For those days when you just need something!

  1. Pull out the photo albums or scrapbooks to look at.
  2. Wash rocks.
  3. Make a placemat by gluing pictures on a piece a paper and covering it with contact paper.  Makes a great gift.
  4. Paint and color with brown
  5. Gather some big boxes (appliance boxes are wonderful) and allow the child to decorate and play inside.
  6. Make Silly Putty
  7. Play I Spy
  8. Cut pictures out of magazines or papers of ideas the child wants for Christmas or birthday. Glue on a piece of paper.
  9. Glue an old picture, poster, magazine ad, or drawing done by the child onto cardboard.  Cut into puzzle shapes to make a homemade puzzle.
  10. Paint with a paint brush using paint or water
  11. Practice making small dots of glue
  12. Have a "snowball" fight with rolled up socks
  13.  Make Homemade Play dough
  14. Watch home videos
  15. Give the child a paintbrush and small container of water to paint things outside
  16. Make a cereal necklace using cheerios, fruit loops or other circular cereal.
  17. Have fun with a paper plate and a spatula.  Have races and flip the plate.
  18. Play Red Light-Green Light around the house, outside, or on the trampoline
  19. Using pillows, create mountains to climb, jump, and crawl over
  20. Make a placemat by gluing pictures on a piece a paper and covering it with contact paper.  Makes a fun gift. 
  21. Put on a CD or the radio and dance
  22. Read a book
  23. Play Number Bingo
  24. Make breakfast food for supper together
  25. Make today "Green Day" - wear, play, eat green things
  26. Make a noodle necklace - string macaroni or other noodle onto a string and paint the noodles. 
  27. Make a placemat by drawing a picture and covering it with contact paper. Make a great gift
  28. While preparing a meal, blindfold the child and let them guess what you are doing by making different sounds in the kitchen.
  29. Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, decorate cookies with a paint brush and food coloring
  30. Paint with q-tips
  31. Throw rolled up socks into a box or laundry basket
  32. Create a tent using a card table and blankets
  33. Give the child stickers from junk mail to decorate on paper
  34. Give the child paper and a hole punch
  35. Collect things in a box that are similar - ie in color, size, shape, beginning consonant
  36. Gather some big boxes (appliance boxes are wonderful) and allow the child to decorate and play inside. 
  37. While preparing a meal, blindfold the child and let them guess what you are doing by making different sounds in the kitchen.
  38. Paint and color with green
  39. Play Red Light-Green Light around the living room, outside, or on the trampoline
  40. Throw rolled up socks into a box or laundry basket
  41. Give the child a paintbrush and small container of water to paint things outside
  42. Have the child count various things around the house - doorknobs, doors, windows, etc.
  43. Make a cereal necklace using cheerios, fruit loops or other circular ceral.
  44. Make today "Blue Day" - wear, play, eat blue things
  45. Paint and color with black
  46. Hide something in your home and have your child find it - Easter eggs, letters, numbers, toy 
  47. Have the child go and find something that is the shape of a circle or square, etc.
  48. Call a friend, relative, or neighbor on the phone
  49. Count ceiling fans in your home
  50. Have something in the house and have your child find it - Easter eggs, letters, numbers, toy
  51. Transfer water from bucket to another with a sponge or eye dropper or turkey baster
  52. Give the child a cookie sheet and magnets to play with (this activity works great in a car)
  53. Play post office - create letters to different people in the house and leave them in a box to distribute
  54. Go into a closet or dark place with a flashlight.
  55. Using playing cards, create patterns
  56. Lay in the grass and watch the clouds.  Draw the different shapes you see.
  57. Give the child golf tees, styrofoam, and a toy hammer to play with (Education.com)
  58. Make Homemade Icecream
  59. Place 3 letters or numbers on the table.  Let your child look at them.  With their eyes closed, remove one.  Figure out which one is missing.
