Hooray for Rainy Days! Inexpensive Art Projects for Kids

paint activities

What do you do with your little ones on rainy days? Do you maybe build a fort out of sheets or cuddle up and watch a movie? Why not make beautiful works of art made from finger paints! You don’t have any laying around? Oh, they are too expensive?  I have an idea! How about you make your own. I’m going to give you a few step by step recipes to get your craft started!

Homemade Finger-paints

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • 2 cups waters
  • Food coloring
  • Containers

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Budget Friendly Family Fun in Washington, D.C.


What do you do on a Sunday when you’re itching to get out of the house?  How do you find a low cost adventure?

In most cosmopolitan cities, it’s a struggle to find fun, and often free activities to experience with your family.

But, as the weather starts to warm up, why not take a walk through your neighborhood zoo?  Here in Washington, DC the Smithsonian National Zoological Park offers a free and expansive opportunity to create precious memories with your family and friends.

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park is one of the oldest zoos in the United States and sits on 163 acres of open land, strategically placed right in the heart of Washington, DC.  One of the great perks is that access to the zoo is open to everyone, and it is free to all patrons!  There is a small fee for parking in the Zoo parking lot (starting at $16 for 3 hours).

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How to Get Free Lego Products


We have all seen the posts for Free Lego Packs but sometimes aren’t prepared to take a trip to the local Lego store when we see it.  Here are a couple of hints on how to score great Lego Freebies and be prepared for when they are going to become available.

In Store Lego Freebies

Every month Lego offers and in store mini building kit for kids 6-12 years old that is free.  They have no limit to the number of kids that you bring…so this is great if you have a couple of kids that love Legos.  The trick with these is to start check out their Facebook page about the last week of the month.  These events usually take place between the 3rd and 10th of the month.  They are also usually on a Tuesday.  Recently they have been hosting them on the first Tuesday of the month.

When you arrive in store you should be prepared to not only arrive early and hang out, but arrive and see a lot of kids.  Since the Lego tables are open, you will see lot’s of kids hanging out and building.  Some stores give the kids a sticker to wear to show that they arrived for the event early. So check at the counter.

If you are in a Lego store after the day of an event, you can also ask if they had any left over kids.  I got lucky with this once…maybe you will too!

Lego Magazine

If you have not signed up for the Lego Magazine then you should.  Both my boys get the magazine and since we homeschool.  When it arrives we plan an activity the next day to build the Lego Build it sample they feature and also to explore and talk about what is in the Magazine. There are often games and activities in the magazines so this is a great thing to explore and read with the kids.  I like that both my kids get it for free.  They can also submit their own pictures of Lego creations that they have made.  My sons were inspired to make their own Lego magazine themselves which was just priceless!