How to have fun with your family on a tight budget

You don’t need a lot of money to entertain your kids today. Why not try these fun activities that everyone in your family will love?

Be creative with beads

Children love pearls. Buy a bag of matching beads at a craft store and let your kids sort the beads by shape and color. They can thread larger beads to a lace and smaller beads to an elastic cord. You can also buy a book on beading or go to your local library to find books on beading to help your child with original ideas. Remember to always watch the beading if young children are participating, as they can easily swallow and choke on the beads.

Draw, paint and tell stories

Let your child draw whatever he wants. Encourage her to tell you stories in her photos. You can then write the stories alongside their pictures, creating their own creative storybook.

Play dress up

It’s not just girls who like to dress in mom’s clothes – boys like to wear daddy’s clothes just as much. Don’t forget about accessories such as earrings, hats, belts, handbags and sunglasses. Your kids can pretend to be the parents, and you can have fun pretending to be the kid.

Go on a treasure hunt

Children of all ages love scavenger hunts. Start by drawing a map for your children to follow to find clues. Draw pictures on the card for young children who are not able to read clues or written instructions. Hide all kinds of objects (fun stuff) around the house and garden. Challenge your child to find as many hidden treasures as possible.

Explore Mother Nature

Give your little explorer a magnifying glass and go on an outdoor insect hunt together. Let him lift stones, dig holes and search the environment to find communities of bugs and bugs. Encourage your child to look closely at the insects to tell you what he sees or draw pictures of what he has found.

Plant something

Creating a pretty garden is something the whole family can get involved in and can be a lot of fun. Find a suitable spot in your garden and get to work with your child. Be sure to use potting soil suitable for children, as many mixtures contain fertilizers that are unsafe if consumed. Also make sure the plants are child friendly. A good choice to consider is everyday herbs as they are edible, and some are very aromatic or have colorful flowers. Good choices are spearmint, fennel, parsley, chives, basil, lettuce, carrots, primrose, daisies, pansies, petunias and lavender. Place the plants so that you spell a word or your child’s name.

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