Summer-time (or any time off from school) can turn into lazy-time if we aren’t careful (by “we”… I mean the parents). It can be easy for us, as parents, to just let our kids lounge around and hop online or turn on the TV when they are bored, but my husband and I really try to keep a limit on those things. That is where our home rules come into play.
5 Quiet Toddler Activities - Ideas for Independent Play
The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide: Preschool Activities This is a GREAT site. She has so many clever and easy ways to work with your preschooler and have fun at the same time. They also have infant and toddler activities.
101 Almost Free Things to Do With Kids This Summer...in the 60's we were simply told to go outside and PLAY on most days, we went swimming in the afternoons after mama had cooked ( I never ate a sandwich lunch or fast food), we helped pick and shell peas when they were ready, we did chores...news flash parents: you don't have to make everything in life "fun".
Puzzle storage. Instead of all those puzzle boxes taking up room, put them in pencil cases and use zip ties to sort them by size. Did this with my kids' puzzles. One for 24 piece puzzles and one for 100 piece puzzles