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.
15 Fun and Educational Activities for Kids
A, Bee, C, Preschool: Building Shapes. Kindergarten readiness: Colored craft sticks are labeled with the number of sides each shape has, ie: 3 purple sticks - triangle. The children will choose a color and build the matching colored shape from the sticks.
Quiet Time Activities For Preschoolers and Toddlers
Quiet Time Activities For Preschoolers and Toddlers - Beauty Through Imperfection - Crafting Journal
Colorful Popsicle Sticks Quiet Book Page by HannasQuietBooks
Sponge Tower Time
Abstract Invitation to Play: Toddler Approved!: Sponge Tower Time - cut sponges into Jenga-like blocks and build!
Sorting Shapes Sheet-nice assessment idea (pre-k)
Everything You Need To Know About Quiet Time Boxes
Some good ideas, but I wouldn't leave children behind closed door alone with such small pieces. Quiet time with these materials should be supervised.
Awesome roundup of easy Busy Bags to keep kids busy during summer road trip or a rainy afternoon!
The contact paper/construction paper activity was a fail. still want to try the pom pom idea months). Toddler time: 5 ways to keep a busy - Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best! No expensive toys needed
DIY Dry Erase Activity Book For Kids
make a dry-erase book your kids will love! include coloring pages, workbook pages, blank pages, word games and mazes, etc. put them in page protectors and then put them all in a binder. dry erase crayons are key - they're washable! check out this tutorial