Painting with real tools. Paint rollers, paint brushes and even a paint pan. But with water! Take it outside on the driveway and paint it!

sidewalk chalk rake

More texture brushes. I like the rubber band one, great to use all the rubber bands from the CSA.

Water play for kids out of doors!

Real spiderwebs... This is a great way to take a close look at spiderwebs.

A bucket and a rope: this simple contraption has provided hundreds of hours of open-ended, imaginative, gross-motor fun (happy hooligans)

Buiten spelen met water. Maak met krijt een soort super groot dartbord. Van achter de startlijn (of vanuit je eigen start-figuur) gooi je met een natte spons in de juiste cirkel. Tip van Speelgoedbank Amsterdam voor kinderen en ouders.

Hammering golf tees into styrofoam. Real life tools.

A tin foil river to float bottlecap boats on -- too fun.

Mazes teach about achieving their dreams. They show kids to never give up, that the right path is there, they just have to keep looking to find it.

All the most fun things to do with your toddler before they're a Big Kid! I must have been a better parent-to-toddler than I thought (despite 2 deployments) b/c we did ALL of these except water flowers in other people's yards and pudding paint. We just did messy real paint!

Oil drip pan from Walmart as a giant magnet board ($12) Genius!

tons of toddler art ideas / via pink & green mama.

Seriously, BlogMeMom is a genius! If you are not familiar with Suja’s amazing blog, please oh please check it out immediately.  You will find countless amazing, gorgeous, super fun and engaging science and art activities.  I’ve tried a bunch of them and am always super pleased with how they turn out. But this, THIS ONE(...)

Investigating real and fake money by using magnets