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 Frugal Toddler Activities that will keep the kids happy and keep mommy and daddy sane.
Frugal Toddler Activities
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.
You will need:
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!
You will need:
- Containers (one for each color you plan to make)
- Food coloring
Grab some containers 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.