Whether you are a parent, grandparent or babysitter, keeping kids occupied during the summer can be a challenge. Thankfully, we have 33 activities that are not only fun and safe, but cost less than $10. So, turn off the TV, roll up your sleeves and get ready to be creative – you’ll most likely enjoy it as much as the kids.
1. Use colored tape to make roads for toy cars.
2. Then, take your tape outside to make oversized games on the patio.
3. The driveway transforms into a fun target game with chalk and sponges.
4. Chalk also provides a unique way to play dress-up.
5. Exploding paints bags are a messy, but fun activity.
6. Out of paint? Plastic lids, glue and food coloring work just as well.
7. Tape bubble wrap to your kid’s feet to create “stomp” paintings.
8. Cut holes in a tarp to make a carnival-like throwing game.
9. Cut up sponges to play an extra-quiet game of Jenga.
10. Create a river of tinfoil in the backyard. Bonus points for adding toy boats.
11. Attach an empty paper towel tube to the wall for a simple game that toddlers will love.
12. They’ll also enjoy threading pipe cleaners through a colander, a fun activity that improves dexterity.
13. Practice “sewing” with plastic needles and a burlap bag.
14. Or, practice writing letters in a tray of sugar or salt.
15. Pitch a tent indoors. Once inside, tell spooky stories, sing songs and eat homemade s’mores.
16. Experiment with water marbles – you can make something similar at home.
17. Create a giant “alien bubble.”
18. If you’re feeling particularly experimental, try extracting the DNA from strawberries.
19. Balloon rockets never fail to be a hit.
20. Play a game of mini-bowling with a marble and some pencil erasers.
21. Use yarn to create a safe obstacle course.
22. Pretending that the floor is lava is a classic and educational game.
23. Heat a bar of soap in the microwave to make a soap cloud.
24. Host the popcorn Olympics.
25. Or, play a game of balloon ping pong – exciting enough to be fun, but soft enough to avoid accidents.
26. Spread painters tape across a doorway to form an interactive spiderweb.
27. Make an indoor slide out of an old box or two.
28. Bubble are great, but a rainbow bubble snake is even better.
29. Although, this DIY bubble wand might take the cake.
30. A balloon filled with Play-Doh is a cheap and easy new toy.
31. Grab some white t-shirts, sandpaper and crayons to create customized t-shirts.
32. Half of an old pool noodle makes the perfect raceway for a marble.
33. And can also be used to craft a backyard obstacle course.
What cheap and easy activities do you know? Share them with us in the comments below. And don’t forget to share these awesome ideas with your friends and family.
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