Title just about covers it.
We are in a snowy area. They will go outside a lot but I think they might stay inside a lot this winter too, as we have a very nice finished basement (we just moved, we rent) with great light and carpet and etc.
But what to put down there? What do they actually *use* and not just make a mess with and throw at each other (or at least, not injure each other while throwing)? I will not be down there with all of them all of the time.
Things I have had in the past that have been not as great as hoped:
softplay blocks (those big vinyl covered ones)
big wooden dollhouse, ala Waldorf
Things they seem to like:
jumping on mattresses
scribbling on walls
Scribbling on walls is obviously out. I am considering buying them a mattress or two just for jumping. I guess I could throw all of our bigger cardboard boxes down there but I was hoping for something sturdier and longer-lasting.
The littlest ones are mostly boys, if that makes a difference. They are not quiet, reserved boys.