Inexpensive Ways To Keep Kids Entertained // 23.10.16

Inexpensive Ways To Keep Kids Entertained

The great thing about being young is that everything is so new and novel. This means that even the simplest of activities will capture little one’s interests (even if it’s only for a short while!) For this reason, you really don’t need to spend much entertaining kids. You can set up different activities for next to nothing, which they’re sure to enjoy just as much as the latest expensive toy. There are many inexpensive ways to keep kids entertained. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Inexpensive Ways To Keep Kids Entertained:

Nature Walk

Inexpensive Ways To Keep Kids Entertained

A walk in woods or the countryside is a good way to get some fresh air and light exercise. To make it more interesting, you could print out a worksheet and ask children to tick things off or make drawings as they see them. It’s a good one for improving their observational skills, and can turn a regular walk into something more exciting. And now we’re in autumn, now is a very good time to do this. With woodlands scattered with pinecones, berries, changing leaves and wildlife it gives you plenty to look out for. Check out for worksheet ideas or put something together yourself. It costs nothing and is a fun way to get out of the house and keep busy for a few hours.

Movie Night

Inexpensive Ways To Keep Kids Entertained

Even if you don’t usually encourage too much television, setting up a movie night now and again can be a good way to spend some quality time together. If you plan it and decide on some films, it’s not just mindless tv watching, and can be a good way to spend a few hours on a rainy evening or weekend. You could set up a blanket fort in the front room to watch it from, or just bring down lots of cosy throws and pillows and get extra comfy on the sofa. Enjoy a couple of family classics with a hot chocolate and some popcorn, and make a proper event of it. You could use Netflix to find things to watch, or use a voucher code website such as to get movies online at a reduced price.


Inexpensive Ways To Keep Kids Entertained

You don’t need loads of expensive art materials to keep kids entertained. A pile of paper plates and some coloured pens, glitter and glue cost hardly anything, and you could have fun making ‘masks.’ You could paint rocks, make nature pictures by sticking things like leaves and feathers to paper. Big packs of buttons, beads, sequins and pipe cleaners give kids a huge range of options to experiment with. You can find these kinds of things on sites like

Outdoor Games

Inexpensive Ways To Keep Kids Entertained

It might be a bit chilly now that the autumn has arrived. However if you get a sunny weekend then you must take advantage! Some outdoor games such as Frisbee, rounders, football are the perfect way to spend a few hours at the park. You can pick up the equipment for just a few pounds, and it will provide you with hours of fun. If you have a big enough garden, they could be used out there too. Other outside activities you could try are blowing bubbles with a bubble wand. Or one from my childhood: Drawing on the pavement with coloured chalks.


If you want to get out of the house but don’t want to spend much, museums are generally free to enter and are a good educational activity for kids. Most museums will have interactive children’s exhibits too, this can split up the trip for them so they’re less likely to get bored.

Do you have any ideas for fun yet inexpensive things to do with children?


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  1. Louise Evans-Clarke October 25, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    Playing some of the older games like hopscotch. They enjoy it even more if you join in and, it helps lose a few pounds. Phew!!!!

  2. Tracy Nixon October 26, 2016 / 4:52 am

    Just what I need for this half term thanks!

  3. Andrew Petrie October 26, 2016 / 6:58 am

    If you live anywhere near the sea or a decent lake or river the options are limitless – and very healthy !

  4. amy fidler October 26, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Thanks for this,just shows you can keep lil ones entertained without breaking the bank xx

  5. Peter Watson October 26, 2016 / 7:52 am

    Thanks for the tips.

  6. Jennifer Haden October 26, 2016 / 8:17 am

    Wonderful list, love the idea of nature walks, gets them out of the house!

  7. Lindsey Stuart October 26, 2016 / 8:49 am

    I just love posts like this! I have pinned it to my bookmarks thankyou!
    Having great days out doesn’t have to cost much and that is important to remember! 🙂

  8. Sarah Mackay October 26, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Great tips will help keep by LO entertained and away from the tablet

  9. Alica October 26, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    When my kids were little they loved going to the museum, we have a great science museum in Manchester that they especially loved and most of that is free too!

  10. Kim Carberry October 26, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Fab ideas…..Perfect for half term x

  11. Gisela Wilson October 26, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    Your ideas reminded me of the things that I used to do with my children. Brilliant that not everybody relies on computer games.

