Thanks so much to Deana at The Frugal Homeschooling Mom for writing this guest post!! I recently found her site and absolutely love it!! Make sure to stop by and check out her site here. You will find tons of useful information!
Deana at The Frugal Homeschooling Mom writes a blog for frugal mothers of preschoolers who are interested in homeschooling, now and/or in the future elementary/middle/high school years. She is a stay-at-home mom to a 3 year-old named Laynie Grace. She has a unique perspective on homeschooling because she used to be a Master-level teacher in the North Carolina public school system. Deana provides tips for living abundantly on a small budget, including how to homeschool free or as cheaply as possible, free stuff, giveaways, product reviews, field trip reviews, and good deals. She also provides information for those who are figuring out why to homeschool. Visit her and join her on her journey as she shares all she’s learning about homeschooling and living the frugal life.
Here’s some of my favorite ideas for “homemade fun” (or just click the link to see all of them)!
Art: Try this homemade decoupage mix – - Mix equal parts of white crafting glue and water. Use to layer your favorite paper or drawings onto whatever flat surface you like! Leaves a smooth finish when painted on lightly.
Music: Experiment with Pitch: Fill several identical glasses with varying amounts of water. Gently tap the side of each glass with a metal spoon (the parent does this part, of course!) Talk about which sounds higher or lower. Try adjusting the water levels to see what happens.
Field Trip: Visit your favorite park, but instead of your regular routing, take paper and paint (and a few baby wipes for clean-up!). Use things found in nature (sticks, leaves, pine needles, rocks, etc.) to paint a picture.
Pretend Play: Create your own dress-up jewelry: bracelets can be made by cutting a slit down an empty paper towel roll and then into 1-inch strips, then decorated. Necklaces can be made with painted macaroni and string. What other things do you have around your house that can be magically transformed into jewelry?
Toy: Make colored ice cubes by mixing food coloring or Kool-Aid mix with water. Let your child play with them in the bath tub or a basin, and watch the colors swirl and mix as they melt.