Fun & Simple Games for Parents on a Budget

I was so broke 12 years ago that I would just go to sleep at night to quell the hunger pains.

Money was scarce since I had just quit my job, and I was still figuring to generate opportunities for my new business.

I had to be creative and thrifty with anything I chose for my daughters. Here are some of our favorite cheap, fun, and engaging solutions that I found for play.

#1 Bubbles
By far the cheapest and simplest game. The beauty is in its simplicity.

#2 Hula Hoops
This one was a little tougher to enjoy since they still had to figure out how to hula properly. But even the learning was fun.

#3 Chalk
Our favorite. My father’s driveway became their canvas. I created a game that allowed me to teach them their numbers, colors, and shapes in an immersive experience.

#4 Paper Planes
Give a kid some paper and show them how to fold it; they’re off and running for hours. Eventually, they start making modifications to get their planes to do weird things or fly farther.

#5 Frisbees
Frisbees were a late addition to our toolbox of activities. I had to teach them how to catch and throw properly to enjoy the game. This required that I break down each process and then explain it effectively. Their hand-eye coordination steadily improved over the years as a result.

These are just a few of the many games we played and enjoyed.

This past weekend, we threw a graduation party for my oldest daughter, and I insisted on having bubbles on every table. Seeing adults and kids playing with the bubbles made my heart happy.

It was a small way for me to relive their childhood. Despite having few resources, we made some beautiful memories.

Teevee Aguirre

Teevee is an insanely funny and humble man who has traveled the world in his mind at least a dozen times since his imagination began to bloom at the tender age of 31. You can find him making a dent in the universe by sharing his lessons on parenting, marketing, manhood, relationships, leadership and whatever else tickles his fancy.