Even with pink eye and sinus/ear infections, we managed to make the best of our "staycation" vacation! Many thanks to Pinterest posts for innovative ideas to help keep my kidlets engaged. One successful project involved making "cloud dough" (http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/2011/11/cloud-dough.html). It was such an easy thing to make with 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil, and it kept my 6, 4, and almost 2 year old happy for about 45 minutes (that's pretty impressive). As a former teacher, I am surprised I have never heard of this one before! It is a wonderful sensory activity for preschoolers and young elementary students. I shared the above link on both my Pinterest board and Facebook wall.
I had the kids help me measure, pour, and mix (working in some math challenges never hurt anyone) the ingredients. We used our sand/water table to mix it all together in our hands. The cloud dough is moldable, so sand castles are possible without water and it smells like babies- an added bonus!
J, K, &L decided on a tea party theme and used cups, saucers, a tea pot, and spoons to build sand castles and have a tea party. You could also bring out cookie cutters, water play or sand toys, etc, but I wanted to have enough room for all their little hands to be engaged.