7 Fun Things For Kids to do That Won’t Break The Bank

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If you are like me, your kids are the light of your life. The reason for living, and that reason, can on occasion, be whiny annoying monsters -yes, I just referred to my adorable children as “monsters,” sue me – who won’t leave you alone for five minutes so you can fold laundry or do one of the other amazingly fabulous and relaxing parental duties we all just enjoy so much.

Whee. I LOVE my kids, and over the years I have found a few things that actually occupy them.  Junk costs money and sometimes you spend money on junk and your kid plays with it for three minutes and there goes $30 that you could have easily spent on something wonderful , like cake.

So if your kids are driving you semi-cray but you still love them and you wanna find something to keep them busy for a few minutes, I’ve got some ideas for ya.

eeBoo Paper Chains 

You need these. I don’t care how old your kid is. Well, they need to be able to complete a simple task, like inserting paper into a slot, so unless your kid is really dumb I would say maybe around 4 and up.

Yeah, yeah I know you may have a gazillion adorable pieces of craft paper you don’t mind cutting into uniform strips and handing your kid a glue stick but I am so not that person, so these paper chains are awesome for me. NO glue required, adorable colors and patterns, and they all cost around ten bucks a pop.

They come in a few different variations, and make a ton of paper chains. Plus, you can toss them up on your holiday tree or string them around your house for no reason if you are a festive weirdo like me. They are busy work, but the end result is freakin’ adorable and looks so cute hanging in a kid’s room.

Taro Gomi’s Play All Day


Play all day, play all day, play all day. I love this thing so much. It’s a book that has over 60 things to do in it, things to make, games to play, little scenes to create. It is one of the most fun books ever, and it makes a ridiculously great gift. I love the illustrations. The ages say three and up, and I think that’s pretty right on. But I do know my teenage son had fun playing with this with his younger siblings too. It’s #17, but I really feel it is worth it…

Read More: Eve Vawter, mommyish.com

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