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How to Keep your Children Entertained while on a Budget

Updated on August 16, 2010

We all know kids have a minuscule attention span. They’ll hop from one activity to the next in the blink of an eye, but they act as if an entire year has passed. Next thing you know your stomach sinks as the very dreaded, “I’m bored!” whine comes out.

Let’s stop that from happening so often and not break your budget.

Here are some active games for kids to keep your children entertained without sacrificing yourself financially.

Craft Activities for Kids

Pick up some Extra Notebooks and Crayons on sale

Pre-schoolers and young children love to do art. Having a ready supply of crayons, paper, glue and glitter for projects will keep your children busy.

What’s the best time to build your supplies?  Back to school season! Of course

It doesn’t come any cheaper than twenty five cent crayon boxes and ten cent notebooks. Keep a toy box full of extra school supplies. Being free to pull out brand new boxes of crayons or markers keeps this entertaining childhood activity attention-grabbing and fresh. Toss in a pair of scissors even a hole-puncher and you’ll certainly double the time they will spend doing this activity.

Family Fun Night

Schedule a Family Fun Night.

All kids are competitive by nature even adults give yourselves an outlet. Younger children, in particular, love playing games not typically meant for them.  They feel more important and will focus more on doing well in the game, keeping them engaged as long as you have time for the game. Board games are comparatively cheap, but don’t underestimate the even more affordable card games!

Family Card Games

Take Advantage of Promotions - Kids eat Free.

Let’s be honest businesses are looking to find ways to get you in their doors, some are resorting to promotions like kids eat free. This is not an activity that’s associated with saving money.  However, there are restaurants offering free kids meals with the purchase of an adult meal during certain days of the week.  Do some research on your local restaurants and find out when these promotions are offered and plan your dining adventures accordingly.

Support Community Events and look to Community Calendars

Even in small communities there are constantly new events that are being put on by local organizations. Grab a community calendar and keep your eye out for events that will interest your children. From parades, carnivals to story time at the library; there is always something to do. So take advantage!

Allow your Child access to the Computer

Kids know and love computers. Assigning them a specific amount of time when they can use your computer will allow them to focus. Not only are there affordable games that you can buy online but there are plenty of websites that offer hours of fun and engaging activities. You can find out the web addresses from their favorite TV shows. These always offer great kid-friendly content.

Give them Responsibility of family pet

Have your kid choose their favorite thing to do for your pet and make it their responsibility.  By letting them choose what they do helps them maintain the need to do it.  Even if it’s just taking them for a walk or petting them, it’s time spent by your child on something that’s not only cheap, but useful.

Find Outdoor Activities for kids - Be active with your kids!

Kids love to do different things. They like it even more when you do it with them. Get the kids out of the house for a little bit every day.  Walk over to local parks (visit a park-a-day). Kick around a soccer ball; even if you don’t know what you’re doing. Go on a walk through a local conservation park or trail. Be open to new ideas and you will discover a wide world of fun and free outdoor activities.


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      Shawn McCconnell 7 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      It's all about engaging them...

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      djbraman 7 years ago

      This is some great suggestions, I have two grandchildren and it doesn't take long for them to become bored, and you give such simple but great ideas!