Childhood Fun Doesn't Have To Be Expensive. These 33 Great Ideas Are All $10 Or Less

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. 

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2. Then, take your tape outside to make oversized games on the patio.

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3. The driveway transforms into a fun target game with chalk and sponges.

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4. Chalk also provides a unique way to play dress-up.

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5. Exploding paints bags are a messy, but fun activity.

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6. Out of paint? Plastic lids, glue and food coloring work just as well.

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7. Tape bubble wrap to your kid’s feet to create “stomp” paintings.

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8. Cut holes in a tarp to make a carnival-like throwing game.

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9. Cut up sponges to play an extra-quiet game of Jenga.

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10. Create a river of tinfoil in the backyard. Bonus points for adding toy boats.

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11. Attach an empty paper towel tube to the wall for a simple game that toddlers will love. 

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12. They’ll also enjoy threading pipe cleaners through a colander, a fun activity that improves dexterity.

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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.

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16. Experiment with water marbles – you can make something similar at home.

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17. Create a giant “alien bubble.”


18. If you’re feeling particularly experimental, try extracting the DNA from strawberries.

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19. Balloon rockets never fail to be a hit.

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20. Play a game of mini-bowling with a marble and some pencil erasers.

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21. Use yarn to create a safe obstacle course.

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22. Pretending that the floor is lava is a classic and educational game.

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23. Heat a bar of soap in the microwave to make a soap cloud.

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24. Host the popcorn Olympics.

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25. Or, play a game of balloon ping pong – exciting enough to be fun, but soft enough to avoid accidents.

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26. Spread painters tape across a doorway to form an interactive spiderweb.

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27. Make an indoor slide out of an old box or two.

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28. Bubble are great, but a rainbow bubble snake is even better.

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29. Although, this DIY bubble wand might take the cake.

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30. A balloon filled with Play-Doh is a cheap and easy new toy.

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31. Grab some white t-shirts, sandpaper and crayons to create customized t-shirts.

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32. Half of an old pool noodle makes the perfect raceway for a marble.

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33. And can also be used to craft a backyard obstacle course.

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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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