Does your preschooler need a break from his toys?

Need some activities for your kids to do while you make dinner (besides watching TV)?

Need another indoor activity for bad weather days?

Are you frugal like me and don’t want to spend a lot of money?

I have a few neat activities that just might be the solution for you and your preschooler. I went to our local dollar store and found three items that ended up providing MANY hours of entertainment for our four year old son:

  • box of toothpicks
  • bag of marshmallows

Total cost: $2

Toothpicks and Marshmallows: Building Creativity

Give a preschooler some toothpicks and marshmallows and you have yourself an open-ended creativity session. This is a fun activity to do with your child. Your child might be able to do this by themselves, with supervision of course.

I sat down with my son and we worked together to build parking lots for his cars, buildings that were several stories tall, race tracks, ladders, and random shapes.

When he plays with toothpicks and marshmallows at the table by himself, it freed me up to do other things in the kitchen (like make dinner). I call that a win-win situation!

Of course there was plenty of materials (marshmallows and toothpicks) left over to be used on another day, so the price is really right!

What other cheap and fun activities do your kids like to do? Leave a comment and share!

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