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Cheap Backyard Fun for the Kids

Jun 15, 2015 10:28AM ● Published by Face Editor

With summer vacation already here, your kids are probably already suffering from boredom. After the excitement and freedom of the end of school wears off, kids quickly get bored from the lack of routine and structure. If your own kids are spending more time playing video games than exploring the great outdoors, it is time to take action.

You do not have to spend a lot of money to keep the kids entertained all summer long. Most of these ideas cost only a few dollars, and many of them are completely free.

Use items from around the home and garage to create a fun obstacle course in the backyard. Challenge the kids to a race and give fun prizes to the winner.

Buy each of your kids some kite-making materials, then fly the end results the next time the wind picks up. You can find some great instructions for homemade kites on the Internet and at your local craft store.  

Enroll in a craft class. Craft stores offer a number of arts and crafts classes, and your kids can take the end result home to display. 

 Let your kids throw their own dance party. Ask the kids to download their favorite tunes and create a playlist, then get them to invite their friends over for a night of fun. They can dance the night away under the stars or turn the living room into an impromptu ballroom.

Watch the action at a local construction site. If a new building  is going up in your neighborhood, take the kids to watch the action. Little boys (and girls) are fascinated by construction equipment, and watching from a safe distance is a great way to spend a lazy summer afternoon.

Host a tea party. Grab your silver tray and fancy china and let the kids serve high tea. They can make their own tea party treats or help you in the kitchen.

Sign up for a hiking club or nature program. Exploring the beauty of nature is a great way to get the kids out of the house and away from the computer.

Make your own homemade instruments. You can make a rainstick with nothing more than an old paper towel tube, rice and some crumpled paper. Other homemade instruments are just as easy and inexpensive. The kids can put together their own band and even host concerts in the backyard.

Read about exotic places and other cultures at the local library. You may not be able to afford a fancy vacation, but the kids can still visit in their minds.
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