Kids Frugal Fun: Boredom Busters for the Winter Months

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Winter months brings more time spent inside. With kiddos that can mean a lot of together time! Finding projects to do inside with the kiddos without breaking the bank can seem impossible. But there are many things you can do inside that are FREE or really cheap by using items already in your house!
Homemade Play Dough is probably our favorite project to do at home! Using items you already have in your pantry; flour, salt, oil, cream of tarter, food coloring and water you can mix together some fun time cooking with the kiddos but also hours of fun playing with their new play dough! You can make any color you want and with your cookie cutters and a few utensils, you can spend all day creating funny snowmen, wordy letters, silly faces and even scenic beaches- wishing for warmer weather!
Creating your Own Bookmarks is another great FREE project! Everyone has those paint color card stripes laying around the house after one of their painting projects. Then grab a few scrapbooking die cuts to make some fun shapes, markers or crayons, stickers or ribbon to decorate your stripe anyway that you want. Then grab your favorite book and cozy up next to the fire with some cocoa and read to the kiddos!
We all use this, so we should all have plenty of these left over! Grab a few of  those empty toilet paper rolls and some construction paper, ribbons, markers, glue, glitter, etc. and make your  very own imaginary creature. Add wings, horns, curly hair or whatever you want to make the funniest creature you can think of! This is so much fun to let the kiddos really think outside the box and be as creative as they want!
Grab the shaving cream and let the kiddos hang out in the tub to graffiti the walls. We love adding a few drops of food coloring to my hubby’s shaving cream and grab some paint brushes to paint our favorite art on the tub walls. We can then wash it all away with the shower head and then create a new one! I do have to warn you this project can becoming very addicting to your kiddos and you may have to change the water several times due to their water going cold!

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Elf on the Shelf: Coloring Away Our Day!

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elf on the shelf coloring bookBuddy the Elf felt the need to do a little coloring last night! Our little Elf has some fun talent!

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Elf on the Shelf: Plays with Shopkins

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elf on the shelf playing with shopkinsOur little Buddy the Elf ,made some friends this time that did not tape him to the wall! They had a great time with the Barbie Mega Bloks house with Shopkins and Hello Kitty!

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Elf on the Shelf: Toys Will Be Toys & Tape You To The Wall!

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elf on the shelf taped to the wallBuddy the Elf may have made some new friends and they may have taped him to the wall!

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Elf on the Shelf: You Better Be Good, Santa’s Watching!

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elf on the shelf santas watching candy message

Buddy the Elf made sure that after a few attitudes and not following directions from the kiddos, he wanted to send a special note letting my girls know they are being watched! Funny how Buddy the Elf can have a huge attitude adjustment with just a few pieces of candy!

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Elf on the Shelf: Marshmallow Bubble Bath Time!

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elf on the shelf marshmallow bathBuddy the Elf needed a break apparently and took a marshmallow bubble bath in the bathroom sink! Silly guy!

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Elf on the Shelf: Do You Want To Build A Snowman

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elf on the shelf build a snowmanelf on the shelf do you want to build a snowmanDo you want to build a snowman! Buddy the Elf found some of our over-sized marshmallows and and decided to build a snowman on the counter!

Apparently even wanted to add some “real” snow with the powdered sugar!

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Elf on the Shelf: He Tried to Brush His Teeth!

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elf on the shelf toothpaste in bathroomBuddy the Elf left some fun faces and a messy counter after trying to brush his teeth! elf on the shelf toothpaste

I guess this little guy is going to be full of energy and sneaky, messy encounters for the next few weeks!

My girls think he is completely crazy but get a great laugh out of his actions each day!

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Elf on the Shelf: Funny Messages on Bathroom Mirror

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Elf on the shelf bathroom mirror mess

Our little Buddy the Elf left our girls some great messages last night! “Elf’s Rule” and “Santa is Watching” was the talk of this mornings car ride to school for the girls! They were so excited to tell their friends that the Elf is here!

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Elf on the Shelf Hits Our House- 2015!

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Elf on the Shelf 2015 ImagePrint your copy here of my Elf on the Shelf schedule to see what our crazy Elf will be doing this year while checking on my kiddos and reporting back to Santa!Don’t have your own Elf on the Shelf yet? Grab one here and get started with a new fun tradition with your family!

The Elf on the Shelf has quickly become a family tradition each holiday season! Allowing parents to get a little extra help keeping the kiddos on their toes; behaving, doing chores and having fun finding their Elf! Santa sends each Elf out into your home to be the eyes and ears for Santa to help keep names on the naughty and nice list in check!

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