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10 Inexpensive Activities for All Ages

Now that Summer is winding down, the kids have reached the ultimate level of “I’m bored.” Since we have 8 kids at any given time ranging in ages from 3 to 20, I put together a list of fun, inexpensive activities for everyone to enjoy of any age or gender. If you have any to add, please do so in the comments. Enjoy!

1. Make rock candy
It is so easy! I found the glass jars at the Dollar Tree and bamboo skewers ($1 for a pack of 50) and clothes pins.
http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/rockcandy.php

2. Homemade Chia Pets!
I got almost everything at the Dollar Tree, including the googly-eyes. The grass seed came from Wal-Mart.
http://www.craftsunleashed.com/kids-stuff/how-to-make-your-own-chia-pet-2/

3. Make a hula-hoop rug!
We got the hula-hoops at the Dollar Tree and used old t-shirts. The kids loved this!
http://spoonful.com/crafts/hula-hoop-rug

4. Tie-Dye Party.
The whole kit was 14.99 at Wal-Mart. We used shirts we already had, ones with stains that we never wear, but now they have a new life!
td

5. Hand Painted Tic-Tac-Toe
I found this on Pinterest. Such a cute idea!
32-Of-The-Best-DIY-Backyard-Games-You-Will-Ever-Play326. Camp on the Tramp!
We put a tent up on top of the trampoline, made a campfire in the BBQ grill, made s’mores, and told ghost stories. The kids loved camping out on the trampoline.
tramp7. Most of you have seen the kids spy game idea. We put it up and the kids absolutely loved it. I went through it and it was so difficult, but so fun!
spy8. Wax paper “stained glass”
I got a huge pack of knock-off Sharpies in awesome colors from HEB for $4.99. This kept the kids entertained for hours.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Faux-Stain-Glass/

9. Coffee Can Lanterns
I save my coffee cans in case I ever need them for a project. We let the younger kids map out their pattern on paper and let the older kids nail the holes. Everybody got to spray paint their coffee can. They came out awesome!
http://www.designsponge.com/2010/07/diy-project-karens-coffee-can-lanterns.html

10. Recycled Bird Feeder Mobile
This was enjoyable for everyone and they all got to be original in their ideas, plus we got to do some awesome bird watching as a result!
http://babbledabbledo.com/science-design-for-kids-recycled-bird-feeder-mobile/

 

**For all you local New Braunfels, Texas Moms**
McKenna Childrens Museum is perfect for every age and they are having an awesome Space Exhibit right now. You can get half price tickets on Groupon – 4 for $15!

Don’t forget the Train Museum. My kids love going there!
train
I hope you enjoy this list and please add anything you can think of!

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I'm a forty-something river goddess, music enthusiast, campground manager, wife, momma to nine, and doting grandmother to four... Mostly, I'm just a gal that has a lot to say.

3 thoughts on “10 Inexpensive Activities for All Ages

  1. Absolutely! We spend a lot of time on both rivers, swimming, kayaking, rafting, toobing, rope swings, etc. We also love to camp out, go to parks, ride bikes, roller skate, sskate-boards, and scooters. We go on hikes at Landa Park and early evening scavenger hunts!

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