Hi! I’m Louise from Building Blocks and Acorns and I’m so grateful to Peta for having me guest-post. I have a two year old little boy, who is affectionately known as ‘Darth’ on my blog (thanks to my husband’s love of all things Star Wars!) He is always on the go and sometimes it can be hard coming up with things to keep him entertained (without resorting to the TV or gadgets,) that don’t cost the earth.
So here are 10 things that are a sure-fire way of entertaining your little one, whilst teaching them new ideas and skills and keeping costs low. What could be better?!
We are lucky enough to have a vegetable garden just down our street (we live in a pretty village in England) and love taking ‘Darth’ there to grow our own fruit and vegetables. Not only does that in itself save on money, but he loves getting outdoors and covered in soil! Red Ted Art have some fantastic ideas on how to get thrifty in the garden. You can also check out another guest post dedicated solely to gardening with children, on You Clever Monkey.
You don’t have to be great in the kitchen to get baking with your child. Yes, it can be messy, but go with it and enjoy the experience with your child. You can teach them about counting (count those cups of flour etc,) patience whilst you wait for those cookies to bake, fine-motor skills whilst decorating them and so many other skills. I love this kids recipe for cookie stars from ‘Lessons Learnt Journal.’
3. Sensory Play with Ice
This is a great activity to do in the Summer outside, or any time of year in a container. Take a look at this ‘Under the Sea’ sensory exploration with Ice, or this ice activity using nature that I guest-posted on Squiggles and Bubbles for completely free fun!
4. Get arty!
Often, just getting messy with some paper and paint is enough to bring a smile to a toddler’s face! But if you want to mix it up a little, try this painting with nature activity.
5. Get crafty!
Using card board to create new play items is a great thrifty way of entertaining the kids! Once they’ve finished building a fort, why not try turning it into a DIY hobby-horse?
6. Infant Sensory Play
I love these ideas for thrifty sensory play, all geared towards infants, from Lemon Lime Adventures.
7. Get recycling!
No Time for Flash Cards have created this fantastic rocket using recycled materials. See what you could make with left over items in your home.
8. Explore Sensory Bins
Making your own sensory bins is a fun and inexpensive way to entertain your child. These sensory bins to explore nature from Learn-Play-Imagine are gorgeous! Take a look at other nature themed activities from my blog, Building Blocks and Acorns, too!
9. Give yourself a Project
This DIY play kitchen is a HUGE hit with my little ‘Darth’ and the whole thing only cost me $43.80! It will last for years to come and is enjoy every day, so it’s amazing value for money!
10. Make your own Light Box
Happy Hooligans have an amazingly thrifty way of creating your own light box!
Whatever you do with your little one, it needn’t break the bank, or be dull and boring!