Quiet Boxes - for the child who no longer naps and for the mother who needs her sanity back. This is great idea even for older kids, for weekends & summer afternoons. We can all use a lil more quiet time!
Toddler threading activity with giant cardboard beads. Could be a little project to have them paint the tubes, let them dry, and cut the tubes into smaller lengths (with some help). Add stickers for decoration and even more fine motor practice!
Muffin Pan Fun and other toddler activities months old ---> O'Courter: When he was around 9 months old, I gave my son plastic Easter eggs and a mini muffin tin. He had a lot of fun sorting them in the tin.
10 Ways to Keep a Toddler Busy (without buying new toys) — Learning Through Play I have personally seen this and this really does work! It's a great way for kids to keep busy and practice motor skills!