Keeping Children Amused On A Budget – Guest Post

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Keeping the small person in your life entertained needn’t cost a fortune – which is good news with Summer Holidays starting!

If the sun is out, why not pack a picnic and head to your nearest park? Make some sandwiches and some squash, grab a blanket and a ball and you’re set for a good few hours of fun, at zero cost.

Don’t live near a park? No problem – how about a teddy bear’s picnic in the garden? Lay out a blanket (or old sheet!), some plastic plates & your toddler can have a ball having lunch with all their favourite cuddly toys.

Let your toddler take You for a walk. Doesn’t matter where, just set aside an hour or so and let your child take the lead. If you’re not in a hurry to actually get somewhere, you can take your time and let them stop every three steps to look at an interesting bug or pick up a leaf. You might be surprised at what you see through a toddler’s eyes!

Go to the library. Borrowing books is free – and if the weather isn’t great, letting your child take time to browse the shelves & reading a few stories while you’re there is a great way to kill an hour and provides a good wind down before naptime!

We all know British ‘summertime’ often includes a large portion of rain, but don’t panic – there are plenty of cheap and cheerful ways to keep the kids entertained indoors too.

Why not have a homemade cinema afternoon? You could make your own tickets, grab a torch and pretend to be an usher, pop some corn, and then snuggle up on the sofa with a favourite DVD.

For a tasty treat, why not bake some cupcakes? Little ones love to get involved – especially at the decorating stage! You could even just make up some icing and use it to decorate shop bought biscuits – a few cheap packets of sweeties will keep a toddler amused for ages making funny faces and patterns.

With a little imagination, you can easily fill up the holidays with lots of fun activities without breaking the bank. What’s your favourite free day out?

This Guest post was kindly provided by Leslie from


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