Rainy Day Dirt
It is nice to have an engaging activity for a rainy day; one where you just need to be in the room. Jack loves his sandbox, so I knew a similar play indoors would be a win win, even if not the tidiest entertainment. And you might have these ingredients on hand!
4 Cups flour
1/2 Cup baby oil
Mix well to make a silky, mold-able, nice smelling "moon sand." I bought a low-sided plastic, lidded storage container, and a set of smallish construction vehicles to be able to pull out as an "occasion," but you could also put it in a 9x13 baking pan, and use whatever vehicles the child has on hand. We like lots of plowing and dumping abilities. This mixture keeps well to bring out again and again, but be prepared for some sprinklings outside the box (to me, worth the 1 1/2 hour of play). I just keep the play to sitting at the table to keep it contained a bit.