instead of arbitrarily giving kids an allowance. The kids can pick what they want to do and earn as much money as they choose - Dave Ramsey talks about this...very cool

chore magnets---Brilliant kids pick and earn as much money as they choose - Dave Ramsey talks about this.

Fun with giant bubbles from an altered water bottle.

make water bottle bubbles for kids who can't quite blow bubbles yet. I used Fiji water bottles. Kids were amazed that round bubbles came from square bottles

Take popsicle sticks...put velcro dots on both sides at both ends. Kids can make endless shapes and letters with the sticks.

Easy and fun.Velcro + popsicle sticks make for great quiet time or restaurant activity. Put velcro dots on the ends of popsicle sticks. Kids can make letters or shapes over and over again. I found velcro dots at my local dollar store.

Tin Foil River in the yard. Fun! Never would have thought of this but the boys would love it!

A TIN FOIL RIVER * A River Runs through it. (in our front yard) * Camo and Bows * A trickle from the garden hose keeps the tin foil in place "as you build it" along the route the water flows! * Kids of all ages will enjoy on a hot day.

Great baby Toy.  Fabric squares in a wipes dispenser.  Entertainment for hours, with out the waste of wipes....this has Zoe written all over it.

DIY baby Toy: Fabric squares in a wipes dispenser. Entertainment for hours, with out the waste of wipes.

Need to do this!!  Positive reinforcement - Put a cotton ball, marble, pom-pom, etc. in every time you catch your child being good. Do something special when it's full. Nice little reminder for mom to notice the good and acknowledge it!

"Caught Ya"- Positive Reinforcement - put a cotton ball, marble, pom-pom ball, etc. in the jar, when it's full they get a special reward

the world’s best bubbles.

“World’s Best Bubbles” recipe bubble mix. 1 quarts of water cup light corn syrup 1 cup liquid dish soap Mix water and corn syrup until completely blended. Slowly stir in soap. Will last several weeks in an airtight container.

Light up fireflies out of old plastic Easter eggs!

Awesome Easter Egg Bug craft to do with the kids! Great for a nighttime Easter Egg Hunt! You can also use a small glow stick for the light inside. Fire Flies that light up DIY Fireflies

roller shades under table for fort  (alright, that's pretty genius...)

A DIY under-the-table playhouse made using roller shades–great idea for kiddos or just me. Get washable roller shades so kids can design their house/fort for the day, then wash off when finished.

monster holder

Tissue box --> monster utensil holder for bday parties! Looks like a cute craft for a valentine box.

Ramp out of cardboard tubes.

cardboard tubes + box = hours of fun! We pieced together TP and paper towel tubes. Used marbles. The kiddo loved it and even still pulls it out to roll the marbles into a dump truck. He wont' let me toss any cardboard tubes now.

Cardboard swords using wrapping paper roll inner

DIY Cardboard Sword - These swords were made from the inner tubes of wrapping paper rolls. We flattened and pointed the ends, slotted them through another cardboard strip to make the hilt

Marshmallow Catapult

Marshmallow Catapult: I thought this would be a fun and great idea for students to make in class. The project of the marshmallow catapult incorporates both art and science.when you can't buy them all a marshmallow gun!

40 activities for the kids to do with blocks. Such a simple toy that can be played with many ways. What other simple toys are so versatile?

44 Block Activities for Preschoolers - hands on : as we grow

Blocks of Fun! 40 Block Activities for Kids by Jamie on March 2012 40 Kid Activities for wooden blocks, legos and ABC blocks