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As fall is now upon us, it is the perfect time to spend time with your families outside. On October 5, the world celebrates frugal fun day! Who better to spend this day with than your family. Here are 10 ways to get out of your house on a frugal fun day! (And any other day for that matter!)

  1. Take a Stroll Downtown. If you live anywhere near a nice downtown area, I would suggest taking your family and just enjoying a few hours walking the streets of your downtown. You will be surprised at how many gems you find on your walk. 
  2. Go to a Fall Festival. Many churches and cities have fall festivals with hayrides, s’mores and more. 
  3. Go to the Park. Though it may seem simple, a day at the park may be the most fun thing in the world. Bring a picnic and enjoy the cool fall weather. 
  4. Go Apple Picking. Apple picking is a relatively inexpensive way to spend a day all together. Plus, a lot of orchards offer hayrides and other fall fun activities for your family to enjoy.
  5. Go to a Farmer’s Market. Farmer’s Markets hold so many treasures. You can find fresh food, homemade gifts, gorgeous plants, and so much more. Farmer’s Markets are a great way to spend time with your family. 
  6. Go Thrifting. Visiting a thrift store is some of the most fun you will ever have with your kids. Let each kid pick out 1 or 2 things to bring home as treasures from your adventure. 
  7. Go on a Hike. Whether your hike is in the mountains or just in the city somewhere, a hike is a great way to get your whole family outside. Bonus, a hike can also count as a fun field trip, especially if you’re studying botany, visiting a historic site, etc.  for your hike.
  8. Go to the Zoo. Many zoos have fall festivals that you can enjoy with your kids. The zoo is also a great way to sneak a school day in. :) 
  9. Visit a New Restaurant. Many restaurants have a fun fall seasonal menu items that are always worth a try. A lot of cities have fall food festivals where you are able to experience the restaurant for cheaper. 
  10. Go Geocaching. Geocaching is a fun scavenger hunt held all around the world. People will hide little gifts/papers and the geocacher has to use the geocaching app to follow the clues to find the prize. For more information on geocaching click here. 

Now that you have plenty of things to do, you really have no excuse to stay inside on October 5th. Post pictures of your Frugal Fun adventures with the hashtag. #TTDFrugalFun or tag us @TeachThemDiligently. Have Fun!

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Summer is a great time to hang out outside with your friends and family. But on those days where you are stuck inside, summer boredom can sometimes set in. Here is a list of a few boredom busters for you and your children.

Painting Rocks Using Crayons

Have your kiddies head outdoors and find as many smooth rocks as they can. Have them color the rocks all over with as many creative designs as they can think of. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and preheat oven (while kids are coloring) to 225 degrees and place rocks all over a baking sheet for about 3 minutes. The results are really neat and worth trying. The wax melts but doesn’t come off if you let them cool completely. I found this fun boredom buster over at The Country Cottage Chic.

Make Homemade Gak

This boredom buster is great for those gloomy rainy days or those days when the heat of the day is just too much for you to want to be outside in it.

Have you ever made Gak? It’s a ton of fun and kids will get a kick out of it. You can even make a variety of colors for a more stimulating experience. Ingredients are easy to come by. We found a great recipe on Lil Luna All you need is:

*large mixing bowl
*Two bottles of Elmer’s Glue
*1 Tsp. of Borax
*Plastic Cup
*Food Coloring

Check out Lil Luna for instructions and more ideas.

Let’s Go Geocaching!

If you and your family are on a strict budget but want to find fun and free activities to do with your family, have you ever tried geocaching? This one I have never done but would love to give a try. My brother in law and his family do it often. It sounds pretty intriguing. What exactly is geocaching? It’s basically like a treasure hunt and a popular outdoor recreational activity. Here is an accurate description as by Wikipedia:

“A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook (with a pen or pencil). The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little financial value, although sometimes they are sentimental. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.” ~Wikipedia

Marshmallow Shooters

This looks like a boredom buster blast! Basically, all you will need for this fun activity are cake pop container, balloons, mini marshmallows, and scissors. Now, what do you do? Cut the bottom part of your plastic cup, tie a knot at the end of a balloon….want more details? Visit Coffee Cups and Crayons for more details.


We’d love to hear from you! What fun things is YOUR family doing this summer to do away with any summer boredom? Leave a comment below, and

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Simple Thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers foster celebration and motor skills. Little guys are highly visual and love hands-on activities. Don’t be shy about using this approach.

Here are a few ideas to try with your preschooler. Remember, sometimes it’s okay to be messy. Messy is fun! It’s the process, not the product, that’s important.

Paper Turkeys

Begin with this easy paper turkey. Here are the materials you will need:

  • Multi-colored feathers (can be found at any craft and hobby shop)
  • Brown, orange, red, and white construction paper
  • Black marker or black Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Glue

If you know your child gets frustrated with the cutting process, pre-cut the pieces. Have the parts ready to assemble onto the little turkey bodies. Be sure to pre-cut the eyes, wattle, and beak. The turkey body can take any shape you wish, including the one in the picture above.

