Living with kids can be really expensive. Even if you pop out to the local shop with them to pick up some milk, it is likely that they will see a barrage of magazines, chocolates and sweets that they want to have…
And don’t even get me started on after school activities and how much they can eat!
But should fun come with a price tag? Is it possible to have fun with kids for less than a fiver?
Let’s find out…
Wilson Field have issued a challenge to a group of bloggers – can we have fun for less than a fiver…
Family time is really important to us, and we often find ourselves looking for things to do outside of the family home without paying attention to what fun we can have without even leaving the house.
1. Cooking up a treat.
We grabbed our chef’s hats and our wooden spoons and launched into an afternoon of baking. We made biscuits, some tasty, some not. Eccles cakes, and an inedible pie.
We had a ball (although the clean up was extensive). The kids loved making food they could actually eat and most importantly we did it together.
Total financial cost: £4.32 (ingredients)
Time spent as a family: 2 hours
Time mum spent cleaning up: 12-16. (Flour goes everywhere)
2. Going on a monster hunt.
Adventure can be found in every aspect of life when you have kids, so harness their imagination and take them out hunting for monsters.
We tramped to the fields near out home, sourced large sticks and started pursuing monsters in the undergrowth.
We found monster pooh (terribly exciting when only small), evidence of a Bigfoot fire, and we scared ourselves witless telling tales of how the monsters would gobble us up if he found us.
We finished the afternoon with a cuddle and The Gruffalo story and everyone was smiling.
Total financial cost: £0
Time spent as a family: 4 hours
3. Movie magic
I know TV is supposedly bad for you, but movie nights at our house are great fun.
We make our own popcorn, pull the duvets from the beds, seal the curtains and settle down with five of us on a three seater sofa. We will all quite happily watched something recorded from the TV so we don’t have to spend pennies on the picture.
Watching TV may not be great, but the cuddles I get certainly are!
Financial cost: £1.94
Time spent as a family: 3 hours (longer if we watch Titanic)
So yes, in my opinion, you can have loads of fun for little or no money at all! Usually all kids want is for you to step away from the housework and give them your time. Not your money!
Other ideas for quick, thrifty fun activities include…
As soon as the sun shines, grab a picnic and hit the park. Join in on the swings and slides and have a ball.
Make a den: get all spare bed linen and towels and make additional spaces to sleep under cover.
Get on your bikes – literally
Play a board game (c’mon we all have hundreds).
Read stories together.
Make your own treasure hunt in the house.
Star in your own movie, use a video camera to film your daily antics and learn how to edit online.
Play tag (be warned it is exhausting).
Create a novel together.
Have an indoor disco, turn down the lights and go wild.
Go out for a run.
Play Mums and Dads (this is my daughters favourite).
Look up stupid facts on the internet – who can find the daftest?
Make paper airplanes and see whose flies the furthest.