33 Activities Under $10 That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer

33 Activities Under $10 That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer

Because you don’t want to hear them whine about being bored.

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1. Put coloured tape on the carpet to make roads for your kid’s toy cars.

Put coloured tape on the carpet to make roads for your kid's toy cars.

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The tape comes up easily when you’re done.

2. Tape can also be used to create a fun outdoor board game.

Tape can also be used to create a fun outdoor board game.

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3. A couple sponges and a box of chalk are all you need to turn your driveway into a bull’s-eye target game.

A couple sponges and a box of chalk are all you need to turn your driveway into a bull's-eye target game.

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4. You can also use chalk and some of your kid’s old clothes for this bit of summer fun.

You can also use chalk and some of your kid's old clothes for this bit of summer fun.

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Exploding Paint Bags turn your sidewalk into a work of art.

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These are totally kid-friendly and can be made with items you likely already have in the kitchen.

6. Paint on wet glue with food colouring.

Paint on wet glue with food colouring.

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Save lids to cottage cheese, butter. Cool Whip for “canvases.” Learn more here.

7. Use leftover bubble wrap to make Stomp Paintings.

Use leftover bubble wrap to make Stomp Paintings .

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Kids will get a good laugh while exploring their artistic side.

8. DIY a throwing tarp.

DIY a throwing tarp.

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5 Fun Sand Castle Crafts That Kids Adore
Every mom knows the frustration of seeing a child's sand castle masterpiece swept away by the waves and the tears that follow. Now kids can have fun with these sand castle crafts just by using sand, water and cornstarch. Sand Sculpture Materials:   3 cups of sand ("play sand" from the hardware store works if you don't have "beach sand")   1 1/2 cups of cornstarch   1 1/2 cups of water   Newspaper   Old cooking pot   Large spoon   Instructions:   Mix the ingredients together in the pot.   With the help of a grownup, cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly.   When it gets thick, take it off of the stove and let cool.   Once it is cool, use the spoon to turn it out on the newspaper.   Now you can make it into any shape you like, let it dry, and keep your creation forever!   Tips: A quick spray lubricating spray helps the sand pop right out of the sandcastle molds. A hole poked into the top of the sandcastle mold also seemed to help. To make the sand castle crafts pop out perfectly, the trick seemed to be packing the sand mixture into the molds tightly and leaving an air space at the open end of the mold and slamming the mold down hard onto the plate....the extra air helps pop the sand right out. Permanent Sand Castle Materials:   2 Cups sawdust   1 Cup wallpaper paste powder   1 Cup water   Sand castle molds, cans or paper cups   Forks, knives and spoons   Instructions:   Mix sawdust and wallpaper paste powder with your hands in a large bowl. Add water and stir until it mixed well.   Pack the mixture into a mold, then carefully take it out. When you're done, let it dry in a sunny place for a few days.   You can decorate the sand castle crafts with sea shells or paper flags.   Clay Sand Castle Crafts Materials:   Pictures and/or models of real castles and sandcastles (the decorative sand castles sold at Hallmark are ideal)   Chart...

Tarp, rope, scissors, marker, tape… Play ball.

9. Build a tower out of cut-up sponges.

Build a tower out of cut-up sponges.

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It’s either a quiet indoor activity or wet outside game — you decide.

10. Make a river in the backyard out of tinfoil.

Make a river in the backyard out of tinfoil.

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11. Tape a paper towel roll to the wall to keep toddlers busy.

Tape a paper towel roll to the wall to keep toddlers busy.

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Toddlers will drop the pom-poms into the bowl over and over. Develop their fine motor skills in the process.

12. Some pipe cleaners and a colander will also keep toddlers occupied.

Some pipe cleaners and a colander will also keep toddlers occupied.

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13. Burlap (from a gardening centre) can be used to make a preschooler-appropriate sewing station.

Burlap (from a gardening centre) can be used to make a preschooler-appropriate sewing station.

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This one is great for developing fine motor skills too. Find the how-to here.

14. Preschoolers can also continue to learn how to draw letters with this easy-to-make sugar-writing tray.

Preschoolers can also continue to learn how to draw letters with this easy-to-make sugar-writing tray .

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15. Have a campout indoors.

Have a campout indoors.

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Kids will have fun crafting their “campfire” too.

16. Experiment with water marbles.

Experiment with water marbles .

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Buy a 2-ounce pack for $7.99 here.

17. Make alien bubbles with this cool science experiment.

Make alien bubbles with this cool science experiment.

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Dry ice and bubble solution (along with some stuff you likely have around the house) are all you need.

18. Another super-cool science experiment lets kids extract DNA from strawberries.

Another super-cool science experiment lets kids extract DNA from strawberries.

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Learn more here.

19. Super-fun balloon rockets also teach an important science lesson.

Super-fun balloon rockets also teach an important science lesson.

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Kids learn the concept of “action and reaction” while having a blast.

20. Pencil erasers and a marble make a surprisingly addictive at-home bowling game.

Pencil erasers and a marble make a surprisingly addictive at-home bowling game.

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Find the how-to here.

21. Well-placed yarn is all you need to let your kids get their Mission Impossible on.

Well-placed yarn is all you need to let your kids get their Mission Impossible on.

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22. Play “Escape the Volcano” to teach kids about colour recognition, shape names, counting. More.

Play "Escape the Volcano". To teach kids about colour recognition, shape names, counting. More.

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Find instructions and templates here.

23. Put a bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds.

Put a bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds .

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24. Make a bowl of popcorn and challenge your kids to play the Popcorn Olympics.

Make a bowl of popcorn and challenge your kids to play the Popcorn Olympics.

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Find a list of popcorn games, like “straw blow” and “distance throw,” here.

25. Paper plates, Popsicle sticks. A balloon are all you need to play Balloon Ping-Pong.

Paper plates, Popsicle sticks. A balloon are all you need to play Balloon Ping-Pong.

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The best part is that this fun indoor activity can be enjoyed without breaking anything in your house. I should say, “Probably without breaking anything.”

26. Painter’s tape and some balled up newspaper are all you need for this “sticky spiderweb” activity.

Painter's tape and some balled up newspaper are all you need for this "sticky spiderweb". Activity.

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27. Turn an old box into an indoor slide.

Turn an old box into an indoor slide.

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This one needs lots of parental supervision, obviously.

28. Make a Rainbow Bubble Snake from materials you undoubtedly already have around your home.

Make a Rainbow Bubble Snake from materials you undoubtedly already have around your home.

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29. DIY a giant bubble wand.

DIY a giant bubble wand.

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Learn how here.

30. Fill balloons with Play-Doh to create a brand-new toy experience.

Fill balloons with Play-Doh to create a brand-new toy experience.

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31. Crayons and sandpaper are all your kids need to add their own design to a white T-shirt.

Crayons and sandpaper are all your kids need to add their own design to a white T-shirt.

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Find out how here.

32. Cut a pool noodle in half to make a marble track race.

Cut a pool noodle in half to make a marble track race.

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Find the tutorial here.

33. Pool noodles can also be used to make a backyard obstacle course.

Pool noodles can also be used to make a backyard obstacle course.

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Find more fun and safe ideas for pool noodles here.

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