9 Activities Under $10 that Keep Kids Busy for Hours | Miki's Hope

9 Activities Under $10 that Keep Kids Busy for Hours

Monday, September 8, 2014

I don't know about you, but the words "I'm bored!" make me literally cringe. First, those words are usually spoken when I am in the middle of doing something important. Second, with all the toys and games in their rooms they have absolutely no reason to be bored. I do not want moping faces all day, but I don't want to have to spend a fortune to keep everyone entertained either. After all, I have my eye on a slate water wall that I totally deserve. I have been lucky enough to find a few of them online from stores like Soothing Walls. Needless to say, through the years I have found a lot of creative ways to keep them busy without denting my wallet.

1. Create a massive board game on the deck or sidewalk using tape. Use chalk to write in the boxes so every couple weeks you can wash it, and add new activities. Include plenty of active tasks, like jumping jacks and jumping rope to burn some of that energy. All you need is dice and objects to use as playing pieces.

2. Use chalk to create a big bull's eye on the driveway or sidewalk. They can use sponges to see who can get closest to the bull's eye.

3. Buy a bulk supply of sponges from a $1 store in different colors. Cut them into strips so they can build houses, towers, etc.

4. While you are at the store buying those sponges, get a bag of colorful pipe cleaners, too. Turn a colander upside down and toddlers will have fun for hours creating a masterpiece by sticking the pipe cleaners in the holes.

5. Put up the tent in the backyard. Playing games or reading is just more fun when it is done inside a tent. You can even pack them a picnic to take out there.

6. Use yarn to create a maze of lines across a room or hallway. It will be similar to red laser beams a thief might have to climb through without touching to get to a coveted art piece. You've probably seen one in a movie at some point. One huge trap should keep them busy for a while.

7. Turn your kitchen table into a ping pong table. Glue or tape paper plates to Popsicle sticks for paddles and use a balloon as a ball.

8. Use chairs, buckets, pool noodles, boxes, etc., to create an obstacle course in the backyard.

9. Create a network of roads for toy cars on the carpet using tape.

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Rebecca Swenor said...

These are some great ideas to keep lil ones busy. I sometimes watch my niece and nephew who are little so I will have to bookmark this one. Thanks for sharing.

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