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Play is how children learn. Develop their brains. Gain mastery. Play is children's work.

Creative Playhouse: 15 Play Ideas to Help Children Calm Down and Relax

"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 fizziness!!... Pretty sure we will be doing this soon!

A list of 100 cheap, free summer activities to do with the kids. via how does she

Another pinner says: This takes you to the BEST blog I have ever read! Absolutely love, PLAY AT HOME MOM...{makes me want to have more kids just to do all the fun stuff with the little ones!}

Fill your ice cube trays with water, adding a drop of food coloring to each section. When frozen, these can be popped out and put in bath water. They’ll have fun “chasing” them around in the tub and trying to grab them before they melt.

Homemade bath crayons? Here's just 1 of the hundreds of great ideas on this family website "A Magical Childhood"

Whaaaaat? No helium needed to fill balloons for parties.....just vinegar and baking soda!

Kids can make Homemade ice cream in a baggie -- Easy!

This is what happens when you microwave a bar of Ivory soap! [Then you can tear it up and mold into shapes]

Salt Writing! So simple yet "Little Dude literally was engrossed in this activity for more than an hour. Thanks to from Becky at Creating Paradise

This is BY FAR the BEST resource I've seen with ideas for keeping toddler/preschool kids busy!

Pvc pipe and cars. Hours of entertainment.

Bean Bucket - L's favorite toy when younger.

Make-your-own dominoes from rocks - martha stewart

Cut up pipe-cleaners and place them in a bottle. Use a magnet to manipulate them.

"One of the best toddler activity idea websites I've ever found. The ideas are simple, educational and allow for creative exploration of the child's own world. Highly recommend."

felted fishing game

Yarn and tape a hallway for a "laser obstacle course". That will keep 'em busy for a couple of hours.

What happens when you put jello in straws? Worms!

All the recipes for make your own...Play doh, bath paint, colored pasta, big bubbles, sidewalk chalk,finger paints,colored rice, glues, spray paints, pavement paint and more.