Make sure your kids have fun without breaking the bank. Our creative staff have come up with this list of easy, budget-minded activities you can use with kids of all ages.
Best Homemade Bubble Solution
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons light Karo syrup or 2 tablespoons glycerin
- 4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
- Mix together and have fun!
Homemade Colored Bubbles
- 1 cup granulated soap or soap powder
- 1 quart warm water
- Liquid food coloring
- Plastic straws
- Small juice cans or plastic containers
- Dissolve soap in warm water. Stir in food coloring until desired color is attained. Give each child a can about 1/3 full of mix and a plastic straw to blow the bubbles.
Fancy Homemade Bubbles
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons liquid detergent
- 1 tablespoon glycerin
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Mix all ingredients together until sugar dissolves. Enjoy!
You can make your own bubble blowers by taping several straws together. Plastic bottles can be used as by making a hole in the bottom edge and dipping the top into bubbles and allow children to blow through the hole. You can also cut the bottom of a plastic bottle and then blow through the top.
- Add 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cornstarch to each section of the container.
- Add a little less than 1/4 cup of cold water to each section.
- Add just a little at a time, so you don’t over do it. Whisk until the cornstarch has completely dissolved. If you’ve played with cornstarch and water before, you’ll know that it has an interesting quality, and can turn from liquid to solid and back again depending on how much you handle it.
- You want your paint to be thick enough that it drizzles from the whisk.
- Add your food coloring or washable paint and stir well.
- Use various paint brushes or rollers to write on sidewalks.
- Note: The corn starch will settle a bit as the paint sits, so give the paints a good stir and have fun.
Home made Ice Cream in a Baggie
- 1 ½ Cup Half and Half
- ½ Cup Rock Salt
- 1 Tbl.Sugar
- 3 Cups Ice
- ¼ tsp Vanilla
- 1 Gallon Size Ziplock Bag and
- 1 Pint Size Ziplock Bag
- Put the half and half, sugar, and vanilla in the smaller ziplock bag and seal (Make sure it’s tight!). Put the ice and rock salt in the larger bag and then add the filled smaller bag. Seal the large bag. Squeeze bag until ice cream is thickened, about 10-15 minutes. Remove small bag, unseal, and eat with spoon.
Fun With Ping Pong Balls
- Ping Pong Balls
- Something to fish with (Shovel, Bug Net, Strainer, Spoons, etc)
- Water (Tub, Pool, Bathtub, Water Table, etc.)
- Fill your designated container with water and drop in a few Ping Pong balls.
- The more the merrier in respect to the Ping Pong balls is especially true for this activity. Give each child fishing gear of choice. See how many Ping Pong balls they can catch. Have them count them with you.
- If the children are capable, challenge them to catch a particular number of
- Ping Pong balls. If you happen to have different colors of Ping Pong balls have them catch balls of a certain color.
- When using the white balls focus on making ita counting activity. For the younger children, it’s great hand-eye coordination just for them to catch the Ping Pong balls and throw them back in the water.
Soak a bunch of T-shirts in water, place them in plastic bags, and then stick them in the freezer overnight. The next day, hold a race to see who can “defrost” and pull on a frozen T-shirt the quick. This is a great choice to play on a sweltering day—you’ll want to keep the chilly T-shirt on even after the race is over!
Edible Finger Paint
- 2 Tbl. Sugar
- 1/3 C. Flour
- 2 C. Water
- Mix together in a pan and cook on medium heat, stir consistently with a whisk until mixture has thickened. Separate into cups and add food coloring.
Ice Cube Painting
Add food color with water in ice trays. Use Popsicle sticks for handles and freeze. Allow children to paint outside on paper. You can also freeze the sidewalk chalk in the same manner.