-my favorite and they play a long time with this one-laid down a sheet in the playroom and out out a tupperware bin full of dried beans/noodles next to our toy kitchen. Pulled out all our toy kitchenware and let them go to town. They stay on the queen size sheet and clean up is a snap. Just gather up the sheet with the stray beans and dump them back in the container. Put the lid back on and use the dried goods for the next go round.
Thanks for the beans tip! just did this with the 2 and 3 y old. got to do counting pasta with the eldest while the youngest is pouring stuff from container to container.
we're lucky that we have ontario early years centres that offer free programming for children during the day-only 2 blocks away twice a week.
Activities I do at home:
-all kinds of arts and crafts: painting, gluing, collages that are body sized/shaped etc.
-numbers and letters work and activities
-playing music with instruments to different types of music (bachata, reggae etc.)