Grab These Items From A Dollar Store. What You Can Make With Them Will Entertain The Whole Family

We all love summer, but it's easy to forget how having the kids home from school can really add up with all the driving, activities, camps and parties. So seize the day when you can hack a dollar store find and get a whole summer afternoon out of it. Check out this list for some fun and frugal ideas.

1. Some tempura paint and pool noodles make fun stamps for a craft day.


2. Make this the summer of pool noodle lightsabers.

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3. Hula hoops are really just enormous bubble makers.

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4. With a little duct tape and a pool noodle, you've got yourself some outdoor rings for games.


5. And obstacle courses.


6. Give your kids their very own garden area with dollar store garden supplies.

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7. Dunk a sponge necklace in apple cider vinegar for an all-natural way to keep the bugs away.

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8. Chalk and sponges create fun driveway games.

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9. "Duck, duck, goose" turns into "duck, duck, drench" with a sponge on a hot day.

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10. Hula hoops and old sheets of fabric strips make temporary cabanas.

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11. Turn a pool noodle into a sprinkler.

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12. Colanders aren't just for the kitchen. They're great for water balloon games.

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13. Really, you can't go wrong with water balloons.

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14. Hula hoop competitions are a great way to wear out young partygoers.

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15. Dollar store frames, food coloring and glue will dry to make stained glass panels.

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16. Give the kids a budget and let them loose in the dollar store to create their own dollar store carnival with plastic party ware and toys.

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17. Hula hoops, frisbees and other dollar store toys are great for creating Olympic games on the beach.

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18. Glow sticks in Mason jars let you keep track of kids as it starts to get dark.

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19. The dollar store is a perfect place to stock up on rainy day arts and crafts.

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20. Dipping suction cup arrows in tempera paint makes for a fun, messy paintball kind of game. Just have the hose at the ready.

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21. Tiny ones make magic by mixing water, cornstarch and food coloring.

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22. You can paint a baking sheet with chalkboard paint for car seat entertainment.

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23. Painted roasting pans create an adorable little army of ninja turtles.

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24. A frisbee and a bucket make an easy backyard game.

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25. Crush up chalk and add water for washable chalk paint.

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26. Plastic cups, Tupperware and snacks are great for little picnic parties.

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27. Bandana ties make instant three-legged races.

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28. Buckets are perfect for relay races and bobbing for apples.


29. Foam stickers and rocks are great for little naturalists to document their rock collection.

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30. A clear shower curtain and some dry erase markers make a wonderful, washable outdoor canvas.

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