Frugal Fun Ideas Part 1

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A few months back I shared a series of guest posts on Real Life Deals.  These fun, inexpensive activities have never appeared on Mess For Less, so I thought I would share them here.  This is the first of a two part series.

If you have kids, your home is probably littered with toys.  Yet somehow, I bet your kids can never find anything to do.  That is the case in our house where we have so many books, games and toys that we could open a toy store.  Despite all this, I often find my 3 girls arguing, following me around and just generally being bored.  I wanted to find a way to keep them from being bored and me from going insane.  If could learn something and make some memories along the way, all the better!  But you see, I am a pretty frugal mom so I didn't want to spend a lot.  I discovered we could do lots of fun and educational activities without breaking the bank.  My big philosophy is to use what you have.  Look around and try and come up with different uses for items or refashion something.  Here are a few ideas that will keep the kids happy and keep mommy and daddy sane.

Hanging Socks

This activity is great for toddlers and preschoolers who are developing their fine motor skills.  These skills are so important as kids start to write, cut and manipulate smaller objects.  Grab some rope or twine and tie it between two chairs at your child's level.  Give them some clean socks and a bunch of clothes pins and put them to work.  My girls love doing things that adults do, so they found this activity to be lots of fun.  If you're like me, you have a bag of mismatched socks just looking for a partner.  This is a great use of them!  If your preschooler is older, then you can use pairs of matching socks and have them try and match them up on the line.



Sidewalk Paint

Did you know you can make your own washable sidewalk paint with cornstarch?  I was shocked to learn about all the fun things you can do with cornstarch.  Cornstarch is a frugal mom's best friend.  Put on your grubby clothes because this will be messy!  Grab some containers (one for each color you plan to make) and fill them each with 1/4 cup of cornstarch, 1/4 cup of water and food coloring.  Make sure you add enough food coloring to get vibrant colors.  I usually find about 10 drops does the trick.  Mix this well and grab some paint brushes.  I find that big old paint brushes work best for soaking up this paint.  You can let your little artists do the rest, but honestly, don't you want to paint too?  This washes off easily with a hose or spray bottle.  My girls like cleaning it up also with spray bottles.  It's a full circle activity since the kids can help you make it, use it and clean it up.  Don't you wish everything worked this way?




Go and try these with your kids today!  For more fun with paint check out our bottle print flowers.  Be on the lookout for Part 2 of Frugal Fun Ideas.
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11 comments:

  1. Some good ideas :) Thanks for posting. I've pinned this to my Kids Crafts board :)

    - Ellie @ Mammy Made

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  2. I never knew that about cornstarch! I will definitely be doing this when summer rolls back around.

    tiannamae.blogspot.com

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  3. Hi Vicky,
    Thanks for following my blog and for the nice comment you left! I am now following your blog and also pinned you sidewalk paint idea to my Pinterest. Are you on Pinterest? I love pinning cool crafts and such on there.
    Well, looking forward to reading more of your blog. Just happened to get up to get a glass of water and saw that you had left a comment:)
    Colleen

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  4. Thanks for stopping by caramelpotatoes.com.

    Love your blog - what great ideas!

    following you back - thanks!

    Kyra @ caramelpotatoes.com

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  5. Hi Vicky :)
    Following you back from my blog.

    I'm excited you might make a "Blue Box" of your own!

    Your adorable post remind me of a cute pic - and sock garland idea. It's the last pic here. (Can't you picture a red and green sock garland for Christmas?!) http://www.cookingatcafed.com/2011/10/31-days-to-more-organized-life-day-9.html

    All the best,
    Dana

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  6. Hi! I came over from becomingkelli.com. Thanks for the comment! The sock idea is soooo cute. My little girl is only sixteen weeks old, but she already loves to "help" with the laundry. I can't wait to play this game with her one day!

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  7. Hey there! I'm over from lizalouloves.blogspot.com. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I totally love your blog!! I have two kids and you have some really great ideas... I just want to try all of them out!

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  8. Great ideas, especially having everybody in the family do their share with the laundry!

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  9. @ Ellie, thanks so much for pinning me!
    @ Tianna, so happy you could stop by
    @ Colleen, you are so sweet. Thanks for pinning me!

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  10. @ Kyra, Thanks for following me back!
    @ Dana, I love that picture and want to do that in my laundry room.
    @ Kelli, Thanks for stopping by.
    @ Eliza, I hope your kids enjoy them
    @ Simona, put 'em to work I say!

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  11. LOVE the sidewalk paint... we are going to make some this week, before the snow hits us :) thank you so much for visiting my blog!

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