Summer fun on a budget: Crafts and other fun ideas for toddlers and preschoolers

During the summer months, you’ll be faced with rainy days or days where it is just too hot to go outside. Crafts are a great idea for keeping your toddlers and preschoolers entertained. Here are some of my favorite, budget friendly resources!

*These books by Trish Kuffner have been an absolute lifesaver in planning activities for my kids. They are available with free super saver shipping through Amazon and they are part of the “four for three” promotion (you get one book of equal or lesser value free when you purchase three participating titles).

*Websites with free or cheap ideas and printables:

DTLK – this is one of the first “kid” sites I discovered when my daughter was about 2 and we were working on skills like coloring and learing the alphabet – they have lots of great printables and kid friendly craft ideas

Enchanted Learning – lots of great printables and activity ideas for preschool-aged children and school-aged children – we subscribe to the magazine also, but you can get great kid craft ideas and kid friendly recipes online, too!

** is offering an instant $3 off your subscription when you subscribe today, so you get a year’s subscription for $6.95.

Make and Takes – I subscribe to this blog and love getting my “daily fix” of craft ideas and kid friendly recipes!

Make and Takes

No Time for Flashcards – lots of great, affordable, ideas for kid fun!

No Time For Flash Cards

*Websites where you can purchase craft packets or other activities for a reasonable price:

1-2-3 Preschool Projects – Order a sample activity for free or order themed boxes or activities for the entire month. Prices for the activity packets and boxes are affordable, but they do kind of “get you” on shipping. – lots of great preschool activities and ideas for making bags and swapping them with your friends

Oriental Trading Company – they have lots of great craft packets for preschoolers and school-aged kids. My daughter loves the “activities” I have gotten for her from here. Many of the activities come in “units” of 6-12 which means you can make things for family and friends or it provides a source of entertainment if you have a playdate. Don’t forget to order through Ebates to get 3% cash back (and a $5 bonus using this link if you haven’t signed up with them yet)