Meet the Dubiens: I-spy bottle Take a plastic, clear bottle with lid. Find small items around your house (16-20) and lay them out. Take one picture of all of them together. Place rice and the items in the jar. Shake it up. Hot glue the lid onto the jar. Print the picture out. You could laminate it to protect it. Take to restaurants, etc. to pass time when meeting grandchildren.
bracelets -- love to keep bags of string crafts, string games, origami, other foldables, beading, codebreakers, brain teasers, tangrams, op art coloring pages, etc in my WTDWYAT (what to do when you are through) box in the classroom. Kids need these to stretch spatial and critical thinking skills just as much as they need "one more worksheet".
Letter walk: walk around the neighborhood looking for letters on signs or things that begin with that letter, and then fold down tab on the plate. // This would make a great car activity too! via @Pascale Lemay Lemay De Groof