It’s now nearing the end of the summer holidays and the kids are getting just a tiny bit bored, most probably really bored. You have run out of ideas and money to do anything else with them so here is 5 frugal ideas to keep the kids entertained this holiday and you sane.
Geocaching is one massive game of hid and seek in a nutshell. I will explain where it came from and how you can do it. 160 years ago there was a game called Letterboxing,which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories. It was believed the first Geocaching was played in 2000 after the decovery of GPS.
So what is it, boxes are left in locations,inside the boxes are little treasures for you to find along with a notebook and pen for you to write that you found the box. how do you find these boxes? the best was is to download the app on your phone and it will show you on a map where abouts the boxes are. The app in free but if you do want to get the coordinates for the boxes you do have to pay,which is £4.?? for one month or £23.?? for a whole year. You don’t have to pay any money out for the app itself so if your up for a walk and have a few hours to kill go for it.
2. Stone painting.
This is more fun than it sounds, not only do you get to paint the stones you get to hid them for others to enjoy.
What do you need
Flat stones(we found these near our house.)
White paint (if your stones are not already white.)
Coloured paint or felt tip pens
A tiny bit of imagination
After you have designed your rocks you can got out into your local community and hid them for other to find,you never know you might just make someones day. Don’t forget to find your local rocks facebook page to see what others have made and found. Heres one we found when we went to a nearby town Camberley.
3. Go to your local woods/park.
We are very lucky to be surrounded by local walks that are only a short 5-10 minute walk away but there is so much to do there without spending a penny.
Bug hunt- lift up rocks,look under leaves and on trees just to name a few hiding places. Why not take a pen and paper with you and write down what you find.
Bird watching- Sit on a bench or ever the grass and take a look how many different birds you can see around you in trees and the sky.
Pond watch- Walk around the pond or lake and see what wildlife you can see, are there fish or maybe ducks,how many can you count.
Life drawing- Find ytyour self a little spot and draw what you can see it maybe a emormas tree or a wild flower you have found,dont forget some colouring oencils so you can all colour in your amazing pictures.
4.In store events
Hobbycraft and Pets at home both run in store workshops over the holidays that are FREE to go to, simply go to their websites below and sign up to which day and time suits you.
5. Blackberry picking
When I was a child and it was the summer holidays and we got bored we all used to go in a get a bowl and go blackberry picking and when we were done take them to our mums to make us a crumble. (I lived in a small close so all the kids used to play out together.) There are blackberries everywhere so shouldn’t be to hard to find but finding them adds to the fun.
For more ideas click here to take a look at my half tem on a budget post.
I hope you have found 5 frugal ways to keep the kids entertained this holiday useful and please do share your frugal adventures with us.
Emma and the girls x