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Cheap activity's for kids

Hello my name is James I'm daddy to three amazing children Charlie who is three, Harry who is two and Olivia who is just 6 Months old (See the family) . I blog over at Daddy Space, I have been blogging for about 8 Months on and off and find it a great way to express myself. I'm thrilled to have been given the chance to guest post for Kerry at Oh So Amelia.

This weekend has been the first proper summers weekend and it got me thinking back to a post I wrote in the cold dark day's of winter. It was a top ten of places to go with kids and it was nice to think that actually the weather is nice enough for us to actually do some of the suggestion's. As it happened we have been watching the pennies recently so we decided a quiet weekend was in order. 

I'd like to talk to you about things you can do with little ones in the sunshine, that cost very little to do and that are fun. We are constantly trying to come up with cheap activity's for kids to do through out the year and when the sunshines a whole new world of opportunity opens up. 


We will start with something that I think we would all find lots of fun, drawing with jumbo chalks on the patio. Sounds horrendous doesn't it but the chalk simply washes away with water and its so much fun to do, drawing on paper is boring compared. Your little ones will have great fun in the sun drawing dinosaurs, trains, tree's or whatever their imagination can come up with.


Soapy water in a bucket and all the kids garden toys out on the lawn can only mean one thing its washing time, this can provide a great sense of responsibility for kids. You may want to consider putting their scruff's on for this activity, I know my two boys make a mess when doing this. I think it helps them appreciate their toys if tasked regularly with cleaning them, obviously daddy usually needs a good scrub as well ! If they can catch him !!!!!

Staying with a water theme simply filling an empty toy box with water and providing another empty toy box with plastic pots and cups in can provides hours of entertainment. Once the kids have thrown in the odd clump of grass and stone for good measure De-canting the water from toy box to toy box will be a barrel of laughs. Daddy will inevitably need to test the water, this obviously is best done unexpectedly over his head !!!!!

Obviously this is great if you have a garden to do this in however if not there is always the local park, why not take a picnic and take some of the toys from home. We have a sand pit in our local park so always take our bucket and spade down. We also find a simple walk to the local shops to get that one thing forgotten at shopping is a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. We are so lucky that we pass by a historic castle ruin on the way so we tend to stop each time to climb to the very top. Why not try and plan a route passed a point of interest or even simply a park ?


We have not visited the castle since last winter hence the winter look Charlie is sporting. In summary coming up with cheap activity's for kids is a matter of being resourceful, inventive and having a great imagination. I hope you have enjoyed reading my guest post for Oh So Amelia. 

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12 comments

  1. My little girl would love this. She loves drawing on her chalkboard, but we haven't tried drawing on the patio yet.

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  2. love getting ideas to entertain my little one and he loves playing in water so ill wait for a sunny day and let him splash around with water, containers ect for messy fun thx

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  3. really useful, so nice to get ideas to play with my little girl. Thank You

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  4. Great ideas! We have done the giant chalks thing with the kids & had great fun.

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  5. Jane Middleton29 May 2013 at 22:17

    Good ideas, love the patio painting, that sounds fun

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  6. we love baking! which is handy for lunch boxes throughout the week to save some pennies x

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  7. These chalks are a great idea!

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  8. some excellent ideas

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  9. Some great ideas there thanks!

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  10. Great ideas - we are heading out with our chalk tomorrow!

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  11. great suggestions, we have the chalk just waiting for a nice day

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