Have your preschooler glue on their turkey parts and presto – a cute paper turkey. If you make one in advance for them to see, remind them not to worry about making their turkey look exactly the same. Their effort, and the fun they have while creating, matter more than the appearance of the final product.

Make the experience  more exiting for older pre-K’s and elementary ages. Foster fine motor skills when you let them trace the eyes, wattle, and beak. Allow them to cut out the shapes. Hint: the less fine motor control a child has, the larger the tracing templates need to be.

It’s okay if they don’t turn out perfectly. These imperfect first attempts will provide fond memories for years to come if you laminate the final products.

Handprint Turkeys

This is a fun but messier craft activity. Your preschooler will get a kick out of this one. You may experience a few giggles during the process. You will need:

  • Construction paper (red, brown, or yellow)
  • Fall color paints: red, yellow, orange, and brown
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Paintbrushes

I like to get a paintbrush for each color that I will be painting on their hands. It may also be a good idea to have a small basin of soapy water on the table for quick hand clean ups when you are done.

Use brown paint to cover the entire underside of the palm and create the turkey body. Then, paint each finger a different color. This process may tickle and cause giggles and squeals. Grab a video camera to catch some of the laughter to playback next year for more giggles.

After the hand is ready to print, press down onto your desired construction paper color and press firmly. Dip those little hands in the basin of water you put out ahead of time to save yourself extra clean up!

After the turkey has dried, add on googly eyes and write what your child is thankful for in each feather. Laminate these projects for adorable Thanksgiving place mats. If you want more than one hand on the construction paper, you can paint both hands.

Sugar Cornucopia

This has been a definite hit with my preschoolers in the past. This fun to put together, yummy treat makes a great Thanksgiving Day table favor.

Gather your  cornucopia supplies:

  • Sugar Cones
  • White Frosting (edible glue)
  • Fruit shaped fruit snacks, Runts Candy, or fruit shaped cereal
  • Craft Stick

Place the white frosting in a small plastic bowl and use the craft stick to spread the white frosting inside of the sugar cone. After that has been completed, stick on the fruit shaped items and let set until frosting has hardened. This is a quick little edible craft. The results are awesome!

Egg Pilgrims

In addition to a few hard-boiled eggs, you will need these supplies:

  • Googly Eyes
  • Black Construction Paper (Boy Pilgrim)
  • Coffee Filters (Bonnets for Girl Pilgrims)
  • Glue
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Egg Carton
  • Yarn

After the eggs have been boiled and cooled, stick into individual egg carton holders. You can cut these apart or choose to leave them whole. Cut out little pilgrim hats from construction paper. Black top hats for boys and little bonnets out of coffee filters for girls. Glue on desired color yarn for hair. Then, glue on hats. Attach the googly eyes and let dry. Draw on the nose and mouth with a Sharpie marker.  You will have cute little egg pilgrims to decorate your table.


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According to Holiday Insights website, tomorrow, November 2, 2017,  is National Make Your Wife Dinner Day, so we wanted to make sure you dads had plenty of time to prepare and plan!!

Just for fun, we wanted to share some of the Do’s and Don’ts we found for you dads when you make your wife and the family dinner tomorrow evening, but never fear, we also have a hefty dose of motivation and even some helpful recipes to get you on your way.

The official rules of Make Your Wife Dinner Day, according to our in-depth research on the subject (On the single website we could find.). :)

  1. The Most Important: Women cannot assist in the meal. Even rookie male cooks need to do it all by themselves, to gain a sense of accomplishment.
  2. No take out or prepared foods are allowed
  3. No grilling allowed. You have to branch out a bit, guys.
  4. If you’ve never cooked before, make it simple. If you like to cook, do something challenging.
  5. Prepare something that your wife will like.
  6. The meal must include a dessert. (May we suggest easy to make Jello? Add a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry to score a beautiful presentation she’s sure to enjoy!)
  7. You must clean up all the pots, pans, and mixing bowls used in preparing the meal.

If you are still hesitant about whether or not to participate in this holiday here are some motivations.

  1. You love your wife, and this would be a great help for them.
  2. This would be a fun bonding experience with your children.
  3. You could earn brownie points.
  4. You could learn some new skills.

Ok, So you have decided to participate and become the best husband ever. But you have no idea what to make. We have your back with these easy ideas and recipes:

  1. Make Spaghetti. It is an easy, delicious, and quick meal that everyone loves. Dad’s Spaghetti Recipe.
  2. Make a Soup. There are hundreds of different types of soup to choose from and with soup you can customize and experiment with different flavors. Plus, it’s fall! Fall is a great time of year for soup.  List of Easy Soup Recipes.
  3. Make Fresh Pizza. This is a super fun thing to make with your children– and you can knead and toss the dough pretending to all be professional chiefs. Super Easy Fresh Pizza Recipe
  4. Make Chicken Pot Pie. Chicken pot pie is easy to make and fun to say. :) Chicken Pot Pie Recipe.
  5. Or make your wife’s favorite meal.

We hope that both you and your family enjoy this fun day. We’d love to hear all about it! Leave us a comment here or share a picture on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #TTDDadsMakeDinner. One family using the hashtag will be selected to win a family registration to your choice of Teach Them Diligently event!!

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Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on

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