Hola y’all! Jenn her with some fun for you to share with your little one that cost you little or nothing….other than your time.
Sometimes it is easy to think you have to spend lots of money and go somewhere cool to make memories and for your child to have fun, but that’s really not the case. Big places are awesome and I love them as much as the next person, but I have really began to think about little things that make a special memory for me and my daughter. I wanted to share with you some simple things we do, or that I am planning on doing, that cost very little or nothing at all and leave a fun memory for you and your little one. Now for some ideas:
– Have a picnic! It is so fun to a child to have a picnic. You can have one in your yard, go to a public picnic shelter, have one at a playground, find fun places (we have a train car in town that we have had picnics on, we have had them in the grass at the library, we have a fountain in town my daughter loves so we have them there), and if its raining we put a blanket on the floor and have an indoor picnic and watch a movie or cartoon. She loves that just as much!
– Bake something and let your little one help. Let them cut open the mix, pour in the different ingredients, crack the eggs, help mix it up, and of course lick the beaters and the bowl (that depends on your comfort level with the raw eggs). Let them help grease the pan or put in the cupcake liners, then let them pour in the batter. If it needs to be iced, let them help ice it. And of course then share it together.
– Have a tea party. My daughter loves having tea parties. Use a real tea set or one of the porcelain toy ones. Use real water or whatever you like to drink. Use real dessert. And while you sit their sipping your “tea” and eating your goodie, make sure you have your pinkies out and are trying to be as proper as you can. Use this as a time to just talk to your child and have a conversation with them. Ask them about their day, make plans for future activities, ask if there is anything on their mind, but most importantly just listen to them and enjoy pretending with them.
– Go play in the dirt. Sometimes we are so anal about our kids being clean that they don’t get to simply play in the dirt. Let them have their own little area of dirt where they can dig, bury toys, look for bugs, and for some additional fun add water to their dirt and let them play in the mud. All our kids have some stained clothes and times where we aren’t going anywhere, so why not use that time to let them get dirty?
– Catch lightening bugs. It is that time of the year where these fun little guys light up the evening. It is so much fun for a little one and even for adults to catch these guys and enjoy watching them light up. You can simply try a catch and release approach or put them in a mason jar and enjoy watching them light up. If your little one is big enough you could use this as a teaching time to discuss how they light up.
– Plant something outside. We bought flower seeds from the Dollar General they were 2 or 3 packs for $1. She loved planting them and of course is so excited to water them and watch for them to start popping up.
– Go to the library. Teach them a love of reading and books. Most libraries have nice children departments where they can sit and look through books, play kid games on a computer, work kids puzzles, and ours has checkers and a puppet area. Our library also has a summer reading program that is amazing! They have a different activity every week for kids, along with story times, Lego play time (they provide Leo’s and you provide the imagination), prizes for turning in reading logs, and movie times. See what activities yours offers and enjoy those with your little one! All of ours are completely free!
– Go for a walk. Wether it’s in your neighborhood or around town, a walk is so much fun. Not only is it great exercise, but you get to meet new friends, enjoy the simple beauty of town, and just slow down and talk to your little one.
– Go eat honeysuckles. I LOVED this as a kid! If your little one is anything like mine, they will enjoy seeing how you pull the bottom off and get that sweet little drop. Always so much fun and completely free.
– Set up their toys during the night to look like they have been playing. Thanks to Toy Story and Doc McStuffins my little one is convinced her toys come to life when she asleep or not home. Over the past few weeks she has woken up to find her Jessie Doll coloring, some dolls playing with stickers, and a doll reading a book. This so so easy and will make your little one light up like a Christmas tree along with making some fun memories.
– Go on a bike ride. We started taking family bike rides last fall and it is a personal favorite of mine! We have a nearby trail that is pretty flat and goes for miles through the woods or “forest” as we call it. It is so much fun! We all get to be together, we all get exercise, and we are in the woods where we can see so many things and easily talk about everything God made!
– Go get ice cream from McDonalds it’s super cheap and then just enjoy eating it!
– Find out the history of your town and then take your little one to see the different sights and tell them about the history.
– Put on some fun music and dance with you little one. You are guaranteed to both have fun!
– Simply be with your child. Take time to go in their play room, bedroom, whoever ever they are playing and sit and play with them. Build with their blocks, race with their cars, take care of their babies, whatever they want….just take time to sit and play with no TV or electronic devices to distract you. Let it just be you and your little one.