29 Low-Cost Ways To Keep Your Children Entertained This Summer From The Dollar Store

Summer is coming, and as a parent you may feel the pressure of keeping restless, homebound kids amused. Well, fear not because here are some easy and rather ingenious ways to do exactly that. Best of all? This stuff can be picked up from dollar stores, so you don’t have to spend a fortune. You’re welcome.

#1. Setting up your own ice cream bar by putting toppings like smashed Oreos and candy sprinkles in shaker jars.

Hi Sugarplum!

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#2. Using cornstarch, food coloring, water, and a cheap vegetable tray for a colorful activity.

No Twiddle Twaddle

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#3. Create a charming birdbath with a serving tray and bowl that your budding explorer will love.

Dollar Store Mom

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#4. Have washable dry erase markers and a clear vinyl shower curtain ready, and leave your little Picasso to do his magic.

I Heart Arts n Crafts

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#5. Another thing you can do with a clear shower curtain — make a grid with some tape for a pumped up game of Frisbee tic-tac-toe.

A Turtle’s Life For Me

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#6. Organize a mini Olympics on the beach or in your own backyard with dollar store items.

A Small Snippet

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#7. Make an epic obstacle course out of pool noodles right in your backyard.

Developing the Whole Child

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#8. Catch water balloons with a colander attached to a helmet. It’s guaranteed to make a splash!

Parties 4 Me

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#9. Draw a target on the ground with chalk and throw wet sponges at it for a fun game of bull’s eye.

Mamas Like Me

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#10. Plant a garden using dollar store tools, or even bury toys for a treasure hunt.

Growing a Jeweled Rose

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#11. Assemble an ‘art box’ using dollar store art supplies.

Creative Connections for Kids

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#12. Make chores fun with these ‘chore baskets’.

The Fox 104.9

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#13. Use dollar store baskets to make cute bicycle baskets.

Creative Capital B

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#14. Another way to use dollar store baskets — for organized outdoor play.

Momnivore’s Dilemma

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#15. Use hula hoops to create your own croquet field.

Crafting Chicks

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#16. You only need a dollar store mold, Cool Whip, and Nutella to whip up these yummy popsicles.

52 Kitchen Adventures

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#17. Create a cool magnet and chalk board by painting a baking pan with chalkboard paint. It’s perfect for those long summer road trips.

Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles

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#18. Make ice eggs with frozen dollar store toys, and let kids chip at them to free the items.

A Little Learning for Two

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#19. Create a doll swing out of stackable bins.

Karen Mom of Three’s Craft Blog

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#20. Fill a cheap hanging shoe organizer with fun items to make road trips a lot more bearable for kids.

Burlap & Denim

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#21. Create your own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumes with dollar store roasting pans and spray paint.

Beautiful Crafts

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#22. Make a cool water sprinkler out of a pool noodle.

Ziggity Zoom

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#23. Keep ‘busy bags’ packed with dollar store items as an easy boredom-buster.

Dollar Store House

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#24. The carnival is not in town? No problem. Create your own backyard carnival with dollar store supplies.

Morena’s Corner

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#25. Camp in the backyard with a hula hoop and sheets.

The Craft Nest

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#26. Make your own arrows out of suction cups for some backyard archery.

All Things Thrifty

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#27. Create your own lanterns using jars, dish detergent, glitter, and glow sticks.

Creative Green Living

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#28. Take your bubble game to the next level with a hula hoop and dish soap.

Dollar Store Crafts

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#29. Keep your kids cool during playtime with these cool necklaces made out of wet sponge.

The Tiny Funnel

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