It doesn't take much to thrill a kid. In fact, it's often the "small stuff" that makes for the most meaningful childhood memories: your mom pulling off the road to let you climb a tree, being allowed to jump on a hotel bed, splashing wildly in mud puddles in the rain… The best part? Many of these kid-charmers are low-cost or even free.
In that spirit, here's a collection of simple, cheap, memory-making activities that are sure to be a bright spot in your child's day – and yours!
Here are some examples of the games, but you'll have to click on BabyCenter to be find the game description.
13 months old
• Under Cover
• Books on Board
• Fun Land at Home
• Shake Your Shaker
14 months old
• Block Party
• Mirror Me
• Monkey Motions
• Bag of Tricks
Here is another link in BabyCenter with a list of games from Baby to Preschool.
Here are some example "cheap and fun" games from the above link:
5 cheap and fun baby activities
Let 'er rip
Maybe it's that pleasing shredding sound or maybe it's the satisfaction of making a permanent change in something, but babies love to tear up paper. So plunder your recycling box for magazines or junk mail – when you see that gappy smile on your baby's face as she gets to work, you won't even mind the mess.
5 cheap and fun toddler activities
Hop a freight
Toddlers love transportation, especially if it's a departure from the same-old-same-old car seat. Check out your local airport or hospital – many have a free shuttle or tram that you can ride as often as your little one's heart desires. If you don't usually travel by bus, check your local bus system and take a spin around town, enjoying things from a thrilling new vantage point.
5 cheap and fun preschooler activities
Bathing in the pink
Or the green, or the blue… A few drops of food coloring can go a long way toward making bath time something special. It's especially fun to mix a couple of primary colors together, such as blue and red to make purple. And no, your child won't emerge from his bath looking like a grape – a few drops of food coloring diluted in a tub of water won't dye your child's skin.