Most parents learn about child development as they go. Caretakers try to tailor plans that keep everyone happy — but anyone who has spent more than a few minutes around little ones knows that their attention spans are short. Sometimes parents (and teachers) run out of ideas and energy. Here are fun, educational ideas from teachers and librarians. Preschoolers love make-believe play, for example. They also love counting things and drawing pictures. They also like to play matching games, especially matching objects to numbers. A number of FREE websites allow parents to print fun and educational games. Pre-Kinders and File Folder Farm are great places to get FREE activities for kids this age. For more ideas for older kids, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.