I love the shower curtain play mat made over at Filth Wizardry (one of my favorite blogs for creative ideas for kids!). It looks like a play mat like this will provide hours of fun for house-bound kids (still have any rainy days left this summer? We do here in Oregon!) You can customize this for any interest, for example, making it a fairytale-themed map with castles, dragons, etc. [click here for full project and lots of great photos]
You can get clear shower curtain liners at the dollar store, and permanent markers and crayons will work on a textured liner. Completely optional, but fun, are traffic sign stickers, which you might also find at your dollar store. If you are afraid of drawing, never fear, there are some good tricks for drawing straight roads in the instructions, and your kids will be happy with whatever you come up with.
- Clear vinyl shower curtain liner, $1
- Permanent markers, on hand
- Crayons, on hand
- Additional stickers (optional), $1
Total: $1 and up