fine motor: color-sorting and counting pompoms, magnets, print-outs, and a cookie sheet.
teach a child to tie their shoes using a jump rope so they can see a larger view of what is happening.
Writing in salt (this site has Montessori & Montessori-inspired activities).
For the kids at the restaurant while you're waiting for your food: DIY busy wallet! pick up a cheap wallet. fill it with pictures, scrap scrapbook papers, stickers, and various treasures.
Write words in sand - we dig real shells out of a bucket of sand for graphing and this would be a great LA activity to add to our beach theme!
Free color by number printables
This is a busy board
I really like how easy and cheap this is and very adaptable to move with children's learning. Name fishing! for toddlers to learn how to spell their name--could do with numbers, alphabet, or any combo that could be put in order...would be great to practice sight words as well.