1) Create activity grab bags with what you already have.
The most budget-friendly play possible is to buy absolutely nothing and instead utilise what you already have! Grab bags are perfect for summer play and better yet, once you've created them, they are ready to go whenever you need them!
Some ideas for grab bags:
Pop some playdough in a lunchbox along with some cutters and a small rolling pin.
A selection of animal figures and matching flashcards.
Print of draw a few cards with spots on grab some chickpeas. Use them to practice counting (see picture above).
Draw some shapes on a ziplock bag, add some hair gel and some buttons and ask your little one to push the buttons inside the shapes. This one is perfect because it is mess-free!
Add a handful of chickpeas and a dice into a small tub or bag. Roll the dice and show the same number using chickpeas.
Put a selection of items into a box along with some paint sample cards. Match the items to the nearest colour square.
Print some pictures or grab some out of a magazine. Cut them into strips and reorder them.
Grab some playdough and simple pictures like objects or animals. Use the playdough to recreate the items shown on the pictures.
Simply use a selection of lollipop sticks and blu-tack. Attach the sticks together to make a variety of shapes.