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This List of Creative and Cheap Kids’ Activities Will Make Your Life Easier

This List of Creative and Cheap Kids’ Activities Will Make Your Life Easier
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Keeping your kids entertained can end up taking more time and money than you have available. This list of 40 kids’ activities is easy on your budget and schedule, but encourages creative play for your children — and you!

1. Create a simple indoor “house” with a length of fabric and a few tension rods.

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    2. Put together a story bag from items you already have, then take turns pulling one out and telling a story based on what you get from the bag. (Or tell one long, connected story together!)

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      3. Teach your child how to finger knit (great for travel or rainy, cold days).

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        4. Or get them started on embroidery with felt, an embroidery hoop and thread, and a large, blunt needle.

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          5. Do a giant dot-to-dot puzzle. It doesn’t have to make a picture. Just use butcher’s paper, wrapping paper, or a disposable tablecloth, draw out dots, and number each one.

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            6. Build a simple, homemade catapult together and then do some target practice, indoor or out.

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              7. Get a garden hose and some PVC pipe and put together a ride-through bike (or scooter or tricycle) wash in the driveway.

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                8. Can’t get outside? Set up a mini, indoor car wash for toy cars inside. All you need are a pan or bowl, water, bubbles, and a few towels nearby.

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                  9. Make cool, custom designed t-shirts together out of old shirts and school glue.

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                    10. Go on a nature scavenger hunt. Make a list that works with the season. You don’t have to hide anything! Just go and find.

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                      11. Kids will love this balloon dart board.

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                        12. Let your kids get messy with squirt gun painting.

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                          13. Have a sandbox? Hide a few items in it (coins, shells, small toys) and then sit back while your kids dig for buried treasure.

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                            14. For indoor fun, gather up pipe cleaners and make cute critters, like this guy:

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                              15. Make an outdoor “river” with a roll of foil and some water. Kids can send their boats and small toys floating down. Make two shorter rivers for river races.

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                                16. Help kids make their own boats for the river! Use egg cartons for the ships and paper for the sails.

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                                  17. Use painter’s tape to create a maze on the floor for cars, trains, or just kids.

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                                    18. Go for a nature walk. Take along a magnifying glass and a sketchbook. Gather up interesting leaves, twigs, and rocks to bring home.

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                                      19. Use some of those leaves you gathered to make a leaf collage.

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                                        20. Then let them paint the rocks you collected on your walk.

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                                          21. Go on a picnic for dinner, or make it a picnic brunch on the weekend.

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                                            22. Let your kids use marshmallows and toothpicks to build cool structures.

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                                              23. A glow-in-the-dark bath time! Are you kidding me? How simple is this: non-toxic highlighters and water for hours of awesome.

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                                                24. Have a big cardboard box in the garage? Dust it off and transform it into an awesome fort or playhouse.

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                                                  25. Pick up a few packs of cheap sponges at the store, cut into strips, and have a tower building contest.

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                                                    26. Help your kids set up a post office. Then they can create and can send letters, flyers, and all sorts of mail to each other.

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                                                      27. Send them on a nature color hunt in the backyard. Paint the inside of an ice tray or old egg carton with different colors for a color list and carrying tray.

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                                                        28. Make finger paint with simple ingredients you probably already have, then get out of the way and let the art happen.

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                                                          29. Get out glue, fabric scraps, and any paper and craft supplies you have. Add in a few cut-out photos of your child. Collages are good for any skill level.

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                                                            30. More than one child to entertain? It’s group collage time.

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                                                              31. Kids old enough to safely use scissors can turn a pile of empty cardboard boxes and containers into a city.

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                                                                32. Puppet shows are fun, but not everybody has the space for a puppet theatre. Help them set up a tiny version with a couple of handkerchiefs, let the kids make puppets out of paper or craft sticks, and then they can create show after show.

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                                                                  33. Make a set of these “Get Up and Move” dice to encourage physical activity. Once they’re made, kids can play with them anytime.

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                                                                    34. On a warm day, set up a tub of water, some empty containers, brushes, sponges, and spoons for fun and easy water play. 

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                                                                      35. Younger kids love activities that allow them to work on those fine motor skills. Sorting pom poms and using tweezer, tongs, or spoons to move them around is great for learning and play.

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                                                                        36. Kids can decorate their own drum set, then put on a concert.

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                                                                          37. Pull out the Legos for a marble maze. Multiple kids? Each one can create a maze, then race to get the marble through.

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                                                                            38. This cool, easy bubble blower requires only an empty cardboard tube and some dish soap.

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                                                                              39. If you have bits of fabric and ribbon around, this simple weaving set-up will let your child have lots of creative time with no extra expense.

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                                                                                40. Gather up some play dough and blocks so kids can “lay bricks” and build roads and towns.

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                                                                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                                                                  Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                                                  By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                                                  Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                                                  83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                                                    84 write random letter

                                                                                      85 use a rubberband

                                                                                        86 dorm smell bad

                                                                                          87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                                                            89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                                                              90 take a picture of the name card

                                                                                                91 iron inside out

                                                                                                  92 old newspaper

                                                                                                    93 tumble try shoes

                                                                                                      keep a card like this

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                                                                                                          94 soap bar

                                                                                                            95 make a hole

                                                                                                              96 drop the battery

                                                                                                                97 use a coozie

                                                                                                                  98 when taking a picture

                                                                                                                    use a clean dust pan

                                                                                                                      try a pants hanger

                                                                                                                        use your cellphone light

                                                                                                                          use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                                                            quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                                                              user binder clips

                                                                                                                                wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                                                  put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                                                    clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                                                      use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                                                        doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                                                          use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                                                            use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                                                              freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                                                                use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                                                  almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                                                    sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                                                      unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                                                        cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                                                          remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                                                            turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                                                              for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                                                                how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                                                  tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                                                    place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                                                      ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                                                        use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                                                          take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                                                            how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                                                              put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                                                                How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                                                  user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                                                    good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                                                      turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                                                        50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                                                          the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                                                            add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                                                                hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                                                  stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                                                    the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                                                      how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                                                        the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                                                            to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                                                              user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                                                                a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    use a soda pop tab

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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