Frugal Fun Ideas Part 2

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If you read Part 1 of our Frugal Fun Ideas then you saw some fun kids games that can be done on a budget.  But if you like saving money as much as I do, then you are always looking for more inexpensive children's activities.   Here are a few more of my favorite activities for the kids.

Sensory Tubs

Did you know that you probably already have a sensory tub in your home?  Most of us do.  Any kind of container where you can pour something in for kids to explore can become a sensory tub.  I bought some clear shoebox sized containers at the dollar store and I use them for many kids activities.  So grab a tub (bigger is good too) and throw materials in there for exploring.  A cheap favorite?  Uncooked beans.  I use whatever is on sale.  Dump them in your tub and give your kids some cups, spoons, little toys to hide, anything that would be fun.  You would be surprised at how long this will entertain children.  They are getting some good practice at measuring, scooping and pouring too!  This will require supervision especially if you have the kind of kid who would stick a bean up their nose.  I have that kind of kid.





Terrific Toast

A tasty snack and a fun kids activity?  Yes!  I love easy kids recipes and they don't get easier than this one.  Grab some bread from the refrigerator and get some cups (I love cleaned cups that applesauce comes in) and pour 1/4 cup of milk into each.  Then add some food coloring - more drops for bolder color-  and mix.  This is fun for the kids to do.  They love watching the milk change from white to a bright hue.  Give the kids some watercolor paintbrushes to "paint" the bread.  When they are done, pop it in the toaster oven for a few minutes until the bread gets toasty.  My girls are picky eaters but loved eating their masterpieces.





So there you have it, some easy and frugal activities for kids.  Next time your child says they are bored or have nothing to do, don't go out and buy more expensive toys that will add to the clutter.  Use what you have and make some memories along the way.


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14 comments:

  1. Never heard of the toast one before! Can't wait to try it!

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  2. Lorie, The kids will eat it up - pun intended.

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  3. Too funny! We do the sensory bin =) Have you done this yet? http://youtu.be/8QVp3aySO8I Some our favorite budget friendly indoor ideas!

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  4. I am loving all of your {easy} kid friendly activities!! Thanks for stopping by Sweet Sewn Stitches. Can't wait to poke more around your blog!

    Alyssa

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  5. Loving mama, oh yes the girls are big fans. Thanks for coming by

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  6. Alyssa, Thanks so much for the find words

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  7. My son was just in a pool filled with feeder corn and didn't want to get out. I think the sensory tub would be great for inside!

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  8. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the toast! Never heard of this before. Now I have to try it! I'd love for you to link up to my Linky Party =-) http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2011/10/linky-party-2.html

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  9. So fun to paint toast! I'll have to try this with my nephew.

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  10. The toast is cool, oh gosh does this mean I need to try it? Oh just kidding, I'm way past 4. thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower, I am now your newest. Hey if you are interested I hold a Sunday's Best link party on sunday's morning. come on over and check it out and post something if you like!

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  11. I love the toast idea! How fun. Thanks for stopping by. I am following you back!

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  12. Vicky, thanks for stopping by and following m,e. It is a treat to have you. It is fun to come and visit you. I have this thing with kids crafts, so it has been extra fun browsing your blog. Also this idea is great. We did something with corks..i love the circle look when it comes to trees.

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  13. loving both of your apple crafts!

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  14. I just love the painted toast idea! That sounds like so fun! Any kid would love that :)

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