13 cheap (but genius) ways to keep kids busy when they’re bored

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7. Cowboy up
Give your kids a little hand-eye coordination practice by creating spinning targets for their nerf guns. All you need is a trifold display board, some markers, and skewers. The kids will stay entertained by finding a target for their foam bullets that don’t include your arms! Check out the instructions from Frugal Fun 4 Boys.
8. Make your own water paint
It’s almost ridiculous how easy this is (and you can use what you already have at home. Grab all of your dried out markers, small containers (with lids) and water. Put water in each container allowing the markers to stand upside down until you get the shade you want. Check out this tip from Growing a Jeweled Rose.
9. Make salt crystal feathers
Your kids can grow their own crystals on a feather. The best part: you don’t need any fancy ingredients. These crystals just use salt, water, and fake feathers (you can usually find these for a few bucks at a craft store). Check out the simple trick from Schooling and a Monkey.

10. Make a water bottle sprinkler
Keep the kids cool and entertained without spending tons of money on a sprinkler! Grab an old plastic bottle and poke (medium-sized) holes all over. Slide the hose into the mouth of the bottle and turn it on.
11. Iceblock treasure hunt
Hit up the dollar store for a bunch of cheap toys the kids will enjoy. (You can make several with age-appropriate toys). Freeze the toys inside a bucket/bowl of water and then let the kids get them out using a spray bottle, paint brushes etc. Check out this cool idea from Macaroni Kid.
12. Ping-pong shootout
This super cute idea lets kids get a little wet (water guns) and work on their hand-eye coordination. You’ll need ping-pong balls, cheap water guns, and some golf tees. The idea is to have the little ones shoot the balls off the top of the tee with water. You could make more than one and turn it into a race. Check out the full idea from Planet of the Aples.
13. Nighttime bowling
Take some leftover water bottles and fill them with tap water. Crack a bigger glow stick and toss it inside the bottle. Seal the lid. Set up 10 for fun night-time friendly bowling pins.
If your kids are bored this summer, let them try out one of these fun ideas! Make sure to share them with your friends on Facebook too!
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