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.
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.