Hunting for Dinosaurs
One large basket; a collection of toys.
This game can be played indoors or outdoors, but we usually save it for a rainy day. Give a child a large basket and have her gather all of her plastic toy dinosaurs. Once she is convinced that she has them all, count them according to size (e.g., 11 large, 8 medium and 7 small). Then send the child into another room, close the door and have her stay there until called (older kids can count for themselves to 50 or 100 - enough time to hide the toys). While the child is behind closed doors, hide all the dinosaurs around the house in plain view. Once they are all hidden, give the child the basket and send her off on her dinosaur hunt. When she thinks she has found them all, she has to count them again to be sure. It generally takes anywhere from 20-45 minutes to find and recount them all. You could certainly use stuffed animals or some other favorite set of toys.