Alphabet Monster Game: Make the monster with empty canister (oatmeal, etc.), cut out mouth and add letters and face. Then say a letter in a silly monster voice and have child feed the monster the letter. My preschool kids LOVE this!
Oatmeal boxes covered with book pages or with newspaper from the day your child was born, a special event occurred, or a historical moment. (I've always saved oatmeal boxes since I first made one into a drum to hang around my neck when I was 5 years old.