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5 Inexpensive Activities for Kids

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How to entertain your children without breaking the bank

Spending time with your children should be carefree and fun, but it can be hard to find cost-effective ways of doing this. Going to the movies or a restaurant are easy options but can be expensive. Here are some inexpensive activities to keep your children busy without breaking the bank.

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Libraries, with their hushed, book-laden aisles, still have the power to ignite children’s imaginations, despite us living in the tech age. Check with your local library for live readings and other events which can stimulate your child’s brain. And the best part? Borrowing books and DVDs is a lot cheaper than buying them.

Life’s a picnic.

A family picnic in natural surroundings allows you to relax, free of charge, while your children are free to run around as much as they like. It’s a lot cheaper and less stressful than eating in a crowded restaurant. Best of all, you get to keep the tip.

Go fly a kite.

While you’re at the park why not try your hand at kite-flying? Building a kite is a lot of fun and it’s very satisfying to see something you’ve built taking off in to the skies. It’s cheap, it’s educational and it’s good exercise. Just don’t fly it in a thunderstorm.

Something to puzzle over.

Whether you’re at home or on holiday, nothing beats doing a giant puzzle on a rainy day. The whole family can get involved and a complex puzzle can really give the brain a good workout. Board games are just as much fun and are also cost-effective. Even if you lose all your money at Monopoly, you’ll still be winning!

Reap what you sow.

You don’t need a huge garden to grow herbs. Even a windowsill box will suffice if you live in a flat. Select some seed packets from your local nursery and get your family to help plant and grow your own herbs. Not only is gardening a great way to unwind, but the end result is free and fresh herbs to use in your cooking.

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