  60. Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, decorate cookies with a paint brush and food coloring
  61. Have the child go and find something that begins with the letter "___" or the sound /___/
  62. Give the child a pile of paper clips and show them how to connect them to create a bracelet or necklace
  63. Hide a clicking time in the house and have the child try and find it before it goes off
  64. Make a collage of items that are rectangular in shape.
  65. Go for a walk and collect leaves
  66. Play music and dance around the room
  67. Put on your swimming suit and go swimming in the bathtub
  68. Watch a short children's video like Boz the Bear or Veggie Tales
  69. Make a domino train
  70. Play Letter Bingo
  71. Swing
  72. Do a crayon rubbing by laying paper over various items and coloring to see the various textures.  
  73. Paint on a role of butcher paper to create wonderful wrapping paper 
  74. Build a tower with blocks
  75. Create a Memory Obstacle Course
  76. Act out a Bible Story
  77. Play Go Fish
  78. Draw with sidewalk chalk
  79. Color in a coloring book
  80. Look at various things through a magnifying glass 
  81. With a deck of playing cards, separate the colors, numbers from face, suits, etc.
  82. Make new crayons out of old ones
  83. Do a crayon rubbing by laying paper over various items and coloring to see various textures. 
  84. Write on a piece of paper with a white crayon.  Paint over the secret code with paint to reveal the picture or message.
  85. Play in a sand or dirt pile
  86. Blow bubbles
  87. Make Goop
  88. Try to keep a balloon in the air by hitting or kicking it 
  89. Make Pictures Soap  The Preschooler's Busy Book pg 254
  90. Paint on a role of butcher paper to create wonderful wrapping paper
  91. Make snowflakes by folding paper and cutting
  92. Paint and color with red
  93. Give the child a magnifying glass (make sure that they are mature enough to not drop it)
  94. Draw a picture of your family
  95. Make a collage of items that are triangular in shape.
  96. Write a secret message using a white crayon.  Paint over with watercolors to reveal the surprise.
  97. Play leap frog.
  98. On a black sheet of paper, color with a white crayon.
  99. Roll a ball back and forth
  100. Type a letter to a friend on the computer (it doesn't have to really say anything)
  101. Pretend to be various animals.  Guess which animal each person is.
  102. Using legos or blocks, create a simple object.  Have your child reproduce it.
  103. Paint and color with orange
  104. Write a letter to an elderly neighbor or relative
  105. Cut toast or pancake into various shapes.
  106. Play with Playdoh
  107. Make today "Yellow Day" - wear, play, eat yellow things
  108. With a deck of playing cards, sort by colors, numbers, faces, or suits.
  109. Trace around cookie cutters using a pencil or crayons.  Then color the shapes.
  110. Have a Pajama Day - Wear Pj's all day
  111. Cut up old Valentine's cards into puzzle shapes or create a collage using several cards.
  112. Wash rocks
  113. Use a scarf or handkerchief and dance
  114. Hide Easter eggs filled with pieces of paper with numbers, letters, shapes, or colors written on them. Find the egg and read the item on the paper.
