What are some fun activities/crafts for your kids that aren't too expensive?

Amber Campbell- - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




I am trying to find some fun new things to do with my 2 1/2 year old but don't cost a lot of money. Any ideas???


Kelli - posted on 05/29/2009




I take mine to the parks, the museum, and to the library sometimes. Those are free usually. At the library here where I live they have reading time for certain ages so check your library out

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My 2 1/2 year old is learning how to blow bubbles which he loves to do now. I bought him a huge beach ball and we throw that back and forth or kick a soccer ball to each other. You can get a plastic swimming pool for super cheap. I give him a funnel and plastic measuring cups to play with in the water. He likes to color and I put him in the high chair and he finger paints with pudding. The tray is easy to clean and he can lick his fingers. Look in to your local library and see if they have story time for toddlers. Barnes and Noble bookstore has free story time every week and they usually have a little craft afterwards.

Jennifer - posted on 05/29/2009




Use paper ads and junk mail for crafts and coloring. Tearing is a great motor skill practice at 2 1/2. And just glueing is a lot of fun! You can cut out pictures for collages and sorting, such as favorite foods, toys they want, colors and shapes. Also let them reuse envelopes to put "mail" in. Junk mail is fun after all! ;-)

Kelly - posted on 05/29/2009




2 1/2 is a great age! try searching online for the recipe for home made playdough... it's totally safe and while it doesn't taste good it's harmless if they eat it. It's a great inexpensive project that will help teach your little one about texture and color...

Sarah - posted on 05/29/2009




I used to work at a daycare and sometimes the simplest things were the most fun. Get some new coloring books (they have my first coloring books with bigger pictures) or just give them plain paper. You could even make a place on a wall or something that is only used to display artwork and let them help you put new masterpieces up!! Other things were playing with shaving cream on the table like it's finger paint (just watch out, cause they will eat it, lol) or even let them finger paint with pudding...my kids loved that and when they licked it off their hands, it was no big deal!! You can also go through old magazines and cut out pictures or letters and have them glue a collage...sadly I found that anything that could be remotely messy were the activities that the kids had the most fun with. Hope this helped a little!!!


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Lucy - posted on 05/29/2009




the park, make cakes, paintin, drawin, role play, dance round 2 music, puzzles, in this weather get paddlin pool water bombs.

Michelle - posted on 05/29/2009




go to the park. a nature walk is always great for them, they will enjoy all the creatures and flowers they see along the way

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