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101 Almost Free Things to Do With Kids This Summer...in the 60's we were simply told to go outside and PLAY on most days, we went swimming in the afternoons after mama had cooked ( I never ate a sandwich lunch or fast food), we helped pick and shell peas when they were ready, we did chores...news flash parents: you don't have to make everything in life "fun".
101 Almost Free Things to Do With Kids This Summer
word families flip-book - we have three different versions that we have used to help our older kids learn to read
Done Wish I had known this when my girls were little! Bean Bag Stuffed Animal Storage. A Pinner writes "We did this for Emilee with a bean bag cover from Kmart. It was about $8 for one that uses 2 bags of beans. We put all her lovies, her extra pillows and a mini bean bag chair she had laying around in it. She loved it so much she wanted to sleep on it!"
Stuffed Animal Storage Idea. Simple bean bag cover (Bed Bath Beyond) and fill with stuffed animals. Why didn't I think of this along time ago
Do everything without whining, complaining or arguing. Every one has their own jar. Start off the week with a set amount of quarters in each jar. If they are caught whining or complaining, they lose a quarter. At the end of the week, they get the money that remains.
20 QUESTIONS to ask kids every year on their birthdays wish I would have known about this 15 years ago!
reversible superhero capes
Take digital shots of your child's art work, then upload to snapfish to make a picture book. You can toss the piles of old artwork, but save the book. Duh!
Free educational apps for kids - there are literally dozens of them!!
Kids remote control. Program in 7 channels and then give them control.
Each year kids must choose old toys to put in their Santa bags. We leave the bags under our tree on Christmas Eve. Santa takes the old toys back to the North Pole to fix them up and give to other kids. Great way to declutter, recycle old toys, and teach the kids about giving. This is an awesome idea to have as a tradition to teach your kids to not be selfish and not to love worldly things.
Kids must choose ten old toys to put in their Santa bags. These must be toys in decent shape that other kids would actually want. We leave the bags under our tree on Christmas Eve. Santa takes the old toys back to the North Pole to fix them up; he leaves new toys in the bag. Great way to declutter, recycle old toys, and teach the kids about giving.
Positive Reinforcement. Put a cotton ball, marble, Pom-Pom etc in every time you catch your child being good. Do something special when it's full.