5 Family Activities that Don’t Cost a Thing
Let’s face it; most of our weekdays are booked after all the errands you have to run, the house keeping, going to work, paying bills, and balancing the checkbook. After all the busyness of your day, you’d just like to spend time doing something fun with your family; but there’s not a whole lot of time left in your day, and you’re saving that hundred bucks for a trip to the amusement park in a few weekends.
Luckily, you’re creative and know that family entertainment doesn’t have to cost money and time. But if you’re interested in more ideas to add to your bank of activities, maybe one of these will be something you’d like to use one day.
These delicious, paint-able cookies from Lisa’s Tasty Treats Cookbook are sure to be a big hit with you and your kids.
½ cup butter
1 ½ cup flour
Cream together all of the wet ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients together. Combine the two mixtures together to make a soft dough and chill for at least an hour. Like sugar cookie dough, roll it out on a floured surface and cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, and then bake at 350° for 6 – 8 minutes.
Frosting for the Painting Cookies:
2 tablespoons milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon whipped butter
Mix until smooth. Spread over slightly warm cookies. Make sure the entire tops of the cookies are covered. Let the frosting dry.
After the cookies are frosted, put drops of food coloring into separate dishes (a muffin tin works great) and dilute with an equal amount of water. Use clean paint brushes and paint your cookies.
Bring a little discovery to the table. Place toys in containers full of water and place them in the freezer. After the water has frozen, remove the blocks of ice from their containers. Supply your archeologists with tools such as spoons, chopsticks, and medicine droppers with warm water. Let them chisel away the ice to make an exciting discovery.
Find a few large cardboard boxes (grocery stores are usually happy to give away boxes) and have everyone in your family make their own car out of it. Cut out doors and use paint, markers, or glue on embellishments to make headlights, wheels, and knobs. Pop some popcorn, park your cars in the family room, and have fun imagining you’re at the drive-in movie theater while you watch a favorite family movie.
Family Photo Shoot
Capture some candid family moments with your camera. Go somewhere like the park, a candy shop, a grocery store, places around the city where you live, the beach, or the forest – anywhere that your family likes to go. Take pictures using these places as props and backdrops.
Using vinegar and baking soda to demonstrate an erupting volcano isn’t just for elementary school science projects. It’s sure to be an entertaining family activity. Take a small container, like a baby food jar, place a spoon full of baking soda in the jar, add a drop of food coloring on top of the baking soda, pour some vinegar in the jar, and watch the eruption. Add new dimensions of fun by choosing different colors of food coloring, setting up several volcanoes at once, or making a miniature volcano out of clay.
Having fun with your family doesn’t have to cost a thing. Have fun and involve your spouse and kids in planning free family activities to do together.