Sunday, August 5, 2012

Frugal and Easy Children's Activities

Here are a few quick, easy, and frugal activities for young children.  

Color Matching: Made from paint color samples, clothespins, and hot glue.  Have your child match like-colors in the mouths of the clothespins.  

Numbers and Letters Spoon Matching: You will need clear and white (or colored) spoons.  On one set of spoons, color dots with a sharpie.  On the other, write the number.  Have your child align the two matching spoons.  You can also do this with the alphabet by writing lowercase letters on one set and uppercase on the other.  

Button Snake: Sew a large button to the end of a string of ribbon.  At the end of the ribbon, sew a square piece of felt to act as a "stopper".  Make several squares, rectangles, or circle of felt.  Cut a slit in each one.  Have your child place the button through the slits to practice "buttoning".  If your child is older, use a smaller button and felt pieces with smaller slits.

These activities can all be reproduced easily at home and will help your child with a variety of skills including their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  Perfect especially for younger kids!  My 3 and 4 1/2 year old both enjoyed these activities, but they were more suited for my 3 year old.

A special thanks to my sister in law, Jenny, for these great activities!

I have many more frugal kids activities under the "Crafts & DIY" tab at the top.  Some popular ones include:

20 Things To Do with Candy Hearts
Graduation Crafts
Frugal Fun: Crayon Melting Boards

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