  12. Anthony Harrington October 26, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    very handy ideas for half term!

  13. Kayleigh White October 26, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    I can recommend nature walks, as I live in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, so it’s miles and miles of fields and coastline for as far as the eye can see! We love walking, collecting leaves and cycling.

  14. Sophie Ade October 27, 2016 / 7:12 am

    Move night and crafts sound perfect to me. My son has just turned 2 so is beginning to need a bit more entertaining… although he would love a walk in the woods… he loves to be outdoors.

  15. Jo Carroll October 27, 2016 / 9:01 am

    All very useful ideas. I think getting the kids out and about is by far the best as the fresh air and exercise helps tire them out a little, gives them some healthy exercise plus has an added benefit of not having to make a complete mess of the house 😉 x

  16. Alana Walker October 27, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Great tips, mine are already complaining of boredom!

  17. jessica woods October 27, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Thank you things cost so much these days

  18. Annmarie Gould October 27, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    i didnt have much money when my kids were younger (actually i still dont! ) i always used to take them over the fields for a picnic, and down to the local stream in their wellies. On wet/cold days we used to play cinemas where we would get some popcorn move the furniture around and turn the lights out to watch a film. sofa forts are also great fun.

  19. Nicola Dudson October 27, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Mine love drawing and craft making, they can do it for hours and is a fun cheap pastime for them

  20. Victoria Shiel October 28, 2016 / 12:59 am

    great advice

  21. Kesi brooks October 28, 2016 / 3:52 am

    Movies night and crafts are a big hit with us at the weekend only time we can get the whole family

  22. Kelly Hemmings October 28, 2016 / 8:41 am

    Puzzles, drawing & painting…the park for getting some freash air, but ultimately your time.

  23. Beverley Cousins October 28, 2016 / 11:09 am

    Crafts are a big hit in our house, it’s a fun and fab way to get creative with the children

  24. sarah m October 28, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Perfect. I need to do these things way more often!

  25. Emma Fox October 28, 2016 / 11:34 am

    I normally convert some Tesco points for a day out during the holiday, make a picnic and then only pay for the petrol to get there 🙂

  26. laura jayne bates October 29, 2016 / 11:53 am

    We usually do craft and art things it seems to keep the kids entertained for hours,i stick a piece of wallpaper to the kitchen table so the plain side is showing and let them paint that

  27. emma walters October 30, 2016 / 7:10 am

    great ideas! kids don’t need a fortune spent on them to have fun 🙂

  28. Chrissie Curtis October 30, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Some greats tips and many of our favourites! We also like some very basic baking 🙂

  29. Laura Tovey October 30, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    Thank-you, I’m always on the look out for inexpensive things to do so will add a few of these to the list.

  30. Paul Wilson October 31, 2016 / 1:55 am

    Some good ideas there.

  31. Heather Haigh October 31, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Some great ideas – always good to get outside

  32. suzanna gentle November 1, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    I really loved this post and its given me some great ideas. My husband passed away 2 years ago and stupidly we hadn’t provided for that happening. Every penny now counts and this has really helped 🙂 We mainly take a lot of walks on Dartmoor. Its free and healthy fun. Lots of ponies and treks and spooky tales 🙂

  33. Kelly Ellen Hirst November 2, 2016 / 11:56 am

    Some fantastic and useful ideas here – great blog post

  34. kimberley ryan November 3, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    My little ones love nature walks, we usually print a few activity sheets out before we go, great fun

  35. Emma Walton November 3, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    It’s great time find inexpensive ways to keep the kids happy during the half term because days out are so expensive!

  36. Stephanie Coals November 4, 2016 / 12:04 am

    These are brilliant and definitely show that its not all about spending loads of money to keep the kids entertained!

  37. Amy Green November 4, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Days out are so expensive but once in a while is okay! We like to do crafts, go out on walks etc.

  38. michelle o'neill November 4, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    fantastic ideas x

  39. Emma Rawlinson November 5, 2016 / 10:26 am

    We love outdoor adventures but the weather has been rubbish for us recently! Indoor crafts have been a great time occupier 😉

  40. Char Keddy November 5, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    Lots of great ideas here! xx

  41. Tracey S Anderson November 5, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    Super tips here! Thank you for sharing, it has been very helpful x x

  42. A S,Edinburgh November 5, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    These are excellent ideas! There are lots of free colouring pages online to print if printing isn’t too expensive an option (I know it is for some people). Potentially they could be bundled together into inpromptu books as inexpensive gifts for children, too.

