Remember the game "memory"? Well, this is the same concept, but with noises. You can fill old film cans with rice, beads, jelly beans, etc. and have kids see if they can match the noises! Great sensory activity.
A great idea from moneysavingmoms blog! Get a noodle form the dollar store, cut it up and have your child bead them, this could even be done in the bathtub!
Save your toilet paper rolls and go find some twigs!! Actually, you can also do this with bottle caps, pompoms, crayons... etc. This is a great way to help kids learn how to count. Make it extra challenging by having the twigs at one end of the stairs and the buckets in the other, so they get a workout at the same time. :) Other great ideas can be found on pinterest.com
Turn off the lights and turn on your flashlight. Have your child try and place their finger on where the light is flashing. this is fun and inexpensive way to entertain your child while having them move around. You can make it more fun by having them place an "easy to take off sticker" wherever the light hits.
Practice the "ironing board" in the pool. Having kids relax as they float in the pool helps them gain confidence in themselves and in their capacities in the water. This is also a great way to stretch them out and sway them to have the water stimulate their skin. This can be very calming.
Yoga can be challenging for some kids. Doing hand-over-hand or adding a funny story to the mix can make it all the easier. For example: "Downward dog" is suddenly "walking like a bear".
The more fun it is for kids, the more likely they are to stay engaged and follow along.
Have kids use rulers and measuring tape to measure things around the house. This can keep them entertained for quite some time and make sure they're engaged at the same time. It's a great way to practice math as well as identification. Want to make it a little harder/ more educative? Have the pictures with words in another language, for them to learn. Try Spanish or French!
Put some colorful clothespins onto the swing and have your child move them from one side the other. This is great for their fine-motor skills as well as coordination. Add an element more by having them do it while they're on the swing. This will give their core a nice work-out at the same time.
Rubba dub dub, fun in the tub. Mix some shaving cream with food coloring and let them play in the tub for as long as they'd like. Encourage them to use their hands and get some sensory work done at the same time. When they're done... just rinse away and the canvas is clean. :)
Fun learning idea, paint in a bag is good for drawing and practicing letters and won't make a mess. This is another great tool to put into your travel bag. Doesn't take up too much space and it can keep them entertained for a while. Mix it up by adding multiple paint colors or glitter.