Frugal & Fun Activities for Children

Welcome Good Things Utah viewers! Here are the frugal and fun activities for children I showed today in the studio. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to make the activities  or you can check out my Good Things Utah TV segment here.

Homemade Glitter Slime

1 teaspoon Borax
1 bottle Elmer’s Glue (clear or white)
food coloring

1) Dissolve 1 teaspoon Borax in 1 cup warm water. Set aside.
2) In a medium size bowl, pour in bottle of glue. Then fill empty glue bottle with water, and pour it into the bowl of glue.
3) Add food color of your choice and glitter, then stir well.
4) Pour the Borax mixture into the glue mixture and stir with a spoon. You’ll start seeing gobs form immediately.
5) Put the spoon aside and finish kneading the slime with your hands for a few minutes until all of the water is soaked into the slime. If you want the slime to be drier to the touch, then dump out the excess water before the water is soaked in and before you finish kneading the slime.


Balloon Yo-Yo
Attach a balloon to a funnel and filled it with rice (about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup). Tie the end of the balloon and secured one rubber band around it with a knot. Take another rubber band and loop it through the first one. Add on 2-3 more rubber bands until you achieve the desired length.

Blow Painting

Items Needed:
Non-toxic paint watered down to form a milky solution (tempura paint is recommended)
Dropper or spoon

Using a dropper or spoon, Place 3-4 drops of liquid paint onto your paper. Use the straws to blow the paint out in all directions.

Shoe-Box Guitar

Items Needed:
Shoe box
Paper towel or wrapping paper tube

Cardboard tubes (such as from a dry-cleaner hanger)
6 Rubber bands
6 Brads (optional)
Kraft paper (optional)
Bread-bag tag

1)Remove the lid of the shoe box. Cover the box, lid, and paper-towel tube with the paper of your choice.
2) Lay the paper-towel tube on a table, positioning one end against the short side of the box and centering it along the bottom edge. Trace a circle around the tube. Draw 4 lines bisecting that circle (as if cutting a pie), then, with a utility knife, cut along the lines and through the box. Slide the tube through the bisected hole until it hits the other end of the box and secure it with tape. )
3) Cut an oval in the lid, then put it on the box.
4) Place the two cardboard tube pieces (decorated with tape or paper, if desired) above and below the oval. Glue to secure. This will allow the “strings” to twang.
5) Stretch 6 rubber bands lengthwise around the box.
6) Screw the brads into the top of the cardboard-tube neck for the tuning pegs.
7) Pick away with the bread-bag tag.


Spray Bottle Snow Art

Items Needed:
Spray bottle
Food coloring

Place water in a spray bottle, and add food coloring. Let the children go outside and spray the snow different colors.

And make sure to check out these other inexpensive and fun activities for children.

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Frugal Indoor Activities for Children During Winter (Part 1)

Frugal Indoor Activities FinalAfter the excitement of the holidays, January can be somewhat of a let down because it’s cold outside and there isn’t an exciting holiday coming up. Since being outside in the cold is not something I like to do in January, over the next month I’ll post fun and frugal indoor activities you can do together with your children during the winter. This will hopefully give you some creative ideas, as well as be activities your kids can look forward to doing.

And make sure to check out both of my Good Things Utah TV show segments here and here where I talk about some of these fun and frugal activities.

Balloon Paddle Ball – Make paddles with oversized popsicle sticks and paper plates, then blow up a balloon and have fun paddling it back and forth.

Laser Beams – Use streamers to make laser beams in the hallway. Have the children try to get through the hallway without touching the laser beams.

Squishy Bag – Use this activity to practice writing skills. It’s also is a great sensory activity and offers a calming effect for some children. All you need is a gallon ziplock bag, food coloring, full bottle of hair gel from the dollar store, and glitter (optional). Mix is together in the bag, then place the bag on top of white paper.

Snowflake Art – This is an easy painting project. All you need is a canvas board (which is actually inexpensive), a few different shades of blue paint or color of choice, and masking tape.

Masking/Painter’s Tape Roads – Make a road for cars and trucks using masking tape or painter’s tape on the hard floor or carpet. Note: If you place the tape on the carpet, don’t leave it down for weeks or you will have sun-bleached lines from the tape.

Make sure to check out all of the fun and frugal activities and ideas posts that you can do with your children indoors during the winter:

Frugal Indoor Activities for Children during Winter (Part 1)
Frugal Indoor Activities for Children during Winter (Part 2)
Frugal Indoor Activities for Children during Winter (Part 3)
Frugal Indoor Activities for Children during Winter (Part 4)

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