1) Bike Wash- Just like washing Mom or Dad's car, your little one would have a blast washing their outdoor toys. Pull out buckets, sponges, dish soap, and hose. Let your children spray off their bikes, make soap bubbles, and wash their toys with sponges or other scrub brush. This can also be down with plastic cars, animals or baby dolls.
2) Scavenger or Treasure Hunt- Create a list of items your child must find. Bonus if you can include pictures so you preschooler can "read" by themselves. This can be an indoor or outdoor activity. Have them hunt for rocks, flowers, books, or favorite toys. Have the time and creativity, create a treasure map with a special prize as a reward.
3) Make Rock Pets- Did your child collect rocks on the scavenger hunt? Have them create rock pets with paint, google eyes or other crafting supplies you have on hand. Encourage creativity by asking them what kind of pet their rock is or what their pet's name is.
4) Rain Dance- Take advantage of the passing showers and do a rain dance. Allow your child to put on their rubber boots, pull out the umbrellas, and jump in puddles. Be silly with them and join in on the fun.
5) Build a fort- Is it raining or too hot to go outside? Pull out bed sheets and pillows to build a fort inside. Use furniture or large old boxes to help create the structure. As an added treat let your child take their nap in the fort!
6) Help with chores- You would be surprised how exciting ordinary household chores can be fun for your little one! Give them a squirt bottle with water and paper towels. Ask their help to wipe down cabinets or the kitchen table. Even sorting socks with the laundry can be a fun activity for a preschooler- and it's learning!
7) Let them make lunch- Pull out cookie cutters to make silly shaped sandwiches, use plastic knives so they can spread their own condiments, and encourage them to try new foods by asking their input for what they want to eat. Enjoy a picnic outside or in their fort!
8) Make a Trail Mix- This is a great way to use left over snacks. In a large bowl have your child mix together dried cereal, raisins, marshmallows, pretzels, or any other food left over in the pantry. Pull out a big spoon and let your child mix it themselves.
9) "Going on a Bear Hunt"- Create a Bear Hunt or safari trip! Create binoculars out of paper towel or toilet tubes, and use your child's stuff animals and hide around the house. Have your child go "hunting" for animals and report back with what they find. Find the song "Going on a Bear Hunt" and have your child sing/ act along.
10) Puppet Show- Using old mismatched socks or paper lunch bags, create puppets! Have your child come up with a story and put on a show!