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Frugal Fun for Kids

Posted: 09/21/10 4:00 AM (Modified: 09/21/10 4:00 AM)

Before I was ‘Money Saving Queen,’ I was a preschool teacher. I have a degree in Biblical Studies and when I graduated, I decided to go into Children’s Ministry. With very limited resources, we had to be frugal about our art activities. I quickly learned how to use ordinary objects and turn them into fun activities.

I’ve shared the following recipes before in various posts but I wanted to bring them back just in case a few of you missed them. Feel free to post your own frugal fun activities in the comments!

Shaving Cream: Pick up a bottle of the .97 Colgate shaving cream at Walmart, spray it out on a cookie sheet, grab some cars (or barbies) and have fun! Want to make Shaving Cream Paint? All you have to do is add a little glue to the shaving cream (food coloring too for color), let the kids paint and it will dry stiff.

Homemade Finger Paint: Out of paint but need an activity in a hurry? It’s easy to make your very own washable finger paint!

Cheap Sensory Fun: Fill any size baking dish with rice or beans and let your kiddos drive cars through them, use cups and spoons to play in it as well. This is a great sensory experience for the kids and it’s lots of fun! (Watch out for small kiddos though as the beans/rice could pose a choking hazard).

Homemade Playdough: This is also fun and easy, plus you can store it in the fridge to make for a longer shelf life.


1 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tartar

Food coloring


1 cup flour


  1. Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
  2. Remove from heat and add flour.
  3. Stir, then knead until smooth (let it cool a bit). The cream of tarter will make this last so be sure to use it.
  4. Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag. I like to keep mine in the fridge although it’s not required to do so.

If you’ve got a recipe to share, feel free to post it in our comments!

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Sep 21, 2010 06:13 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Where do you get the cover to go over his clothes?

Sep 21, 2010 06:58 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I bought it at the dollar store years ago, I believe they sell them at Hobby Lobby too.

Sep 21, 2010 09:40 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

On the homemade playdough...instead of using food coloring I use a box of jello with the other ingredients! It gives it a smoother texture, great color and yummy smell!!!

Sep 21, 2010 10:35 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I too have a children's ministry degree with a Bible degree! How cool. Where did you go to school? I went to Central Bible College in Springfield MO. I have to add that you can also use pudding. Color vanilla pudding in a cup with food coloring and finger paint with it. For the little ones, they can eat it and it's okay. It dries fine too. Fun, fun!

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