A Cave of Stars - provide a pillow, book and snacks

Swim in OODLES of noodles with a Pool Noodle Bath Pit! This is a genius idea.

PVC playhouse, just add sheets

Simple kid's chore chart

Best kid fort ideas - make magical memories with amazing forts, plus a flashlight reading fort party. So easy and special. #momsmakemoney #nextjobathome #crafts #familytime #holidayideas

Turn an old dresser into a dollhouse - store extra things in the bottom drawers.

Cardboard stair slide

Backyard drive-in movie party. The kids decorated their "cars" with stickers and markers before the movie.

Old baby wipes container as a snack box for a long car trip - 1 for each kid LOVE THIS IDEA!

Travel activities for children that do not involve movies.

15 Toys You Can Make with Cardboard | Apartment Therapy (after the holiday season, you always have a few boxes hanging around. Here's a fun way to use them!)

An inflatable pool makes a great safe play area for babies and toddlers. | 33 Genius Hacks Guaranteed To Make A Parent's Job Easier

Use tension rods and a sheet to make a tent in the hallway for the kids. You can decorate the sheet with fabric paint or markers. And can be easily stored when done. this is awesome

I think this is 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.

I would have loved this as a kid.

making things from cardboard for kids

This is easier than water balloons - and the fun can go on for hours! No little balloon pieces to pick up either.

ice eggs - Freeze balloons filled with water and small toys. Cut balloon off and play with eggs outside. Provide spoons for cracking ice and digging treasures out. SUMMER