During times of economic hard times, it’s easy to cut our your recreational spending from the family budget. When deciding to get serious about your finances doesn’t mean that you have to stop having fun and spending that quality time. In America as of 2010, by the time your child reaches 18 years of age you’d have shelled out an average of $16,080 every year for her expenses according to the USDA.
If you have a family, especially with kids, you might wonder what fun frugal activities you can do to help save some of that money. Today, I will share with you what our family does to entertain ourselves and the benefits of the activities. While doing these activities we are sure to stay on, not a cheap, but frugal budget.
Using Sidewalk Chalk.
Sidewalk chalk is a great pass-time that encourages the love of art. Playing with sidewalk chalk can be one of your child’s first experiences with coloring and writing.
Selling From a Lemonade Stand.
My daughters love selling and coming up with ideas on how they can make money. Lemonade stands are often viewed as a way for children to experience business at a young age. You can use this opportunity as a teaching moment to teach the concepts of profit, economic freedom, and teamwork.
I really love this craft being a musician. Exploring music is such a great part of childhood. It’s not only enjoyable for kids, but it is healthy for their development.
My kids love going to Grandma’s House because of the many crafts that my mom have for the grandkids. Arts and crafts are a great way to allow children to express themselves. Arts and crafts can bring out the hidden feelings and emotions in introverted children.
Plant a Garden.
Growing up in the rural part of North Carolina, having and being surrounded by gardens was a part of life. My family did not have to worry about recalls on food because when you grow your own food you know what you are putting in your body. Gardens save money on groceries!
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Go to the Museum
Talking about expanding your child’s horizons. My family always take advantage of the free admission days at the museums in Atlanta. One of the great benefits of visiting museums is that it allows you to change your perspectives and place yourself in the shoes of the artist.
Play Hide and Go Seek.
My daughters LOVE the game of Hiding and Go Seek! Playing these games gives a child some valuable physical benefits as well since the exercise helps them build stamina and aids muscle development. The challenge of getting into the perfect hiding place will help improve their balance, coordination, and strategic planning.
Walk Your Neighborhood
In my neighborhood walking is a favorite past-time and my family LOVES it! Walking carries many benefits. Health professionals cite moderate walking as a “magic pill” for excellent health. It can maintain the body’s systems in good condition and reduce the risk of chronic illness which will help save even more money in doctor bills.
Go to the Park
My daughters love heading to the park. Parks provide space for neighborhood residents to interact with each other and meet new people. This allows people to develop a sense of community and not to mention great physical activity.
Go to Your Local Pool
If my kids could choose an animal to be a fish would be high on their list. They absolutely love the pool. Splashing in the water on a hot summer day can be great for cooling off. But going to the pool keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body. Going to the pool also help build endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt.
Scavenger hunts allow kids to practice problem-solving in a tangible way. It helps to reinforce and act-out methods they have been taught by parents or teachers in a physical way, leading to increased retention of the lessons.
Bake and Decorate Cookies!
My daughters love baking in the kitchen. They also love going to their Auntie’s to learn how to bake all kinds of goodies in her bakery “Truffle and Tarts”. Baking the kitchen teaches science, chemistry, and math lessons. This is an awesome way for your kids to the knowledge of kitchen safety, cleanliness and discipline (that is, hanging around to finish a task AND help clean up!). I would like to encourage you to check out some of the “Truffle and Tarts” creations by clicking here.
I have never met a kid who doesn’t like bubbles. Bubbles are simple stress relief. Blowing bubbles forces you to pause, focus on a single activity, and think about your breathing. I will admit sometimes I turn on a bubble machine and just relax to see the bubbles form and float into space.
I remember when I was young my mom took me to be an extra in the movie “Eddie” featuring Whoopi Goldberg. It was filmed in Charlotte and it was so much fun. You won’t get rich for being an extra but it is a good way to make extra money and it is a great way to get the whole family involved. Extra work is a fantastic way for newbies, or anyone looking to break into the industry to get experience and get a feel for what it’s like to be on a major network TV or major motion picture set. To reach out to learn more information on how you can be featured in a film CLICK HERE to get started.
Flying a Kite
My girl love going out on breezy days to fly kites. Making and flying kites boost creativity by developing creative thinking, both in the making of the kite as well as flying and adapting it to changes in the wind.
Visit the Local Library
We know that libraries give children access to books. Research proves that regular access to books makes you a better reader. The library offers a wide range of books. Selecting books for you to read aloud and for your children to read on their own improves their reading. And during the summer some libraries have programs and movie nights for the family.