheels so I can remember to use them later. When we're really in the mood for adventure, my kids spin the wheel!

How FUN, and a great suggestion for those of us who are allergic to filing.

Note: Jen mentioned that the app was free, but when I checked, it was on sale for 99 cents.

How do you remember fun kid projects, crafts, and activities you hope to try in the future?

Related: Your own personal "events" calendar

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If you go to the itunes store and search "Wheel of What" a free version is also available.
Nice idea, but seems a little set-up intensive, putting different activity ideas in, but on the other hand, totally customizable. I will give it a go and post back later.

I am trying out the free version. Sounds like fun for a car trip - load it up with movie titles, car games, etc and decide what to do when the kids are bored every 30 minutes.

What a great concept! I have so many lists of things like fun activities, projects, crafts, recipes, etc. to try that it's overwhelming. I'm slowly entering them in nice folders in Evernote which is on my phone and laptop. So far, it's made a difference.

Cool idea. But what I am looking for are more ideas of fun activities for my almost 2 year old. Gina, and other parents, I would really appreciate if you could share some of those ideas ?

BTW, I am new to this site and loving it! But I am still looking for more activity ideas that I can do with my son everyday.

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