Cheap and Creative Ways You Can Keep Your Kids Busy


A list of 33 fun, cheap (yes under $10) things to do with your kids this summer. Enjoy.

1 Pom Poms Through a Tube

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Pom Poms Through a Tube: Keep toddlers busy with these hands-on activities. (via Teaching Mama)

2 Sugar Writing Tray

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Sugar Writing Tray (via Hello Bee)

3 Marble Bowling Game

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Marble Bowling Game: DIY Marble Bowling with Pencil Eraser Pins Last spring, we sold our home and moved into a larger home, which we actually purchased from friends. Their kids are older than ours, and so as they cleaned out items and packed, they ended up leaving behind a few things for the boys, including the game room…Read More (via Frugal Fun for Boys)

4 Balloon Rockets

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Balloon Rockets: Make balloon rockets to learn about air pressure, action & reaction, and more. Simple science fun for kids. (via Discover Explore Learn)

5 Fun Water Games for Kids

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Fun Water Games for Kids (via Mamas Like Me)

6 Exploding Sidewalk Chalk

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Exploding Sidewalk Chalk (via Growing a Jeweled Rose)

7 Make Your Own Homemade Sprinkler

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Make Your Own Homemade Sprinkler (via Activities for Children and Teens)

8 Cardboard Slide

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Cardboard Slide (via The Contemplative Creative)

9 Sticky Spider Web

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Sticky Spider Web: Spider webs are common to Halloween, but this sticky spider web activity can be played all year long. It’s a fun challenge to get kids moving! (via hands: on as we grow)

10 Painting on Wet Glue

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Painting on Wet Glue (via Housing a Forest)

11 Extracting DNA from Strawberries

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Extracting DNA from Strawberries: A super fun experiment we found on KidScienceApp is extracting DNA from strawberries. DNA is the blueprint for all organisms. It can be found in the nucleus (via The Homeschool Scientist)

12 Alien Bubbles

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Alien Bubbles: We took dry ice and made bubbles. It was super easy all you need is Dry Ice, an empty container with a tight fitting lid, a tube, a funnel, duct tape, bubble solution and a container to put it in. And you can make these amazing bubbles You just put the funnel in the bubble (via Familylicious)

13 Sponge Tower Jenga

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Sponge Tower Jenga (via What do you do all day?)

14 Throwing Tarp

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Throwing Tarp (via Guru to The Outdoors)

15 Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting

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Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting: In my home, I have a closet of kids art and activity supplies, and when I am looking for ideas, I sometimes just go and look inside and see what inspires me. Today, I noticed some easel paper and bubble wrap. We have had lots of fun…Read More (via Mess for Less)

16 Sandpaper Printed T-Shirt

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Sandpaper Printed T-Shirt: This is a super simple sandpaper printing technique that will keep your kids busy crafting and make one cute shirt. (via Alpha Mom)

17 Shape Sorter

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Shape Sorter: I love these soft 3-D shapes from Michaels. I knew these would be perfect to share for this weeks Toddler activity! There are two shapes (cubes and cylinders) and were only $1 per bag. I bought 3 bags with 50 in each bag. The kids love playing with them because they are soft and a (via Teaching Mama)

18 Balloon Ping Pong

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Balloon Ping Pong (via Keeping It Simple)

19 The Popcorn Olympics

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The Popcorn Olympics: The Popcorn Olympics is such a fun activity for kids! My kids had a blast playing the different games and it was so simple and quick to put together! (via Or so she says…)

20 Soap Clouds

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Soap Clouds (via Our Best Bites)

21 Escape the Volcano Shape Game

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Escape the Volcano Shape Game (via Toddler Approved!)

22 Fun Out of Yarn: Laser Security System

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Fun Out of Yarn: Laser Security System: This is an awesome and inexpensive idea for some kid fun! The article describes taping the yarn to either side, but I think that would be too weak and time consuming. Just take red yarn and wrap it through and around everything you can find at different heights! This could be an awesome indoor fun [] (via Ellis Benus)

23 Bubble Recipe

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Bubble Recipe: Well, we are slowly gearing up to Summer.. and thought it was about time we had a go at making and testing some Bubble Recipes. The kids love love love blowing bubbles. And invariably some of the bubble mixture always lands on the floor to much tears and commotion. I thought it was about time (via Red Ted Art)

24 Paper Plate Frisbees

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Paper Plate Frisbees: Summer is here and the kids are outside more and more. Whether its summer camp, playing in the park or just hanging out in the neighborhood, outdoors is where its at! This is a fun project that can be made (outside if you want to!) easily and with little supervision. When done, have fun tossing Read More (via Crafts by Amanda)

25 Rainbow Bubble Snakes

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Rainbow Bubble Snakes (via Housing a Forest)

26 Water Marbles

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Water Marbles (via Just Another Day in Paradise)

27 Tape off a track on the floor for car play

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Tape off a track on the floor for car play (via Play At Home Mom)

28 Backyard Game Board

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Backyard Game Board: Summer is around the corner and fun kid activities and boredom busters come always handy! Today I’m bringing back one of our favorite family activities. This backyard board game is so much fun and kids of all ages love it! Ready to see it? Here we go! Among all of the hundreds of things that I… (via The 36th Avenue)

29 Camp-In

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Camp-In: We have a child-sized tent (purchased at Wal-Mart a couple of years ago) and I made a play campfire for my children to add a little more excitement to the pretend play experience. My son put on his camouflage uniform (he likes to dress up like daddy sometimes) and we set up his sleeping bag (via The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide)

30 Tapestree Creative Sewing Table Using Burlap

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Tapestree Creative Sewing Table Using Burlap: I finally made it!! We now have our own tapestry table at the preschool. I have long been admiring the one I first read about at Amie’s Sewing School. The beautiful one she has at her school was not only… (via Kleas)

31 With some pipe cleaners and a colander will also keep toddlers occupied

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With some pipe cleaners and a colander will also keep toddlers occupied (via No One Has More Fun!)

32 Color Matching Game

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Color Matching Game: Today Im sharing an easy activity for teaching colors. I was noticing the other day that my youngest (22 months) kept calling everything green. I know hes still young, but I thought I would just try an activity to introduce him to some colors. For this activity, I used a plastic tray (from The Dollar (via Teaching Mama)

33 Walking on Pillows

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Walking on Pillows: I’m almost embarrassed to post this gross motor activity. it seems too simple to warrant a post. But with that said, it was super duper fun and had George moving all morning long! And its perfect for those days you’re stuck indoors, when its cold or rainy. (Hey, its Iowa here and spring has taken a long (via hands: on as we grow)

34 Pool Noodle Backyard Obstacle Course

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Pool Noodle Backyard Obstacle Course (via Learn Play Imagine)

35 Marble Racetrack
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Marble Racetrack: Hi! I’m Amy from Serving Pink Lemonade . My sister Jeanine and I created our little corner of the blogging world to share some of the fun things we do with our kids to keep them busy and happy. At… (via Homespun-Threads)