  115. Have your child go and find something that is the shape of a circle or square, etc.
  116. Make today "Orange Day" - wear, play, eat orange things
  117. Create your name in playdoh using cookie cutters or plastic knives
  118. Make graham cracker and frosting sandwiches for snacks.  Add food coloring to the frosting.
  119. Count how many windows you have in your house
  120. Clean out the toy box or toy closet and donate toys no longer needed to other families or charities
  121. Paint and color with purple
  122. Play catch.
  123. Using number shapes or flashcards, arrange the numbers in order from 1-20
  124. Make today "White Day" - wear, play, eat white things
  125. Use a cookie cutter or bread to make fun sandwiches
  126. Help with laundry by matching socks
  127. Play Memory
  128. Hide a clicking timer in the house and have the child try and find it before it goes off
  129. Color a picture, cut it into puzzle pieces, and put it together
  130. Play with legos, trains or dolls
  131. Create a pretend meal using real or toy kitchen items.
  132. Make cookies to give to another family
  133. Play a game in a small place - tent, closet, on a bunk bed, etc.
  134. Make an AB pattern with snack food (raisins and cheerios).
  135. Using a spray bottle of water, spray inside the shower
  136. Make a collage of items that are square in shape.
  137. Put a few small items (M&M's or beans) into a glass container.  Guess how many there are before counting.
  138. Have a family "show and tell" time
  139. Make a collage of items that are circular in shape.
  140. Sit in a tent and read a book
  141. Play "doctor"
  142. Make today "Brown Day" - wear, play, eat brown things
  143. Play kickball
  144. Draw a picture of your family
  145. Play catch with a balloon
  146. Visit a local park
  147. Have a tea party
  148. Make a house using legos or blocks
  149. Practice saying your address and phone number.
  150. Say, not sing, the ABC's
  151. Play a game on the internet
  152. Fly paper airplanes
  153. Play baseball outside or inside with a balloon.
  154. Using a bag of various beans for soup, let the child sort them into a muffin tin
  155. Make cookies
  156. Draw a picture of your house
  157. Cut out pictures from a magazine
  158. Write a letter to an elderly neighbor or relative
  159. Count to 100 while you put away dishes or drive in the car
  160. Go for a walk and count how many yellow flowers you see in bloom
  161. Make today "Blue Day" - wear, play, eat blue things
  162. Give everyone a dust rag and dust furniture
  163. Paint and color with yellow
  164. Play hopscotch 
  165. Go for a walk and count how many birds you see
  166. Clean the bathtub with an old toothbrush
  167. Play post office - create letters to different people in the house and leave them in a box to distribute. 
  168. Help the child look up their phone number and address in a phone book
  169. Name all of the colors on your cereal box
  170. Ride bikes
  171. Help sort laundry
  172. Go outside and create a stick pile
  173. Find six different shapes in your house.
  174. Draw a picture of your pet or your favorite animal
  175. Color a picture and mail it to a friend or relative.  Have the child put it in the mailbox.
  176. Sing "Jesus Loves Me"
  177. Create an in-house bowling alley using a couple of tall containers or empty 2 liter pop bottles with a ball.
  178. Give the child a pile of paper clips and show them how to connect them together to create a bracelet or necklace
  179. Sit outside under a tree and read a book 
  180. Fingerpaint 
  181. Give your child a bag full of clothes pins to clip together and make different letters, numbers, shapes, or objects
  182. Do a Dot-to-Dot Worksheet
  183. Using Alphabet Cereal – sort the letters
  184. Make crayon rubbings - using the sandpaper letters and numbers, place a piece of paper over the sandpaper and have the child color.  
  185. Do a Maze Worksheet
  186. Match various lids with pots, pans, and dishes
  187. Count stairs as you go up or down.
  188. Make a quick bread - zucchini, pumpkin, banana - to give to another family
  189. Look at a map to see where you live compared to other friends and relatives
  190. Paint with icecubes
  191. Draw ¾ of a shape and have the child finish the shape
  192. Have a pillow fight
  193. Using letter shapes or flashcards, arrange the letters in order from A-Z
  194. Lay a blue blanket or sheet on the floor to pretend it is the ocean - dive in
  195. Using a spoon, transfer beans or M&M's one at a time from one dish to another - counting each piece
  196. Cut out shapes.
  197. Using the letters in the child's name, create a name poster from letters cut out from a magazine or newspaper.  
  198. Play catch with a mini-football.
  199. Dress up using adult or pretend-play clothes.
  200. Create a collage using stickers
  201. Make new crayons out of old ones 
  202. Finger paint in a jelly roll pan with shaving cream 
  203. Have sword fights with empty paper towel or wrapping paper rolls
  204. Have a picnic - inside or outside
  205. Play with magnetic toys on the refrigerator or a cookie sheet
  206. Sing the fingerplay "Where is Thumpkin"
  207. Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches together
  208. Use a towel or piece of material to create a cape for your child to wear and play "hero"
  209. Give the child a cookie sheet and magnets to play with (this activity works great in a car) 
  210. Play a card game like Old Maids
  211. Draw silhouettes outside with sidewalk chalk or inside on butcher block paper
  212. Make today "Purple Day" - wear, play, eat purple things
  213. Make a domino train
  214. Make today "Black Day" - wear, play, eat black things
  215. Put a puzzle together
  216. Make an AB pattern with blocks or beads
  217. Make today "Red Day" - wear, play, eat red things
  218. Have an "Opposite Day" - do things opposite of how you would normally
  219. Play hide-and-seek
  220. Create a Leaf Rubbing
  221. Hit a ball back and forth with tennis or racquetball racket
  222. Count how many doors you have in your house
  223. Build a road with blocks and drive cars or tractors on it
  224. Look at family photos or albums
  225. Make a collage of items that are diamond in shape.
  226. Cut letters out from the newspaper and glue them on paper to create a collage or words
  227. Make pancakes in the shape of Mickey Mouse, hearts, or bears
  228. Have the child go and find something that begins with the letter "___" or the sound /__/
  229. Use toilet paper rolls and make binoculars or a spyglass
  230. Paint and color with blue
  231. Make a ramp to race matchbox cars
  232. Use a hole punch to create a pattern around a picture on heavy paper.  Thread string through the holes.
  233. Paint using a piece of string.
  234. Transfer water from one container to another with a sponge, eye dropper, turkey baster
  235. Cut up old Christmas cards in puzzle shapes or create a collage using several cards.



Unless noted these activities are ones that I have come up with to do with my kiddos.  Of course most of these are not new but have been passed down through the generations.

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