Category Archives for "Frugal Kid Activities"

June 1, 2012

Frugal Kid: Donut Day Crafts

June 1st is National Donut Day so I couldn’t resist doing a craft around this yummy holiday! Don’t forget about FREE donuts this day too!

 

National Donut Day-Math With Donuts

Materials:
Card Stock
Glue
Hole Puncher or Scissors

Directions:
1. Using the donut template here, cut out donuts and icing from card stock (save the “holes”).

2. Using a hole puncher of your choice, create the “sprinkles”.
3. Label the donut holes with numbers and have your child add that many sprinkles to the donut icing.

4. Glue the sprinkles and icing the donuts and you now have a number matching game!

Educational Acitivies:

      • Math: 1. Discuss the word dozen with your child and practice making piles of a dozen items (toys, shoes, crayons,etc). Then talk about a baker’s dozen and the difference between them both. 2. Create math problems with donut toppings or mini donuts (you can use cheerios as mini donuts).
      • Language Arts: 1. Use the book Arnie, the Doughnutand discuss the character, character feelings, and the different vocabulary found in the book. 2. Make a whole week out of things with the letter D (obviously including donuts).
      • Body & Mind: 1. Play hide and seek with the paper donuts. Create different colored donuts and have your child locate the color you yell out to them. 2. Play the game Learning Resources – Smart Snacks Mix and Match Doughnutsto help your child work on their memory skills and creativity.

Thanks Mom on Dealz!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

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Memories: Traditions

This series on how to make the most out of the time you have with your children is brought to you by Amee at Madame Deals and Sharon at Mom on Dealz.

   I love to create traditions. I have a wonderful friend that shared her tradition with me for Father’s day. She would go to the store and buy two poster boards. She would cut out the letters A and D. Then she would take pictures of her children holding the letters each year for Father’s day. We now do this every year and the kids really enjoy getting involved. I let them pick the color of their letter and even decorate it. We will be buying three poster boards this year since we will have three children decorating the letter. I know it is something both my children and my husband appreciate and it is very reasonable. It is also a wonderful gift that we will all treasure for years to come.

You can see the personalities of our children in the first photo! Then in the second was the one I begged for. Then I took pictures of them each with a letter. I can’t wait to do this years they have grown so much in the last year. They are already planning how they want to decorate their letter. I usually turn the pictures into black and white photos and use them to make my husband a mug.

 

 

 

Memories

This series on how to make the most out of the time you have with your children is brought to you by Amee at Madame Deals and Sharon at Mom on Dealz.

 

My 3 year old recently mastered riding a bike by himself and is beyond proud. This has in turn made my 17 month old want to do the same thing. Obviously we just let him on the tricycle. It is so funny to watch him try because he can’t even reach the pedals yet! Going on bike rides this Spring has already created so many cute and funny memories and I can’t wait to see how many more we will get to make. Taking a bike ride with the boys allows us family time, learning moments, and just a nice break from everyday routines.

When is the last time you took the family on a bike ride?

We are currently on the lookout for a new helmet for my 3 year old. If you are in the same boat, here are a few we found:

Frugal Kid – Military Thank You Bookmarks

May 19th is Armed Forces Day and since we should all be appreciative of our military, I thought it would be nice to do a craft based on this holiday!

Military Thank You Bookmarks

I was told that soldiers overseas read a lot so I thought it would be nice to make some bookmarks that could help them keep their place while reading!

Materials:
Card Stock
Crayons
Clip Art
Glue/Mod Podge

Directions:
1. Cut out bookmarks from white or colored card stock.
2. Have your child color and decorate them, including a “Thank You” Message.


3. Cover the completed book marks with Mod Podge to protect the homemade gifts.

Educational/Other Activities

  • Language Arts: Have your child create thank you cards to go with the bookmarks.
  • Science: Discuss magnets and their properties. Then create a magnetic picture frame to honor a soldier your family knows.
  • Create A Care Package: Include the book mark and other needed items for the soldier. Some frequently requested items are deodorant, snack mixes, ziploc bags, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sunscreen, phone cards, etc.

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

 

Memories: Game On

This series on how to make the most out of the time you have with your children is brought to you by Amee at Madame Deals and Sharon at Mom on Dealz.

  We are a sports family. We love to watch sports. I have to say I have geared our children towards one team. If they decided not to attend that school I would only cry for four years if they didn’t attend our University. It is where I met their dad.

We make memories by watching our favorite teams play. We make finger foods and we do the cheers. It is really fun for even our littlest fan who can already do a mean Gator Chomp. I love spending time with our children and involving them in something that we enjoy has provided for years of memories now and memories for years to come. We also have the opportunity to teach them about the games, rules, and objectives. We talk about team work and about working toward a goal. This knowledge has transferred to our son he has applied it when playing team sports.

 

Memories

This series on how to make the most out of the time you have with your children is brought to you by Amee at Madame Deals and Sharon at Mom on Dealz.

 

Making Memories-Leaving Your Kids With Someone Else-Seems like a contradiction uh?

This week I wrote about traveling without my kids and how hard it was for me since it was my first time away from them. However, it gave my children some valuable time with their dad and grandparents. They were able to make some crafts, play outside, read books, and just do everyday activities with them that they normally miss out on doing. Plus my mom has an amazing camera so I am looking forward to the pictures they took and hoping to take advantage of the free 8X10 canvas print offer happening right now.Everyone had a terrific time and it even seems I was not that missed! While I missed them terribly, and despite my time away being a business trip, I did get some Mommy time which is crucial to any parent’s patience level.

So, have you left your kids with someone lately?

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