Cheap summer fun for your family

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Summer is finally here and the kids are out of school.

That means kids have a lot more free time, so parents have to find cheap ways to keep them entertained.

Here are just a few ideas for keeping your kids busy for less than $20.

Giant Tic-Tac-Toe 

Here's what you need from the dollar store to make a giant tic-tac-toe board:

  • Shower curtain or sheet -- $1
  • Electrical tape -- $1
  • 6 frisbees or disc shaped dog toys -- $6
  • Total: $8

For directions on how to make the giant tic-tac-toe board visit the blog A Turtle's Life For Me.

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Backyard Olympics

Here are the materials you need to get the neighborhood together for a day of Olympic games:

  • 3 buckets with shovels -- $3
  • Water balloons -- $1
  • 3-pack of balls -- $1
  • Optional -- Chalk and hula hoops -- $2
  • Total: $4 (excluding optional items) 

The blog A Small Snippet has some great ideas for other games as well as Olympics-themed snacks.

Hula Hoop Hideout

Here's what you to create your own hula hoop hangout:

  • 1 hula hoop -- $1
  • twine -- $1
  • Shower curtain or sheet -- $1
  • Total: $3

This project is great for kids after a long day playing in the sun. You can put out a blanket and pillows so your hideout is extra comfortable.

For directions on how to make the hideout visit The Craft Nest blog.

Backyard Twister 

Materials:

  • 4 cans of spray paint in different colors
  • Circular cardboard cutout

For directions on how to create the backyard Twister game visit the blog One Good Thing.

Fort Building Kit

Materials:

  • Clothesline
  • 1 pack of clothes pins
  • Mini flashlights
  • 2 or more flat sheets
  • 1 pack of suction cups

This is a great activity for a sleepover!

For information on how to put the kit in a cute carrier visit the blog Cinnaberry Suite.