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How to Entertain Your Kids with $2

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by Where I Holiday (subscribe)
Writer, adventurer and wrangler to little people and pets. Follow me on Instagram @whereiholiday.
Published November 16th 2012
A gold coin for gold class fun
While I am a big fan of letting my kids be bored to motivate them to find their own enjoyment, sometimes they need a little inspiration. But how do you keep the kids and the budget happy? It's time to challenge yourself to see how far you can stretch a $2 coin.

$2 Shops
Now discount shops may seem like an obvious place to start but the key here is to look for quality. What can you get on the cheap that will actually hold their attention? My all time favourite is glow sticks.

$2 fun with glow sticks


And don't think glow sticks are only fun at night. I buy a $2 box of glow bracelets and put my kids in the tub with the lights off. They love how the glow sticks light up the water and the novelty of bathing in the semi-dark.



Glow bracelets are my pick because they can be joined together to create long strings or the bracelets can be used to play ring toss games.

Glow stick ring toss


McDonald's
A trip to Macca's doesn't inspire the same creativity as glow sticks but you can't beat their .30 cent soft serves when you are trying to stick to a budget. The kids can have a play on the playground and then finish off with a .30 cent ice cream cone (.60 cents if you add a Flake chocolate).

A box of matches
Now I am not advocating letting kids play with matches but under proper supervision a little camp fire can keep the kids mesmerised for hours. We made a small fire pit in the back yard and get the kids to collect twigs and bits of wood for kindling. A packet of marshmallows won't break the $2 budget and keep the entertainment going for a while longer.

Campfire image courtesy of Wikipedia


We've covered hot, cold and glowing ideas. What are your suggestions for entertaining the kids on the cheap?
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Why? Because fun doesn't have to be expensive
Cost: Under $2
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Balloons - kids can be entertained with balloons you can draw on them make faces have puppet shows they are lots of fun and cheap.
by desou (score: 0|7) 1339 days ago
Flea markets. We give the kids a few dollars and let them choose something to buy like a pre-loved book or cheap bangle.
by Debra Lidster (score: 2|851) 1707 days ago
imagination is the best toy....good on you
by moonh (score: 1|15) 1707 days ago
A bucket or two of water in the backyard with a few cups and whatever else you can find....everyone is happy and cool on a hot summer afternoon!
by gedfa (score: 0|3) 1702 days ago
Great list, thank you. For a hot day, a big bag of water balloons are quite cheap and plenty of fun. Also homemade bath bombs are easy to make and good fun for the bath. Plenty of different recipes online.
by spike (score: 1|10) 1702 days ago
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