Toddlers and beyond:
Peek a boo...really does this ever get old? (Later it will be called hide and seek, but it's still the same concept.)
Rolling a ball.
Banging on pots and pans. I prefer empty Floger's Coffee Containers.
Shakers. (These are easy to make out of any easy to hold non-breakable container. Just fill 1/3 full with rice. If you have two containers, fill another 1/3 full of beans. They make different sounds.)
Clothespins and cottonballs: Have the child pick up the cottonballs using the clothespins. A simple variation is having them pick up the cottonballs with a large serving spoon. (Do not leave the child unattended with the cotton balls.)
Make a city with all the boxes and containers in the recycling bin! (Still a favorite around here!)
Walk on a log...over a puddle (for extra fun and drama.)
As your children get older:
Card games such as Crazy Eights, Old Maid, Black Jack, Slap the Jack and Concentration.
Concentration Game: (Name all the things you can in one category. Example, colors, mammals, car makers, cities in the U.S., Countries in Europe, Songs by the Beatles etc.)
Tic Tac Toe
Bake or Cook with your child.
Teach them to slice and peel safely.
Have your child help with folding laundry, sweeping floors etc.
Have your child sort the laundry by color.
Plant a vegetable garden or a flower garden
Build a city with block or Lego's
Set up a grocery store, a stage, a doctor's office.
Take it outside:
A pick up baseball game
A bike ride
A roll down a grassy hill
Potato or pillowcase races
Build a tepee
Make a fort
Get disposable cameras and let them have fun with it.
Make your own Corn Husk or Rag Dolls.
I could go on and on and on. Everything is play and learning happens...ALL. THE. TIME.
(Making bird feeders)