Cheap Fun With Kids
Turning off the TV means coming up with some creative ideas
to have good cheap fun with the kids. If your entertainment
bill gets too high you might find yourself back in front of the
TV. Here are some great ideas to get you
started.Fun with Children: Making Memories on a
What childhood memories do you hold
dear? For me, it was all the times “life happened”.
The little things like playing outside, riding my bike with the
wind in my hair, playing at the park, swimming in the lakes, giggling with friends.
None of those moments cost a cent, yet they are some of my
most treasured memories.
Making memories on a budget is very easy to do. Choose any of
the 31 ideas below and you’ll have a fun-filled time without
breaking the bank!
Garden - Plant flowers, fruit trees, herbs, or vegetables. Your
child will learn
science, responsibility and have fun!
Snip-it - Give your child old toy catalogs or magazines and
safe scissors. Watch them cut all day.
Diggin’ It - Send your child outside with a bucket and small
shovel. Shoveling snow, sand, dirt or rocks — it’s all good
Sing - Turn up the radio and sing! Teach your child the music
of the 70s, 80s, or 90s.
Play Catch - Throw different items (balloons, tennis balls) to
your child. Roll balls to young children.
Sidewalk Chalk - Lay on the sidewalk and take turns outlining
each other. Decorate your flat selves.
Cardboard Boxes - Make towers, build cities, design play
houses, airplanes, trains, forts and more!
Bubbles - Blow Bubbles. Take turns chasing and popping
Masks - Create Masks from Paper bags, paper plates, foam, or
anything on hand.
Cards - Introduce your child to all the classic games — UNO,
Crazy 8, Go Fish, Old Maid, Memory Match.
Scavenger Hunt - Give your child a list of clues and send him
out to find them. Clues can be simple (find a rock) or very
advanced (find a piece of granite).
Throw Rocks - Go to a pond, creek, or lake and throw rocks. Try
to skip them or aim for
Bath Time - Bring kitchen utensils into the bath tub. Bubbles
and water can become an imaginary gourmet dinner.
Office - Give your child Junk Mail, stickers, a calculator and
pen — they’ll have their own office!
Photography - Let your child use a disposable camera or a
digital camera and witness their creativity. They may surprise
Picnic - Make some sandwiches and eat them outside.
Cooking - Find age-appropriate recipes and let your child help
in the kitchen.
Tag - How many versions of tag do you remember from your
childhood? Teach the oldies to your children (freeze tag, TV
Write a Story - Younger children can write wiggle-worm
sentences (much scribbling and pictures). Encourage older
children to write chapter books — your child could pen the next
Harry Potter or Magic Tree house.
Charades - Toddlers can act out and guess their favorite
animals (usually with many sound effects). Older children will
enjoy acting out movie titles.
Flashlight - Turn off the lights & make shadow puppets. Or
get two flashlights and chase the light beams.
Wildlife - Feed the ducks, squirrels, birds, turtles or fish
Abundance - Every day, have your children tell you what they
are thankful for.
Dress Up - Give your children your clothes and watch them
Treats - Make cookies and decorate them.
Dance - Turn up the music and Dance!
Play Games - Teach your child all your favorite board
Journal - Present a notebook or diary to your child and
encourage them to express their feelings with pictures and
Tea Party - Grab the stuffed animals and treat them to a
delicious cup of imaginary tea.
Keep in Touch - Write a letter to Grandparents, Aunts or
Uncles. Teach the importance of family.
I Spy - Come up with age-appropriate clues and let you child
guess what you are thinking.
Be sure to print out this list and keep it handy for the next
time your children say “MOMMMMMM — we’re bored!”
Nicole Dean is the mostly-sane mom
behind www.ShowMomTheMoney.com .
She also owns www.ShowKidsTheFun.com - a
fun site to inspire parents to keep the lines of
communication open with their children.