A Simple Idea for Spending time with Your Kids While Spending No Money

Lisa and I both work from the house, so finding things to do with our son can sometimes be a challenge (like hanging out during the summer months). We have lots of great churches in the area that provide VBS during the summer, but we don’t want to ‘over VBS’ him – because it IS summer…and its ok for him to be bored…just a bit.

This idea happened during the summer, but you really could do it anytime.

One afternoon he and I were hanging out while Mom was working, and we decided to find a letterbox. Letterboxing is like a scavenger hunt in your city where you find hidden boxes filled with rubber stamps and a notepad. You stamp their notepad, and also use their stamp to stamp your notebook. Then you hide the box again for the next person to find! (Here’s more info making it clearer, and no that isn’t the idea, but letterboxing is free too)

We found one that was hidden close to our mall, so after finding it, we decided to grab something to drink inside.

On a whim, I thought it would be fun to do a scavenger hunt in the mall. I made a quick list of 10 things that I thought we might be able to find, and then we searched thru the mall to find them.

We didn’t buy anything, we merely checked each item off our list when we saw the ‘thing’.

Here was our list:

  1. A Green Shirt
  2. Someone wearing flip flops
  3. a Red “R”
  4. Mickey Mouse on Something
  5. Basketball (picture or real)
  6. Something that looks like a fire
  7. Unwrapped Straw
  8. Something Pink in a bottle
  9. Tennessee Titans Logo
  10. Beanie Boo

The Beanie boo was the most difficult thing because he wanted to buy one. Also, it took us a while to find Mickey, but then we went to the Hallmark store. Then we found several…and just marked down how many we actually saw!

So there is a quick fun idea that didn’t cost anything other than a drink in the food court – and really, you don’t even need to do that.

It’s one of those things where you are spending intentional time with your child and making a memory in the process. Lots of fun, and really easy. And the list can be anything you can come up with off the top of your head.

About Stu Gray

Stu is a voiceactor and Audiobook Narrator based in Nashville, TN. He is husband to Lisa and a Dad to the coolest 11 year old on the planet. He is a book lover and Batman Fan.

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