The recession is a bummer but it does not have to bum out you and your kids. Here are some more free ways to have fun with your kids that cost nothing or next to nothing.
If you have a little girl then try playing dress up and playing pretend with her. Little girls really like dressing up models and playing with makeup. Both sexes of children enjoy being made up as clowns.
Kids love water fights of all kinds. On a hot day have a water fight with the garden hose or have a water balloon fight. You can also teach kids how to make their own popsicles.
Kids also love to give their imaginations a work out. Look up at the clouds and teach your kid how to look for shapes in them. Tell stories about the shapes.
All kids love a simple game of hide and seek or cops and robbers. If you have an old can on hand then play 'kick the can!' You can also make telephones with rope and a couple of cans.Never underestimate the simple fun a just climbing a tree, flying a kite or playing hopscotch. Playing a simple game like Chinese Checkers can renew your child's interest in it. Foot races, skipping and playing 'King of the Hill' are also fun games for kids.
Kids love to be barefoot. Go for a walk somewhere safe completely barefoot. Walk in the mud and the rain with no shoes. If it is rainy then hold a picnic indoors.
Kids also love simple contests. A singing or dancing contest can be very entertaining for kids.
Older kids also like cooking. You can set up the stuff for banana splits or smoothies and let the kids choose their own ingredients, topping and sprinkles. If you are more health conscious they can help you make juices (as long as you operate the juicer!)
If you really want to entertain a group of children then set up a treasure hunt. The treasure does not have to be gloriousâ€¦it is the hunting that keeps the kids fascinated!
An older child might appreciate being taught how to keep a diary. Have your kid write down wishes in a book and then keep track of how many come true.
Remember it is the small things in life that can help keep your kids happy! Sometimes the key to their happiness is right under your nose.