How to keep a child busy for hours in the summer: DIY: Giant Ice Cube Awesomeness - filled with plastic animals, dinos, and such. And I'm sure you could put in food dye before its frozen to color it like the ice block in the photo.
Calm-down & time-out bottles: Fill a bottle full of water. Add one bottle of glitter glue & ultra fine glitter. Send this bottle with your child to timeout - to watch it settle and calm him/her. Once the glitter has settled, time-out is up!
Peppermint Cereal Squares Recipe -Our 15 grandchildren expect me to make several batches of these minty treats each Christmas. The quick-and-easy preparation is appreciated during a hectic time of year. —Carole Coe, South Sutton, New Hampshire
hopefully not just a passing interest in heraldic display.
Mat-sack. Great for cars, Lego etc. spread it out on the floor to play on and when you're done, pull the strings to cinch it up. Easy tidy-up! Tutorial I used as a guide is here: http://pinksuedeshoe.com/2011/04/26/toy-sack-tutorial/ (only thing I did different was to use backpack strapping for tabs and parachute cord for the drawstring)