Keeping your kids entertained can be very costly, yet you gotta do what you gotta do to make them happy. To help with that, below is a list of kids’ activities you can consider if you’re on a tight budget, which also encourages creativity and a bit of make believe.
2. Put together a story bag from items you already have, then take turns pulling one out and telling a story based on what you get from the bag. (Or tell one long, connected story together!)
3. Teach your child how to finger knit (great for travel or rainy, cold days).
4. Or get them started on embroidery with felt, an embroidery hoop and thread, and a large, blunt needle.
5. Do a giant dot-to-dot puzzle using butcher’s paper, disposable tablecloth, or wrapping paper to draw dots and number each one.
6. Build a homemade catapult and do some target practicing.
7. Create a ride-through “waterfall” using a garden hose and some PVC pipe.
8. Set up a mini, indoor car wash for toy cars.
9. Make cool, custom designed t-shirts.
10. Do a nature scavenger hunt.
11. Build a balloon dart board.
12. Get messy with squirt gun painting.
13. Have a sandbox? Hide a few items in it and watch your kids dig for buried treasure.
14. Gather up pipe cleaners and make cute critters, like this guy:
15. Use painter’s tape to create a maze on the floor for cars, trains, or just kids.
16. Go for a “adventure” walk. Take along a magnifying glass and a sketchbook. Gather up interesting leaves, twigs, and rocks to bring home.
17. Use some of those leaves you gathered to make a leaf collage.
18. Then let them paint the rocks you collected on your walk.
19. Take your kids for a picnic dinner, or make it a picnic brunch on the weekend.
20. Build cool structures by using marshmallows and toothpicks.