Cut up pipe-cleaners and place them in a bottle. Use a magnet to manipulate them. kids will stay busy for hours.
This game is VERY simple but powerful for the kids because it helps them to make those connections that 5 pennies = 1 nickel, 2 nickels = 1 dime, etc...
board games hanging on wall (no glass front in frame), baggie on back to hold pieces --- playroom. brilliant!
Monthly calendars with fun ideas of things to do with the kiddos.
A year of activities to do with your kids
I LOVE this idea. Make a wipe-off placemat for each kid to sit down and draw out their day while I cook dinner. Then it gives us something to talk about while we eat!
Free printable chore charts.
abc game with dice. Roll die and read the appropriate row as fast as they can. Later do sounds instead. Could do with sight words instead
"Calm down jar" from an interesting blog
Awesome FREE quiet book PDF. Great for recognition, matching, intro to letters, shapes, etc.