Remember all those Kraft coupons which were available not too long ago? I used the $1/3 Jell-O pudding coupons at the Double Dollar coupon sale at our local grocery store to buy a number of boxes of pudding for pennies per box.
In addition to making some , I used the pudding last week for a creative homeschool project. We mixed up some of it, donned some of Daddy's old t-shirts, and used it as finger paint.
In addition to just letting them play and draw and have fun with the finger paint, we also practiced writing the letters we're currently working on.
And then, since the finger paint was edible, the girls got to make pudding mustaches, too!
It was a fun activity–and it only cost a few pennies! Who says fun can't be frugal?
::If you don't have extra pudding on hand, you can also make finger paint with Kool-Aid (see instructions ) or corn syrup and food coloring (see instructions ) or corn starch, sugar, and food coloring (see instructions ).
::I'm hoping to try and soon. Do you have any other links to frugal, fun, and educational activities for toddlers?
Many of you have asked for more specifics about what we're using for homeschool curriculum. We're doing the this year for our homeschool lessons and we're thoroughly enjoying it. It combines the best of Charlotte Mason's philosophies of education and Classical education and teaches it all from a Biblical Worldview.
Not only have I found this curriculum to be academically strong, it's fun–as learning should be, especially when you are 2 and 4 years old. The girls are loving it and they often beg if we can please "start doing school" as soon as they get up in the morning. I hope they never lose their excitement!
In addition to My Father's World, we also add in lots of extra reading from and great classic read-alouds (we're reading through the Little House on the Prairie series right now) throughout our day because we just can't get enough of good books around here! We've found along with our local library to be excellent sources for very inexpensive or free books.