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Have you been looking for ways to fill time with your young kids? Maybe you’re a stay at home mom and your kids aren’t in school yet. Or maybe your kiddo has a preschool vacation coming up. Whatever the reason, it can be so much fun to spend time with our young children! While it can be lots of fun to take our kids on outings, going to children’s museums, swimming, out for treats or to the zoo, sometimes these outings can get expensive.
We’ve put together a list of some fun ideas of things you can do with your little ones for less than $5. Most of these activities can be done with things around the house or a quick trip to the dollar store. Read on to see what new fun things you can do with your kids 5 and younger for under $5.
1. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are so much fun and there are a couple of ways you can do them. For a great way to spend a rainy day, make up a list of items your kiddo can find around the house, it’s a good idea to put pictures on the list if your child can’t read yet. Then give them a bag or bucket and let them go to town! If it’s a nice day, you could also make a list of nature items to find and go for a nice walk, or make a list of other things you would see on a walk and make it a photo scavenger hunt.
2. Check your local library
Most libraries have programs for kids like story, and arts and crafts times. It’s also great to just go to the library regularly to pick out new books to read. Reading to your kids is so important and it’s always fun to try out new, fresh stories!
3. Junk art
Open-ended arts and crafts projects are a great way to expand your kiddos imagination! Junk art sounds like a funny name, but the basic idea is to gather up a bunch of random things (think recyclables like bottle caps, string, paper or fabric scraps, etc.), a base (paper, cardboard, etc.) and some glue or tape and let your kids go to town. This type of art, that focuses on the process of creating instead of the end product gives your kids the chance to be as creative as they want and it’s really fun!
4. Bubbles and chalk
The dollar store is a great place to get both bubbles and chalk and there are so many things you can do with both. Teaching your kids to blow bubbles is great for their facial muscles and encouraging them to chase the bubbles is great for their leg and arm muscles and kids just love doing both. With chalk you can draw fun pictures, practice writing or play hopscotch!
5. Make playdough
Playdough is a great way to fill time with kids! Making the playdough together is a really good way to get your kids into the kitchen and learning to cook. Pounding, sculpting and squishing the playdough is also a great sensory experience and many kids will gladly play with dough for a very long time!
What’s your favorite way to fill the time with your little ones?