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10 Great Ideas for Frugal Family Fun

Make Home Exciting

Opportunities for low-cost fun abound in your community, but that doesn't mean you have to leave the house to find them. For example, your kitchen offers ample opportunities for creativity. Try ringing in an upcoming holiday by decorating cookies or cupcakes with your kids. Along with some great project-idea resources that can be found online, libraries and bookstores alike stock kid-centric cookbooks full of great ideas.

Not ready to venture into the more complicated kitchen projects? No problem. A classic graham cracker gingerbread house is easy to make without so much as turning on the oven, and it can be customized to fit any season [source: PBS].

And homemade projects don't always have to be edible; it's hard to resist playing with gooey, oozy slime at any age, and this classic toy is easy to make in your own home. Kids can also have fun with homemade playdough that comes together in minutes. Search online or on your favorite DIY site for recipes -- we tested a few for our article How Play-Doh Modeling Compound Works.

If you don't feel like making a mess, there are still plenty of other options inside the home. These days, everything old is new again: Try bringing out an old favorite board game like Monopoly or Clue that may not be familiar to younger members of the family.

But what if you just don't have the downtime for even the lowest-maintenance activities? Read on to find out how letting your kids break some rules can turn your chore-filled weekends into productive multitasking.