Cheap Toddler Thrills
Frozen ice cube painting
Freeze washable paint in ice cube trays with popsicle/craft sticks.
Fill paint trays with soapy water to “paint” (aka clean) outdoor play toys.
Tin Foil River
Shape aluminum foil into a long trough. Grab the garden hose and race “boats” with any household items that float.
Fill several large containers with water & sprinkle flower petals to create a magical creation fit for fairies. Then “serve” to guests.
I Spy Alphabet
Using sidewalk chalk outside, write letters & numbers. As each number or letter is “found” spray water on the letter to erase it. Older kids can find words or simple math equations.
Pool noodle fishing
Cut foam pool noodles into 2-inch pieces to create small circles. Fill a small pool or large tote full and using a butterfly net, scoop up the “fish”. Different colored noodles can be used to help learn colors.