2. Make a nest.
This was a favorite past time for me when I was a kid, and it's fun that my own son enjoys it too. Grab every blanket, stuffed animal, and pillow in the house and build a comfy nest to snuggle in.
3. Rice Sensory Bin
This activity will have my son entertained for hours. It's a good replacement for a sandbox when you can't go outside.
4. Go Fishing!
Attach a magnet to a string and tie it to the end of a stick. Then find something magnetic! We use poker chips, but you could also use paperclips or other metal objects.
5. Blow up Balloons with Baking Soda and Vinegar
For instructions on how to do this activity go to http://www.wikihow.com/Blow-up-a-Balloon-With-Baking-Soda-and-Vinegar It's super fun! It's also a good chemistry lesson.
6. Yarn Spider Webs
Samuel loves making spider webs with yarn or string. Usually he just wraps it around kitchen chair legs, but for picture purposes I made this particular web with him.
7. Richard Scarry's Busytown Game!
We love Richard Scarry books so I thought we'd give this game a try. Best decision ever! Samuel absolutely loves this game. If you want to give your kid this game for Christmas you can buy it at Amazon here.
8. Go to the Library!
We go to the library about 3 times a week. Perhaps that's a little eccentric, but we love it. There are toys to keep Samuel entertained leaving me time to browse for awesome picture books or read a novel.
The possibilities for cardboard boxes are endless. On this particular occasion we made a car slide and village. We've used boxes to make sailboats, cars, and a puppet stand. Just use your imaginations and whatever resources are available around the house.
10. Marshmallow Sculptures
Toothpicks and marshmallows. Once you can convince your kids not to eat the marshmallows this is a fun activity.