cut up pipe cleaners in a bottle--move w/ a magnet
Another Pinner said: "This kept my 2 year busy for an entire hour and my 4 year old busy for 2 hours! YAY! Drop vinegar tinted with food coloring onto a pan filled with baking soda. Sheer minutes of colorful fizzy fun!"
Cardboard Box Ideas
Quiet time or restaurant activity Put velcro dots on the ends of popsicle sticks. Kids can make letters or shapes over and over again.
Area math game: Roll the dice and draw the area array on your own grid - first to fill it wins.
Giant Ice Cube Awesomeness - filled with plastic animals, dinos, and such. CONTROLLED DESTRUCTION!