How to Transform Dollar Store Items into Activities Your Kids Will Love

posted: 05/02/16
by: Amanda Mushro

If you're looking for a few boredom busters for your kids, there's no reason to spend a small fortune on expensive toys. You know they're just going to play with the empty box anyway, right? To keep your kids happy and entertained (and hopefully give you a few minutes to yourself) all you need is a quick trip to the dollar store. Use these easy and inexpensive activity ideas that your kids will love.

Decorate a shower curtain

A shower curtain liner makes the perfect dry erase mat. I Heart Arts And Crafts adds that the best part of this activity is your kids can color over and over because the makers wipe off!

Make a hula hoop hideout

Create a reading nook or a quiet place to hold an outdoor picnic with this adorable idea from The Craft Nest. All you need is a sheet, hula hoop, a snack and a good book.

Paint the tub

What kid doesn't love playing with water? A Whimsical Life lets her kids paint their bathtub with inexpensive spray bottles, baby shampoo, and food dye. Let the kids spray the inside of the tub or a baby pool outside. With a little bit of water, everyone and everything is clean!

Create a pool noodle obstacle course

Get your kids moving outside with an obstacle course. With a few Dollar Store pool noodles and balls, Learn, Play, Imagine created a super fun and super inexpensive obstacle course that will entertain your kids for hours.

Try DIY bird feeders

No need to spend a lot of money on a bird feeders because your kids will love making this one. Whistle and Flute used string, cereal, and pipe cleaners to make this simple feeder.

Use ice eggs

With a few Dollar store toys, balloons, water, and a little time in the freezer, you can make ice eggs that your kids will love making and melting. A Little Learning even used the ice eggs for a little bowling fun.

Put your kids in a bubble

If your kids love blowing bubbles and chasing bubbles, they'll love being inside giant bubbles. All you need is a hula hoop, dish soap and a baby pool, all things you can grab at the Dollar store, to make the giant bubbles. Make and Takes suggests filling the pool with soapy water and placing the hula hoop inside. Have your kids stand inside the pool and the hula hoop as you slowly pull the hoop up, forming a giant bubble. Get your camera ready because you'll want to catch their surprised faces!