7 Ways to Keep the Kids Busy Without Spending A Fortune
No matter the age of your children finding productive and budget-friendly things to do can be quite challenging. Below are seven ways (that won’t cost a fortune) you can use on any day of the week to ensure your kids don’t go stir crazy.
Indoor Camp Out
What kid doesn’t love to pretend play and make their dreams come true? What they would love even more is actually bringing their imagination to life. Bringing the camping inside is just the fun they may be looking for.
For this activity you will need a tent, a real one will do or one made from sheets is good too. Pretend to light a fire and eat freeze-dried foods. You could also make indoor s’mores very easily at your stove or in your microwave. Be sure to get the sleeping bags and ghost stories ready for a fun night under the ‘stars’.
Have A BBQ With Friends
Your kids want to be social and are usually begging to go hang out with their friends. Take this as an opportunity to throw a potluck BBQ (here some of our favourite recipes!). Tell everyone you invite to bring the sides and drinks and you as the host will be responsible for grilling.
A Day of Volunteering
An awesome way to give kids some perspective on how others live is to have them give back in some capacity. It teaches kids to have empathy and care for others around them as well has to have gratitude for what they have in life.
There are many ways to give back that kids may be able to participate in. Some great places to start volunteering are your local soup kitchen, animal shelters, or spending the day cleaning up trash at your local park.
There is nothing like that satisfaction of creating or growing something yourself. Teaching this to your kids young can have a positive effect on them for a lifetime! School holiday can be a good time to learn to do something like this (plus it might keep them out of your hair!)
Rather than head out and buy a new pencil case why not learn together how to create it! Depending on the age of your kids you might want to look at the best sewing machines for beginners! The last thing you want is a day spent at the doctors, so much sure you choose something safe and easy for them to get started!
Indoor Obstacle course
Sometimes it’s just simply too cold or rainy to get out of the house. Bad weather or not kids need to be able to have the space to release all of the energy they have. Creating an obstacle course in your home is fun for everyone.
Try making the string laser course like you see in the movies for your kids. All you really will need is lots of string to create the course and then your kids can collect the objects you already have at home and put them in baskets at either end of the course.
Young toddlers to school ages children love to play with sensory bins. Sensory bins can be fairly messy so be sure to work on a sheet or outdoors where it is okay for you and the kids to get a little dirty. Make shimmer snow made from baking soda and glitter. Try a coloured rice bin with just plain rice and food colour. If you want to avoid the mess altogether fill a bin with cotton balls and simply add kitchen utensils and measuring cups and the kids will have a blast.
Make Your Own T-Shirts
Let’s be real, kids will practically draw all over the house if you let them. Foster their creativity skills and design your own t-shirts. It doesn’t take much to get this done and can be made on new or old shirts.
Use any type of art medium your child likes such as crayons, markers, or even let them paint on their shirt. Make sure to hand wash and dry your shirts so that your kids can cherish their creations for years to come.