Are you already fearing the summer time boredom blues? The Summer months can be a fun time, but it can also get kids in a bit of a rut. If you are looking for ways to keep kids occupied this summer without spending a lot of money, you can in fact keep them active, occupied, and keep those imaginations going! Here are 7 Frugal Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer:
7 Frugal Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer
1. Create a sidewalk chalk art show.
Get out the sidewalk chalk (a buck a box at most dollar stores) and let the kids choose a space they wish to decorate. Let them really get into it creating murals and sketches, and then host an art show. Invite neighbors to come and see the artwork, while sipping on lemonade and cookies.
2. Hold a bike wash.
Get out the buckets, rags, and soap and hold a neighborhood bike wash. You can even let kids run their bikes through the sprinklers if you wish. Give kids the chance to get those dirty bikes shining like new while working together at the same time.
3. Go on a nature themed scavenger hunt.
Create a list of random objects and have children go on a scavenger hunt for them. (I have a free printable Nature Scavenger Hunt, here.) Choose items easily found in nature such as rocks, bird feathers, a flower, a leaf, etc. This will allow them to get outdoors and get active while also enjoying some competitive fun.
4. Volunteer together.
Local animal rescues and food pantries can always use a hand. Get out and get active with one that interests you. It is a great way for kids to give back to their community while enjoying some time together as a family. You might even decide to continue volunteering after summer is over.
5. Create an indoor drive in.
Give each child a box to decorate as a car or vehicle of their choice. Then, put a movie on and provide plenty of snacks. Allow children to “park” their cars and watch the movie just like they are at a real life drive in. They will love it!
6. Host a field day.
Host a field day of outside games and activities. They don’t have to be difficult or pricey options, just try ones like hula hooping, sack races, face painting, and ball games. Kids are sure to enjoy the atmosphere, friendly competition, and fun!
7. Make your own kites.
There are so many kite tutorials online from the simple to the extravagant! Make your own kites and then take them for a spin. You can even give out awards for the most creative, highest flying, etc. How fun does that sound?
Summer doesn’t have to drag or cost big bucks either. Give these tips a try and you are sure to entertain your kids for less.