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Crafty Dollar Store Gifts For Kids

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Crafty Dollar Store Gifts For Kidssource: AForestFrolic

With the economy on a downhill slide, and the holiday season coming up, everyone is on the lookout for inexpensive gifts this year. If you’d love to give something crafty to the kids in your life, your in luck. Your local dollar store may have just what you’re looking for.

Here are a couple of ideas:

Create an artist’s box.  Stuff it full of craft supplies, including scissors, glue, colored pencils, markers, construction paper, stickers, crayons and a sketch pad. Your child will know just what to do with the materials.

Introduce your child to scrapbooking. If you do scrapbooking, your child might enjoy it also. Make a scrapbook kit with an album, stickers, markers, glue and a nice selection of photos. Place everything in a plastic box with a lid.

Present a Decorators gift bag to an older child. Fill it with mirrors, picture frames, imitation flowers, doodads and wall art. Help your child use it to re-do her room.

The dollar store is full of tiny mini-kits. A few cross stitch kits, beading kits, greeting card kits or sand painting kits will make a nice, inexpensive present for pre-teens. Since dollar store packaging is sometimes unattractive, you may want to repackage your gift.

Design a kit of your own. For instance, drop a few packages of glue, coordinated stickers, flat glass marbles and markers into an attractive plastic dollar store container. The child can use the supplies to decorate the container, and then store the leftover materials inside.

Keep in mind that the stock in dollar stores varies from location to location so you might have to try several stores before you find exactly what you are looking for. Or, keep your options open and design your own present from the merchandise available at your local dollar store.

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Quick & Frugal Ideas For Summer Fun

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Start with your library.

Libraries often have wonderful music, nature and reading programs running from June through August. Most of the programs are free but they do require you to reserve a place ahead of time, so call early to avoid a last minute disappointment.

Next, work your way over to the book section. Try to see if you can revive your children’s interest in Harry Potter.  If not, dig into some good mysteries, historical fiction and how-to books instead.

Then, see what’s available in the crafts section. Our local library has half a dozen books on making “treasure from trash.” Also search for titles on dough crafts, paper crafts and scrap fabric crafts.

Before you leave, be sure to read the “what’s happening” section of your local newspaper. Most big cities have free outdoor concerts, puppet shows and art fairs throughout the summer months. See what’s in your neck of the woods.

Other Suggestions To Share With Your Kids:

Write to an email pen pal

Keep a nature journal of your own backyard

Make nature crafts – painted rock, wreathes, dried flowers

Design a quiz-type game show on history

Study cartooning

Build from cardboard

Cook an authentic Chinese dinner

Keep a diary

Create a historically accurate diorama from scrap materials

Read, read, read

Arrange a neighborhood yard sale

Get a job walking dogs, cleaning or doing errands for a neighbor

Make a food pyramid from old magazines

Learn to comparison shop for groceries

Plant a vegetable garden

Draw original mazes

Create a birthday card

Design a web page

Make a quilt from recycled materials

Volunteer at the library

Invent something

Observe your pet and record your findings

Grow an indoor terrarium

Learn origami

Learn a foreign language

Build with scrap materials

Make your own holiday presents

Compose new, science-based lyrics for popular tunes

Participate in online projects

Write a script for a puppet show

Learn to use a word processor

Attend local museums on free days

Learn to sew

Design a variation on the game checkers

Borrow educational videos off the internet.

Participate in a nature scavenger hunt

Learn to paint with watercolors

Practice cake decorating

Obedience train your dog

Create paper mache bowls from old newspapers

Make handmade paper

Buy and learn to play the recorder or harmonica

Enter all kinds of contests

Solve word problems

Make and observe a bird feeder

Play scrabble and other board games

Do low cost science projects

Give several of these activities a try.  If your child doesn’t enjoy one activity, suggest another one instead.  But, if you find that all your child wants to do is sit and veg out, let him make that choice.  He may need the time to relax and, after all, it is summer.

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How to Make a Homemade Water Toy

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6877351431_35b57d32f8_zI had my toddler nephews over for a long visit yesterday and in order to keep them occupied for a while I made an (almost) instant water table for them.

I put a large dish pan bucket filled with water onto the porch. I add a sponge, a colander, a couple of cups, dish soap, a ladle, and a whisk to the mix and showed the boys how to use them.

This simple toy kept the kids thrilled for almost two hours. Try it!

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