Title: Fun with Children: Making Memories on a Budget
Author: Nicole Dean
What childhood memories do you hold dear? For me, it was all the times "life happened". The little things like playing outside, riding my bike with the wind in my hair, playing at the park, swimming in the lakes, giggling with friends.
None of those moments cost a cent, yet they are some of my most treasured memories. Making memories on a budget is very easy to do. Choose any of the ideas below and you'll have a fun-filled time without breaking the bank!
Snip-it - Give your child old toy catalogs or magazines and safe scissors. Watch them cut all day.
Diggin' It - Send your child outside with a bucket and small shovel. Shoveling snow, sand, dirt or rocks -- it's all good fun.
Sing - Turn up the radio and sing! Teach your child the music of the 70s, 80s, or 90s.
Play Catch - Throw different items (balloons, tennis balls) to your child. Roll balls to young children.
Sidewalk Chalk - Lay on the sidewalk and take turns outlining each other. Decorate your flat selves.
Cardboard Boxes - Make towers, build cities, design play houses, airplanes, trains, forts and more!
Bubbles - Blow Bubbles. Take turns chasing and popping them.
Masks - Create Masks from Paper bags, paper plates, foam, or anything on hand.
Office - Give your child Junk Mail, stickers, a calculator and pen -- they'll have their own office!
Cooking - Find age-appropriate recipes and let your child help in the kitchen.
Be sure to print out this list and keep it handy for the next time your children say "MOMMMMMM -- we're bored!"
About the author: Nicole Dean is a mom whose life centers around exposing her children to all the wonders of the world. She is the owner of http://www.showmomthemoney.com - a fun site for Moms and Work at Home Moms!