  43. Carly Belsey November 5, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Great ideas. I find getting the kids out in the fresh air really does help so if the weather is rubbish then get out when it stops raining, even if you are just in the garden for five minutes. It blows a few cobwebs away

  44. Susan B November 7, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    What a useful list. Such reminders are always helpful as costs can escalate during the school holidays.

  45. Sarah prescott November 8, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Some great ideas. We visited the V and A museum of childhood over half term and my daughter loved it.

  46. Kim Neville November 8, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    My kids love going to different parks and exploring so over the summer we visited a few. We like having a movie afternoon at the weekend with treats

  47. Jane Middleton November 8, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    Making things out of cardboard and colouring them is also great free activity.

  48. Pauline Dring November 8, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    If you are stuck indoors with little ones, making things out of junk is fun.Keep little boxes, pieces of string, milk bottle tops, netting from lemons, plastic packaging etc in readiness for a rainy afternoon.

  49. Anita Hargreaves November 8, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    My daughter loved going on a bear hunt up and down entries singing together, we did look daft

  50. Gill Mitchell November 8, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Thank you, some brilliant tips here that I will be making note of.

  51. Jo Hutchinson November 9, 2016 / 12:58 am

    great tips. Thank you

  52. Vicky Robinson November 9, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Good suggestions

  53. Anna Brown November 9, 2016 / 10:52 am

    I’m always trying to think up new ideas for entertaining the children for free or very little. Our favourite is getting out for walks in country parks, nature reserves etc. Fresh air, exercise and being surrounded by nature can’t be beaten.

  54. George Wright November 9, 2016 / 11:45 am

    Geocaching is a good option.

  55. paula cheadle November 9, 2016 / 11:51 am

    play games like hangman, hopscotch and papermache. I like playing the games with them

  56. Vicky Limerick November 9, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Brilliant tips for the winter months coming

  57. Sparklett21 November 9, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    Great ideas for the coming Winter months!

  58. Samantha Fernley November 9, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    We love nature walks and museums too. There are so many places that you can visit for free. We usually take a picnic too although it’s in the car in weather like this now.

  59. Tiffeny Brown November 9, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    Some great ideas here, will definitely be saving this post for next time I babysit 🙂 x

  60. Hayley Todd November 9, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    There are great ideas here, and we do all of them with our girls. We love going out for nature walks as we are very lucky to have some amazing woodlands, mountains and stunning scenery around where we live. We love crafting and always have a movie night during the week!

  61. Ann Nesbitt November 9, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Great ideas and i do a lot of these with my grandsons. It dosen’t have to work out expensive to keep the kiddies entertained!

  62. John Jewett November 9, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    I love taking my kids fishing, and they love it too

  63. Nicola Dow November 9, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    Great tip.Thanks for posting. Can be difficult trying to keep kids entertained especially during the holidays.

  64. Angela Treadway November 9, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    im gonna be using some of these. thanks x

  65. claire sen November 9, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    We always feel happier after having a walk in the nearby woods. It does give you a boost. My daughter finds so much amazement in things us adults just take for granted. Things don’t have to cost a lot to keep little ones entertained.

  66. sandy Ralph November 9, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    i love these and we lots of them too

  67. sarah rowland November 9, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    fab idea’s we always head out to our local beach or woodlands if the weather is good, take the bikes out with us kids love it

  68. jill dean November 9, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    Thanks for some fab ideas

  69. sharon martin November 9, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    FAB ideas, great blog post

  70. Annabel Greaves November 9, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Such good ideas and so practical and simple to do with the family xx

  71. Deborah Mackenzie November 9, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    I do not understand why parents have to continually pay to take kids out and about, or do things at home…. wasnt like this for us

  72. Laura Findlay November 9, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Some great ideas, thanks. I’m always looking for different things to do with my kids x

  73. Rebecca Roberts November 9, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Movie night sounds fantastic

  74. Cassandra Mayers November 9, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    We always go for walks, lately we have used what we have found outdoors for crafts 😀

  75. Jan November 10, 2016 / 12:04 am

    Keep the kids out of my hair

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