I am a busy mom of 4. My kids range from 7 to 14. I began couponing when my older children were 3 & 5. That’s just a little background on my family. Teaching your child about coupons can start at an early age. My kids know what coupons are and how to use them. They started helping me at around age 3. Depending on their age, kids can definitely help us coupon and they are learning valuable skills along the way.
At 3, my kids could sort coupons for me (when I used a coupon binder). Also, beginning around 3 1/2 or 4 years old, while in the store, my kids loved having a “scavenger hunt”. I would hand them the coupon to use when we were on that particular food aisle. It was a fun game. As they got older, they would help out more. Cutting coupons with child safe scissors is a great way to get your child involved. Of course, this would be for older kids, since those bar codes are very important to keep intact.
At 2yrs old, the grocery store was a place they could learn colors, food groups, and counting. Even toddlers can play along!
At around 10-11 my kids would “guess the total”.
Starting early with couponing skills or money saving strategies is very important. Children will learn about the calendar, math, and saving money. The tools you teach them now will last throughout their life, so make sure to get an early start in coupon clipping with your kids. I remember as a child sorting my moms coupons for her. She had a small coupon box, and I thought it was so much fun categorizing them for her. When we were heading to the store I would watch her pull the coupons out to match the sale ads. See how much that impacted me?
Do your children help you coupon?
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My daughter loves to do art. Painting, gluing, drawing, coloring, it doesn’t matter, if it is a creative sort of activity she is all over it. The thing is, art supplies can get crazy expensive at the rate she blows throw them! If I were buying scrapbook and other art materials every week to replenish the supplies she uses, I’d be broke before any of our essential bills got deducted out of our bank account! Anyway, because of that I’ve taken to using things around the house that aren’t necessarily earmarked as traditional art supplies to keep our art cabinets well-stocked. Some of what we use are:
Toilet Paper Rolls. These can be turned into anything from binoculars to telescopes to wheels or even small animals. They can be painted, colored, cut up… the possibilities are endless!
Cereal boxes. Instead of banishing these to the recycle bin, we cut them up. The front and back make for a good sized canvas that’s stronger than paper, so it can hold up to gluing and paint better than plain scrap paper will.
Pasta. Macaroni and other shaped pasta has long been a standby in kid’s art. Large pasta with holes can be strung on yarn to make necklaces and bracelets. Older kids can glue colored pasta onto paper in patterns or pictures.
Old marker caps. Have a bunch of dried-up markers you’re about to throw away? My daughter picked through a pile destined for the trash when I wasn’t looking and started gluing the colorful caps onto her pictures. Since then I’ve saved the caps and tossed them in her “stuff to glue” art bins. I just make sure to keep them out of reach of her 1 year old brother, since they are a choking hazard to younger kids!
Fabric scraps. Are you a crafty person yourself? Do you have a bunch of fabric scraps sitting around? Cut some up into smaller bits and let your children use them in their art. It’s a fun way to add a little texture and color to other art supplies.
What else have your kids used in their masterpieces?