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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
*Water
*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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Ever since I was younger, I have loved the Fourth of July. It is one of the only times in the year where fireworks are blazing and hotdogs are eaten in dozens (and I absolutely LOVE hot dogs!) I am also fascinated by fun facts, so I was particularly excited when I learned all of this about the special day that we celebrate as the birthday of America. How many of these fun facts did you already know? Perhaps your children can impress all your relatives with their new-found facts when you’re all together celebrating this July 4th!

8 Fun Fourth of July facts

  1. The Declaration of Independence was not fully signed until August 2nd. 
  2. Massachusetts was the first state to recognize Independence Day. (Good job Massachusetts.) 
  3. Other Countries also celebrate July 4th. Including England, Denmark, Portugal, and Sweden. 
  4. We eat about 150 million hotdogs on the 4th of July. 
  5. Independence day was not recognized as a national holiday until 1870. 
  6. 3 US Presidents have died on July 4th. (John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe,)
  7. Fireworks have been used to celebrate our independence basically since the beginning. 
  8. Americans spend $167.5 million on watermelon each year on July 4th. 

How does your family celebrate the Independence Day? Here are 10 creative ways to make it fun– and to give you something to work on all week!

10 Creative And Fun Fourth of July Ideas

  1. Easy eraser stamp t-shirt by Cutesy Crafts. 
  2. Mess-Free Star Painting by Toddler Approved.
  3. How cute is this Uncle Sam mask by Fantastic Fun and Learning? 
  4. Firework ring also by Fantastic Fun and Learning.
  5. Bald Eagle crafts by Homeschool Preschool. 
  6. Red, Rice, and Blue Candle by Today’s Creative Life. 
  7. Jello Firecrackers by Kraft.
  8. Edible Firecrackers by Surviving a Teachers Salary.  
  9. July 4th Smores dip by Delish.
  10. Dish Brush Fireworks by Crafty Morning.

Also, be sure to check out Six Activity Ideas for Fun Fourth of July Family Celebration!

Comment below if you made any of these! Or, better yet, share your pictures on Instagram or Facebook and tag @TeachDiligently or use the #TTDJuly4. I can’t wait to see your creativity in action!

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July 4th

Next week, we will celebrate the 241st birthday of America’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence. For many of our families, that means extra family time in the days ahead, so I wanted to pass along some fun ideas for how your family can make the most of your extra together time!

(Click on any of the headlines to link to blog posts explaining the ideas noted.)

1.  Make a Fourth of July hand print craft.

This is extremely cute, and it would be easy to do this with the whole family. How fun would it be to repeat this year after year to watch how much your kiddos have grown? 

2.  Make shaving cream fireworks.

Looking for a messy craft that anyone can do and doesn’t take many supplies? Here’s an idea you’re family will definitely want to explore! 

3.  Host a Water Soaker Paint War

Ok, so this not specifically for Fourth of July, BUT our family agrees this idea can be modified to be a perfectly fun activity for old and young kiddos alike. For the younger ones, go ahead and create art. For our teens, though, I’m envisioning old t-shirts and an epic battle all over our yard, creating our own works of art on one another. No matter how you apply this, family fun WILL be had! :)

4.  Balloon Ping Pong with Paper Plate Paddles.

This is an idea our family took to a camp where we served last summer in Poland. Teens and elementary kids alike had a blast with this! We all made our paddles, decorating them to our liking. Then we blew up a ton of balloons and let the games begin. This is a super fun and totally easy idea to incorporate anytime.

5.  Fourth of July Scavenger Hunt

Either by using the free printable linked here or coming up with your own clues and ideas, this is a great way to hang out together on July Fourth AND could be a learning tool if you’re feeling especially homeschool-y right now.

6.  Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

You may want to find some fun audiobooks for July 4th. If your family is traveling around the holiday, audiobooks are a great way to make the time go faster– and to enjoy some good stories along the way! Our family often travels with our Audible audio books in tow.

If none of these ideas inspire you, we have an entire Pinterest Board FULL of many more! Check it out here.

 

From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy Fourth of July! We have much to be thankful for in America, and I hope we never lose sight of the many blessings God has bestowed upon us all!

 

I hope you’ll post pictures if you try any of these ideas! We’d love to see them. Simply tag your pictures with #TTDFourthofJuly, and let us see how much fun your family had this week!

 

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This article was originally posted in March of 2012.

Are you getting as excited as I am?  We are just a little over a week away from attending what I believe will be the best homeschool conference of the year.  When my husband and I first found out about Teach Them Diligently several months ago it was a no brainer – of course we would go.  The speaker lineup is amazing, and the workshops are sure to be inspiring and educational. We went to a couple of homeschool conferences last year with all 6 of our little ones in tow.  While homeschool conferences are wonderful for us homeschooling parents, they are a little difficult on the kiddos.  They are required to sit quietly for an hour or two.  That’s not so bad, but then they have to do it againand again..and you get the picture.  That is a lot to ask of a small child who has a difficult time being still and quiet. There are a few things, however, that you can do to make life a little easier at the conference with your children.

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1.  Take potty breaks before you go in.  

2.  Don’t stress out if you miss part of the session.  There will be recordings you can purchase at the conference.

3.  Make Quiet Activity Kits/Bags for your Children.  This has been one of the most worthwhile things I’ve done to prepare for a conference.  Following these guidelines will help keep them entertained and quiet during the sessions.

  • The bags should be small and soft enough so there isn’t a lot of noise while the child is digging through them.  A cloth lunch sack or lunch box will work well.  Even a Ziploc bag will work great for this.  I keep the smaller bags in a backpack that I carry around and hand them out at each session before it begins.
  • If possible include items that the child has never seen before.  They don’t have to be expensive.  You can get many great items for this at the Dollar store or at the Target Dollar Spot.
  • The toys/items should be small, quiet, and not messy.  Items like play dough, whistles, and wind up cars wouldn’t work very well.  Some great items to keep little hands busy and quiet are Silly Putty, crayons/paper, small puzzles, Rubix Cube, small car(although mine would make car noises if they had these), and Wikki Stix.
  • Also include age appropriate/non messy snacks.  Snacks will help to keep little mouths from talking while listening to the speakers.  Something that won’t make crumbs is a good idea, and try to avoid common food allergens like nuts as a courtesy to the next family that may sit there next.  Think small here, one piece of gum or 1 sucker, a few teddy grahams or cheerios PER session will be fine.
  • Switch out the items between sessions.  There are 3 days worth of awesome speaking at the Teach Them Diligently conference, and we wouldn’t want those little ones to get bored.  Drop some extra items in your bag and swap them out when you get a chance.
Hopefully this will help you prepare as the time gets closer.  See you there!

Holly Syx is a Christian, homeschooler, blogger, coffee lover, wife to 1 awesome hunk & 6 little kiddos call her mommy.  Holly and her family will be onsite at Teach Them Diligently with their Homeschool in Minecraft platform, SKrafty.

For more ideas on traveling with kiddos, check out our Pinterest boards and make sure you follow Teach Them Diligently on Pinterest while you’re there!

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

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 TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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