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Anyone know any low cost summer activities that don't have to do with leaving home?

This summer i'm going to have 2 to 4 kids that i am watching plus my 6 kids. so we will not be able to go anywhere and will have to stay home. so i'm needing low cost ideas of fun things we can do here at home. educational would be good but not a have too. the ages will be from 1 to 12. Thanks in advance for all the advice

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oldfashionSAHM

Asked by oldfashionSAHM at 10:20 AM on Jun. 3, 2012 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • Water fun day, dirt adventure , teaching them how to plant a garden n harvest then prepare dinner with said harvest.
    Mrs_Harsh

    Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 10:25 AM on Jun. 3, 2012

  • I agree that having them maintain some kind of garden is a great idea. I just bought a little slip and slide with a pool at the end for $8 that my kids have loved. Make sure you grab some sun screen, though. Kickball, baseball, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk. None of it is terribly expensive, and kids will find stuff to do outside if given the opportunity.
    Mom-2-3-Girlz

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 10:32 AM on Jun. 3, 2012

  • From Mom-2-3-Girlz suggestion:
    you can make the chalk with plaster of paris and tempra paint.
    take a toilet paper roll, duct tape one end, pour premixed tempra paint and plaster of paris into the tube. let dry, remove roll and viola! there's your educational aspect.

    homemade play dough is good too
    feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 10:46 AM on Jun. 3, 2012

  • You could buy the kids notebooks and they could keep a summer diary. Like go on walks in the neighborhood and collect leaves flowers n such and they can paste them in the books.
    Mrs_Harsh

    Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 10:46 AM on Jun. 3, 2012

  • what is dirt adventure??
    oldfashionSAHM

    Comment by oldfashionSAHM (original poster) at 10:47 AM on Jun. 3, 2012

  • Oh sorry, you get little sand sifters from dollar store and have the kids sift dirt you'll find bugs, rocks, seeds etc and have them try to identify what the stuff is.
    Mrs_Harsh

    Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 10:51 AM on Jun. 3, 2012

  • The local libraries and Barnes and Nobles do storytime. What are the age ranges of the kids? Learn about something cool about your area and then go see it. Our local ice cream story (family owned) gives free tours to kids to show how they make ice cream and then gives the kids a small cup of ice cream of their favorite before they leave. The local supermarket also gives tours.

    We have a local arboretum has lots of free programs for kids. The county sheriff's mounted police division comes to you and talks about what they do and lets the kids pet and feed the horses.

    Try googling free stuff to do in your area.
    robinkane

    Answer by robinkane at 10:51 AM on Jun. 3, 2012

  • Walks around the neighborhood, bike rides (if you can get bikes for the kids you're watching), the garden's a great idea. Swimming, if you have easy access to a pool or a lake, or get a slip n slide or something for the back yard. Movies are good for calming things down, and a great way to get out of the heat. If you have a video camera, depending on their ages they could make their own movie. They could write a script, construct sets if they need them. Someone can be director, producer, camera operator, etc. I found a site that lists some fun summer activities. Some of them are away from home, but I think a lot of those can still be adapted to do in your own backyard, depending on the size of it.

    wendythewriter

    Answer by wendythewriter at 10:57 AM on Jun. 3, 2012

  • These are wonderful ideas. I will be using some of them with my own this summer, thank you.
    arcanecode

    Answer by arcanecode at 11:56 AM on Jun. 3, 2012

  • Anything involving water. Picnics on the lawn. Nature walks around the neighborhood or the yard. slip and slide. art projects. plant a garden in pots - one could be a pizza garden tomato basil another salsa mild jalepeno tomato onion cilantro another, strawberry pot, then the kids can have cooking projects tacos, pita pizzas, strawberry jam
    put on plays, music, excercise with Dance Central
    Also try enchantedlearning.com LOVE this site it was alot of help when my daughter was little. Stuff for all ages and grades.
    booklover545

    Answer by booklover545 at 12:25 PM on Jun. 3, 2012

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