Click to see my new pinboard "Family Fun" where parents will find activities for the entire family. Once I started pinning from within Pinterest I found some great ideas. One of my favorites is taping or drawing to create a city or environment for cars and dolls. I always wished I had one of those rugs with buildings and streets for my toy cars as a kid. I wish I would have thought of drawing my own city on paper!
I noticed that a lot of activities for kids called "Quiet Time Activities" are focused on keeping kids occupied so that parents can focus on their adult tasks and work. As a teacher (I'm not a parent yet!) I agree that kids love age-appropriate activities in which they can work confidently on their own. While providing independent activities for kids is valuable at times, I hope that the goal of some of these at-home activities are not to simply keep the kids quiet but to provide a platform for the entire family to enjoy spending time together.
Keep checking Family Fun for ideas and feel free to email and suggest some as well!