- Laundry baskets make ideal boats. Outfit with throw pillows, books, and blankets as well as a little exertion (i.e. pushing) you can give a child a wonderful high sea adventure;
- If the energy level is high, put the laundry basket at the end of the hallway and have a toss game. Use tennis balls or rolled up socks;
- Build a fort with chairs, blankets, pillows and other odds and ends;
- Play hide-and-go-seek. It is a great way to work on counting with pre-school aged children, and guarantees giggles. Caution, avoid this in public places. Kids can hide well, sometimes too well. We only do this one at home;
- Fill up the bathtub and toss in plastic containers. Filling, pouring, dumping can yield a solid 45 minutes of play....just stay in the bathroom with them!
Image by M. Gustafson Gervasi, 2012, -- recent fort constructed by my children.
You can't tell, but they are hidden underneath with a stack of library books. This keeps them busy for hours!
I love the creativity that comes from them, but a warning.....when structures tumble meltdowns are likely.
I think I know what Frank Lloyd Wright's mom felt like some days.
These are the five most common ones used in our frugal home. How about you? Leave a comment and share your ways to enjoy children without breaking the bank!