I often have a hard time when thinking about how to have fun with kids on a budget. It’s getting harder to find worthwhile things to keep them entertained. While it’s nice to get them outdoors and active, signing kids up for team sports or music or art activities, can add to an already slim budget.
Fun and Affordable Things To Do To Have Fun With Kids on a Budget
1. Random Acts of Kindness
Teach your kids that not everything involves spending money and people can do things out of the kindness of their hearts.
– Bake some cookies and bring them to a nursing home.
– Volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
– Help a neighbour to clean up the garage.
Acts of kindness cost very little but have a huge payout that sparks happiness and a sense of personal growth in your child.
2. Nature Scavenger Hunt
Go for a hike at a local park and create a list of items that your child has to be on the look for. Things like acorns, a maple leaf, squirrels, birds or anything you can think of. The first child to find everything gets to pick where everyone goes afterward such as ice cream or hot chocolate.
You can even find some cool printables online you can use for your own nature scavenger hunt.
3. Recycled Inventions
This is great if you have some creative geniuses in your home. Pick something out from the recycling bin for your kids to transform into something useful. Things like turning milk containers into bird feeders or turning boxes into forts will teach kids about sustainability while they have a great time.
4. Design A Graphic Novel Or Comic Strip
You don’t have to be an artist for this one. Sometimes the crude drawings make the comic more interesting. Brainstorm some story ideas and characters with your kis. If they’re too young to write, you can fill in the captions for them. It’s a great activity to have fun with kids on a budget.
5. Weekly Library Trips
Once a week, go to the library and let everyone in your family pick a book for them. Libraries here have great study sections, children’s sections, and a room where you can watch movies. They often organize interesting lectures you and your kids will definitely enjoy.
And at home, you can organize your own family book club where you can all discuss a book you’ve read. Of course, you will have to read children’s books, but that can be fun too!
There are so many other activities you can take part in with your child that isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg. Simply taking them to the park and throwing a ball around can be fun as well.
Tell your kid stories about when you were their age and their attention span will move from their phone to you.
See, there are so many things you can do to have fun with kids on a budget. What is your favorite budget activity?