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What are some fun, cheap activities to do with the kids?

Head-chef for the night:
Let your child be in charge of dinner, with you as her helpful assistant. Let her decide what is for dinner. Some suggestions: Pita pizzas, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches and for dessert why not jelly or ice-cream or both!
Camp in:
Take advantage of a dark and dreary day. If your child is complaining of being bored, why not suggest that you go camping in the living room.  Make a “tent” with sheets and blankets draped over chairs. If you have sleeping bags, dig them out or just lay blankets and pillows on the ground.  Tell stories and sing songs around an imaginary camp-fire.
Kid’s choice day:
Let your child “run” the day. She can make important decisions as to what to eat, what show to watch and what activities to do. Let her know in advance when it’s going to happen and give the ay a special name. (It might be wise not to plan this for a school day so as to avoid power struggles with your child’s teacher.)
Treasure hunt:
Send your child on a treasure hunt, right in your own house. It does take a little preparation but the excitement is worth it! Give him a note that says, look in the fridge or give him a clue as to where it could be hidden. 

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