Four cash-saving ways to entertain the kids with sand and water this summer

CHILDREN love nothing more than playing in the sand and water in the summer.

You may spend a small amount of money on plush toys, but little ones will enjoy a homemade one.

Four money-saving ways to entertain kids with sand and water this summer


Four money-saving ways to entertain kids with sand and water this summerCredit: Getty

So save yourself some money with these ideas. . .

DONE FOR ONE PIT-TANCE: No need to buy sand pit if you don’t want to. Freecycles usually have a lot of them waiting to be picked up.

Try asking your local Nextdoor group ( to see if any are available.

Or check out the B&Q website at in the ideas section. But even just filling a large plastic box with sand is a great start. B&Q has a 138 liter clear box with lid for £18.

Then just fill it with play sand. Smyths toys offer great value in a 15-litre bag for £2.99.

TOOLS OF TRADE: You don’t need expensive accessories. With water, you can use anything to scoop, pour, or spray — from empty shampoo bottles to bath toys.

As for sand, clean old yoghurt jars are perfect for castle practice, and a potato masher is great for crushing and flattening things.

KEEP IT CLEAN: Fill a large plastic container with water and lots of bubbles and have the kids wash their toys.

Avoid anything with batteries, but doll clothes, toy trucks, plastic tea sets, and toys are all washable. In theory, one arrow hits two targets. In fact, the kids could end up making even more mess.

And close by. Never leave a child alone near water, even if the water is very shallow.

POOL LIFE: Playing with water can be more than just splashing water around.
Building a small pond to attract wildlife will open up a whole new world of wonder for your child.

Ponds can attract frogs and newts and can also be feeding grounds for birds, porcupines, and bats.

You can learn how to make a small pond with a large bowl at

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Be brave enough to face the costs of a half term by going to McDonald’s, where kids can get free face paint this week.

The chain is only asking for a small donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charity as part of a £1 million fundraising drive to help more families with hospitalized children.

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CHILDREN get free meals at Bill’s restaurants this half term.

Up to two children can get the all-day offer from Monday, May 29 to Friday, June 2, when an adult orders any main course from the breakfast, lunch or dinner menu .


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