Idea Box

Looking for something fun and engaging to do with your preschooler?  Here are a few ideas from school that you can use at home.  Check back often for more fun suggestions!

Favorite Summer Sanity Savers

25 tried and true activities for when kids say “I’m Bored”

  1. Give them an empty shoe or tissue box to turn into a treasure box.  Have them hide it someplace in the house and make a map showing how to find it.
  2. Ask them to count how many steps it takes to get from their bedroom to each of the other rooms in the house. Count how many windows are in the house, how many stairs, how many things that are red (long sleeved, short sleeved, striped etc) are hanging in their closet.
  3. Tape paper to the underside of your kitchen table and let them lay on their back to color a picture.
  4. Put them in charge of sorting the laundry into darks & lights or matching up the socks.
  5. Give them a roll of masking tape…the possibilities are endless! (My son’s personal favorite is making spider webs all over the living room.)
  6. Give them a wash cloth and spray bottle with a teeny tiny amount of shampoo in it.  When they are playing in the bath ask them to wash the bath toys for you.
  7. Fill a bowl with various small items: cotton balls, dry pasta, beads etc.  Have your child use tweezers or tongs to sort the items.
  8. Fill a bucket with water and put in various items that will float.  Let your child use a soup ladle to fish out the items and sort them.  Or, let them select some items and predict what they think will sink and what will float. Then let them test their predictions. This can be done in the bathtub as well.
  9. Have your child go on a magnetic scavenger hunt.  Give them a strong magnet from the fridge and ask them to see how many other things they can find in the house that are magnetic.  You can give them a notebook to record their findings with words or drawings.
  10. Give them large pieces of paper and ask them to make place mats for each family member to eat off of that day.
  11. Tape a paper target to the wall and let them practice throwing a soft ball (or a pair of balled up socks) at the target.
  12. Put a few cups of ice cubes on a cookie sheet and give your child a small cup of water, an eye dropper and a few pinches of salt.  Ask them to melt the ice.  Or freeze some plastic animals into an ice block and ask your child to rescue the animal.
  13. Drape a big blanket over your kitchen table and give your child a flash light. (My personal favorite are the flashlights with cranks. The kids like them and I’m not spending a small fortune on batteries!)
  14. Give your child some old magazines and ask them to cut out any pictures that they like.  Older kids can make a collage or card to give to a friend.
  15. Give your child a pillow case and show them how to have a potato sack race.
  16. Let your child take their play race cars in to the bath and play car wash.
  17. Use masking tape to make an indoor hop scotch game.
  18. Give your child a mirror and face paint…make sure your camera is handy!
  19. Give your child tin foil or wax paper to color on instead of paper. If you’re able to supervise, you can put the tin foil on a warming plate or griddle turned to low and color on it with crayons.  Talk about the wax crayons melting and how it feels different than drawing on paper.
  20. Ask them how many circles they can find in your house, how many triangles, squares, rectangles etc.
  21. Let them know what is being served for dinner and ask them to make menus.
  22. On a sunny day give your child a bucket of water and a paint brush and let them    ‘paint” outside and watch the water evaporate as it dries.
  23. Have your child draw a picture or write a letter to a family member or friend.  Hopefully they will write back and your child will have a new pen pall.
  24. When unloading the dishwasher, let your child sort and put away the silverware.
  25. Lay out a blanket and let your child have a teddy bear picnic in your living room or back yard.

Pumpkin Pie Cups

Here is the recipe for the yummy pumpkin pie cups the TThF kids made today!

Pumpkin Pie Cups


  • 2 small packages of instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 16oz can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 1/2t. pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • 2 cups of unsweetened whip cream
  • Graham crackers


  • Smash up a large graham cracker and place at the bottom of a cup
  • Mix pudding and milk until just blended
  • Stir in pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and whip cream
  • Scoop pumpkin mix on top of crust
  • Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Flubber Gak Recipe

Slimy Flubber Gak: not quite liquid, not quite solid, quite a lot of fun for your preschooler. What You Need: 5 tablespoons Borax 2 cups Elmers glue (Elmers works better than other brands) 1 1/2 cups water 1 cup hot … More…