Have a blast with your kids—for free
The next time the kids are whining “I’m bored!,” try one of these no-cost solutions: Create a “slip and slide” from a large sheet of plastic, baby shampoo and the hose. Assemble carnival games from household items―a ringtoss made with a hula hoop and stuffed animals, a bowling game using empty 2-liter plastic bottles. If you have a camcorder, get the kids to shoot their own movie. Have them brainstorm on the script, collect the props and film the action. Later, gather the family with a bowl of popcorn to watch their creation.