Friday, October 9, 2009

Playtime: Be Creative With Affordable Solutions

I am currently off from work on Friday's, so today I decided to take a walk over to Target. It is funny how since having Sarah I now automatically make a bee line right over to the children's section. Before Sarah it was always over to furniture and home goods first. Clearly the latter does not happen much nowadays especially since most of our knick knacks keep getting pushed into storage bins and other solutions out of reach from Sarah.

Today was no different. Right to the kids section I went. I noticed a matching cards game that I first contemplated getting for Sarah. I then remembered that a while back in the dollar section I bought two boxes of cards with various objects including animals and fruits, and realized for the fraction of the cost of an actual matching game, I have a solution that has more cards, is more cost effective and more fun. So, definitely keep your eyes peeled for educational options that may not seem so obvious and could be a great deal of fun.

As mentioned in a previous post on ways to save money on kids clothes, toys, books and such, in addition to consignment stories, swap meets, flea markets and yard/garage sales, there are indeed ways to make games out of must less costly objects that already live in your home.

How many times have you heard a parent say that his or her child played endlessly with a big box that a toy, diapers or something else came in, plastic containers, or pots and pans with ladles to make music? These types of objects can create adventures for our little ones and lots of laughs too.

I say, have fun and be creative with your little ones. Look around your home and see what you can find that can fun and entertaining without too much cost, little maintenance and a whole lot of fun for all.

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