Here's another kid-friendly activity for little ones from resident expert Raelyn Barclay. Check out this amazing sand box! Kid-tested, mother-approved.
Indoor "Sand" Box
We initially set this up on the advice of my nephew's physical therapist. This is great for kiddos from age two (as long as they are beyond the putting everything in their mouth stage) to about ten.
• Repurpose an under-the-bed bin with a lid, I prefer one with wheels.
• Fill with dry beans (It took about 25 pounds of beans to get a decent layer). We used pinto beans for the color and size but any will do. Any warehouse store will sell 25 pound bags of beans for just a few dollars.
• Toss in measuring cups, scoops, funnels (with a large enough hole for the beans), or whatever else tickles your fancy. We also hid items like squishy balls, play money, dinosaurs, etc. -- rotate every few months for continual surprises. Spread a sheet on the floor first for clean-up ease. When playtime is over, back under a bed it goes.
(There's some cost to setting this up but our box is still going strong 10 years later.)
Brilliant mothering, Raelyn and cost-effective too!