Basic vocabulary, like knowing prepositions, is necessary for beginning readers. Teach prepositions with this simple game. - would be super cute in Strip Designer app Supplies A plastic Cup Either action figure or doll.
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.