So I have been lurking at a great site called Play at Home Mom and it has tons of great ideas. While I can only wish to be so creative and offer my kids so many great things, I figured I could at least start small. Since I am not at home during the day I can't really set up the 'invitations,' but I have been trying to offer up a new activity every few days when I get home.
I gave the boys to containers of glass beads and sparkle beads (both out of the floral department), a couple white bowls, and spoons. I had the red and blue glass beads in one container and the clear and yellow sparkle beads in the other. When I set them out the first thing Gabe asked was "How are we supposed to do this?" I told them they could play with them how ever they wanted.
I was amazed at how much they enjoyed this. (They even asked for it again Thursday morning!)