Ah summer…have your kids said they’re bored yet? Do you have challenges getting them away from the TV or video games? Encourage them to go outside and play with these fun but very inexpensive outdoor toys…all costing $1 each at the Dollar Tree.
All of these also make great children’s birthday party favors. You could also bundle these up for a birthday present or if you have friends with small children who come over on a regular basis, or you have grandchildren, these are all fun items to have around the house. Last month my husband and I were out of town and we had the neighbors watch our cats (they have two younger children.) As a “thank-you” to the kids, I gave them items just like these and I see them outside still playing with them.
Whenever we pull out the hula hoop when having family/friends over, not only do the kids want to use it but so do the adults. At this price, you could have several and have hula-hooping contests. When I was trying to lose weight, I would hula hoop in the evenings during commercial breaks…it wasn’t like going to the gym, but it was getting up and moving, which always helps burn calories.
I have been watching our neighbor kids playing with the butterfly nets I gave them on an almost daily basis. For a dollar, the nets are fairly strong and a month later, still holding up quite well.
There’s nothing “fancy” about dollar store kites, but they do fly and are super easy for smaller kids to handle.
Anything that helps incorporate exercise in your child’s routine is a good thing. According to kidshealth.org, 1 out of 3 children are either overweight or obese. A simple jump rope can help them get fit and be fun! If you’re throwing a kid’s birthday party, you could make up games with the jump ropes and hula hoops.
A bucket of sidewalk chalk has 20 big pieces, in various colors for a buck! Enough for days or weeks of fun for your little artist and there’s no clean-up involved…just wait for the rain.
Just a few examples of inexpensive summer fun for the kids that will keep your kids entertained and active. These are all easy to store or tote around too to the beach or park.