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29 Cheap Ways To Keep Your Kids Amused This Summer With These Dollar Store Finds

Summer is coming, and as a parent you may feel the pressure of keeping restless, homebound kids amused. Well, fear not because here are some easy and rather ingenious ways to do exactly that. Best of all? This stuff can be picked up from dollar stores, so you don’t have to spend a fortune. You’re welcome.

#1. Set up your own ice cream bar by storing toppings like crushed Oreos and candy sprinkles in shaker jars.

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#2. Use cornstarch, food coloring, water, and a cheap vegetable tray for a colorful activity.

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#3. Create a charming birdbath with a serving tray and bowl that your budding explorer will love.

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#4. Have washable dry erase markers and a clear vinyl shower curtain ready, and leave your little Picasso to do his magic.

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#5. Another thing you can do with a clear shower curtain — make a grid with some tape for a pumped up game of Frisbee tic-tac-toe.

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#6. Organize a mini Olympics on the beach or in your own backyard with dollar store items.

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#7. Make an epic obstacle course out of pool noodles right in your backyard.

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#8. Catch water balloons with a colander attached to a helmet. It’s guaranteed to make a splash!


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#9. Draw a target on the ground with chalk and throw wet sponges at it for a fun game of bull’s eye.

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#10. Plant a garden using dollar store tools, or even bury toys for a treasure hunt.


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#11. Assemble an ‘art box’ using dollar store art supplies.

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#12. Make chores fun with these ‘chore baskets’.

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#13. Use dollar store baskets to make cute bicycle baskets.

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#14. Another way to use dollar store baskets — for organized outdoor play.

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#15. Use hula hoops to create your own croquet field.

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#16. You only need a dollar store mold, Cool Whip, and Nutella to whip up these yummy popsicles.


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#17. Create a cool magnet and chalk board by painting a baking pan with chalkboard paint. It’s perfect for those long summer road trips.

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#18. Make ice eggs with frozen dollar store toys, and let kids chip at them to free the items.

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#19. Create a doll swing out of stackable bins.

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#20. Fill a cheap hanging shoe organizer with fun items to make road trips a lot more bearable for kids.


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#21. Create your own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumes with dollar store roasting pans and spray paint.


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#22. Make a cool water sprinkler out of a pool noodle.

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#23. Keep ‘busy bags’ packed with dollar store items as an easy boredom-buster.

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#24. The carnival is not in town? No problem. Create your own backyard carnival with dollar store supplies.

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#25. Camp in the backyard with a hula hoop and sheets.

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#26. Make your own arrows out of suction cups for some backyard archery.

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#27. Create your own lanterns using jars, dish detergent, glitter, and glow sticks.

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#28. Take your bubble game to the next level with a hula hoop and dish soap.

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#29. Keep your kids cool during playtime with these cool necklaces made out of wet sponge.

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So there you have it folks, we hope you have a fun-packed summer!

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