- Take all the cushions off the couch and chairs and build a fort with them.
- Make stilts out of cans and string.
- Make a telephone from paper cups and string.
- Play in the water sprinkler in the backyard.
- Make orange-sicles by pouring juice into ice cube trays, covering with plastic, and inserting toothpicks.
- Collect nature items from the yard (sticks, pebbles, leaves, flowers) and glue them on an old tissue box or cigar box.
- Make tree bark rubbings with paper and the side edge of a crayon.
- Tape one end three long strings together to a table and learn to make braids.
- Make a long paper chain by cutting paper into strips and gluing them into looped circles.
- Have an alphabet scavenger hunt and find 26 things in the house that start with each of the letters.
- Cut food pictures from old magazines, glue on paper, attach pages with brads, and make a pretend cookbook.
- Make necklaces with dry elbow macaroni and yarn.
- Create a chart of squares and track reading to 100 books by coloring in each square.
- Spread a blanket on the floor and have an indoor picnic for lunch.
- Paint a shaded patio with water and a paintbrush.
- Put a large bed sheet over the kitchen table to create a clubhouse.
- If all else fails, tell them you'll play hide and seek with them, and tell them to hide until you find them. Then go have a cup of coffee and relax in peace for a few minutes.
Cheap Ways to Survive Summer with Kids
When school is out, parents often hear "I'm bored!" from their school-age kids. Here are some tried-and-true ways they can keep busy with old-fashioned fun without spending tons of your money.