15/ Collect interesting leaves and take them inside to paint, then press onto brown paper to make wrapping paper.
16/ Get your biggest cooking pot and fill it with water and take it outside for water play. For younger kids, play with measuring cups and funnels and for older children, get them to fold up paper boats to see which ones float.
17/ Collect interesting rocks from your garden and paint them and add googly eyes, to make cute rock pets.
18/ Look up playgrounds in your area which have basketball courts. (eg. see these playgrounds in Canberra).
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19/ Make little treasures boxes using materials from around your home. See here for details.
20/ Make a Lucky Dip Activity Box for your kids. See here for details.
21/ Find clothes that they have grown out of and cut them up into small squares to make fabric pieces. Glue them onto cardboard to make a collage picture. Frame the good ones!
22/ Cut potatoes in half and create potato stamps. Stamp onto blank cards to make cheap birthday cards for family and friends.
23/ Create a play-doh challenge. Ask your kids to build an animal, fruit, vegetable or building and see what they come up with. If you have two kids, get them to compete with each other to see what they can make in 2 minutes!
24/ Make a plastic cup piggy bank. Get a plastic cup and trace around the mouth of the cup onto pink paper. Add "flaps" to the outside and cut out. Fold the flaps in and tape it to the mouth of the cup. Draw on a face and add googly eyes. Add feet, ears and a pipe cleaner tail. Cut a hole in the top of the cup to put the money in. See image below.
31/ Cover your dining table with a large sheet and create a private "quiet area" underneath the table. Make it comfy with pillows and they can retreat to it when they want a break.
32/ Wrap empty cereal boxes and boxes from your pantry in wrapping paper to make organisers for your child's room. Get them to decorate them with their favourite stickers.
33/ Make an obstacle course inside your home with placemats as stepping stones and cushions to jump over. Time them and see if they can get faster!
34/ Fill the bath with all their toys that float and have a bubble bath.
35/ Blow up your summer paddle pool and fill it with balloons for a balloon pool party!
Did you find any ideas? If you have any more, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and share your tips. As parents, we can never have too many cheap, affordable or free ideas! Which ones will you do today?