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Creative, Free Activities To Do With Kids

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Here are some ideas for kid-centered activities when you don’t have a lot of money.

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Build a fort Report Abuse
Forts can be as permanent as a tree house or as temporary as stretching some sheets over a few kitchen chairs. Encourage your child to invite guests for a fort-warming party.
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Build an art collection Report Abuse
Turn your living room into a galley showcasing your child's art.
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Create a homemade obstacle course Report Abuse
Help your child design and build a challenging obstacle course and then see who can complete it the fastest.
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Become interior designers Report Abuse
Let your child choose how to rearrange your living room and then commit to that arrangement for at least a week.
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Make bucket lists Report Abuse
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Design postcards Report Abuse
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Take a hike Report Abuse
Allow room for exploring, wandering, attempting to create a fort out of fallen branches.
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Scavenger hunt Report Abuse
Create a list of items that are easy (or not so easy) to find around the house, and offer a handmade certificate for finding them all within a specific amount of time.
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Experiment in the kitchen Report Abuse
Put your child in charge of preparing a meal for the family using ingredients already found in the house. Make sure that you supervise the preparation, and allow at least twice the time it would take you to prepare the meal.
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Create a jigsaw puzzle Report Abuse
Ask your child to draw or color a picture for this purpose, cut it into 8-12 pieces, and then challenge different family members or friends to put it together.
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Real-life search and find Report Abuse
Allow your child to lead the way on an afternoon walk, and set goals for the number of trees, men in hats, pieces of litter, etc. you’ll pass before it’s time to head back home.
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Solve a problem Report Abuse
Identify a problem around your house (you can never hear the doorbell from the basement; your dog always eats the cat food; no one likes to take the recycling out to the curb), and ask your child to brainstorm some solutions using materials your family has at hand. Put your child in charge of this project, but be available to assist/supervise the work.
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Sleep outside Report Abuse
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Have a picnic lunch Report Abuse
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Make homemade play dough Report Abuse
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Draw your own mazes Report Abuse
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Create your own dot-to-dot pages Report Abuse
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Create your own mad libs Report Abuse
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Hold a limerick or haiku competition Report Abuse
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Rehearse and perform a dance, music number, or theatrical show Report Abuse
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