Almost every adult can remember building a fort, tent or other structure as a child. No elaborate materials or planning are required. Just toss a simple blanket over two chairs and watch as your kids dive in. Use household items, such as sheets, pillows, flashlights, chairs and other furniture, to create a truly unique experience.
While play dough is available in stores and can come in flashy colors and scents, simple play dough can be made at home using common kitchen ingredients. Knead 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour and 1 tablespoon of oil to make an enjoyable, squishy substance that kids will love to get their hands on.
Children are sometimes more interested in the boxes than the toys that came in them. Visit a grocery store or retailer to gather empty, used boxes that can be drawn on, cut up or crawled through.
Fold scrap paper, napkins or any other paper into paper planes for indoor or outdoor fun. Children enjoy making dozens of designs and racing them to see which is fastest or follows the most creative path.
Play games such as Go Fish and Old Maid with a standard deck of playing cards. The rules are very simple so even very young children can play.