One of the benefits of making our homes more inviting and comfortable is they become more enjoyable to stay in. But for those of us with children, we must get them to go outside and off those screens sometimes.
It can be difficult to develop new activities to entice the kids to get outside, but for those with backyards or access to a public park, there are myriad ways to make it fun while staying budget-friendly.
Here are 5 budget-friendly backyard activities for kids:
1. Chalk and Chalkboard
If you don’t have any available cement, you can make a very inexpensive chalkboard out of a large thrift framed picture or poster frame. (we prefer it to be on a canvas or plastic and not behind glass if you have little ones). Paint the whole thing with chalkboard paint or make your own from recipes like these and then grab some dollar store chalk and let your young Picasso work his magic.
2. Water Works
Dollar store water balloons and water guns aren’t the only water toys you can use on a budget. Playing catch with sopping sponges will certainly stir up giggles and cool down those little bodies. Various buckets, bins, strainers, and other kitchen gear can be used to create a water “kitchen” with endless imaginative possibilities. Just remember, never leave young children alone, especially when water is involved.
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3. Pool Noodle Play
Those pool noodles in the dollar store can be transformed into several fun outdoor activities. Using two dowels that fit inside the center of the noodle, place them in the ground a few feet apart and sticking up just enough to insert the noodles into each side and create large “wickets” to kick balls through. Add to those some pool noodle circles and create an obstacle course. Simply duct tape those noodles ends together, and voila!
4. Big Bubbles
Bubbles are always a must on the summer fun list, but how about super big bubbles? This recipe and directions for big bubble wands and bubble solutions will wow your kids all summer long!
5. Fairy Houses
Challenge your kids to create a little fairy home somewhere in your yard using some random craft supplies or just the natural items they can find. Start with an old box or milk container, and with just a little glue and lots of imagination, they will create something that will amaze you! Check out this page for some fun inspiration. (If some of your kids balk at the idea of a fairy home, perhaps a troll or sprite home will sound more appealing ).
Summer fun can be found with a few inexpensive items and some extra imagination. The internet is full of even more ideas to keep boredom at bay! Just a few supplies, and your backyard (or public park), your kids (and Mom too!) can enjoy those long summer days and the fun memories that come with them.