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:
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 Pinterest.com 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.
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 plusvouchercode.co.uk to get movies online at a reduced price.
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 eBay.co.uk.
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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