Recently, I found a picture on Pinterest that suggested highlighting letters on paper then encouraging children to trace the highlighted letters. I love it! The dashes that are most commonly used are obtrusive and really don't encourage tracing, but highlighting works great. Use this for teaching preschoolers to draw shapes, their name, and even for cutting activities
The Foamerator, the most awesome homemade toy ever! Cut the bottom off a water bottle and cover it up with a damp piece of old terry cloth & secure with a rubber band. Then dip into bubble soap and blow into the mouthpiece--watch HUGE bubble snakes emerge! Easy video tutorial. Made these with kids at the library and they loved 'em!
Nature Faces! ... I remember doing this as a kid. Out in the garage my dad gave us each a piece of hardboard. We'd use leaves, walnuts, and sticks plus any odds and ends of bolts and things that dad gave us to play with. We were entertained for hours making and remaking our temporary art! :] great for stimulating kids' imaginations