Keep your kids entertained all summer with these 20 Dollar Store ideas

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6. Water Sensory Bins

Just add water to turn a simple bin and some small toys into cool, refreshing sensory play. Glue Sticks & Gumdrops recommends you turn it all into a science lesson by adding different colored ice cubes to the water.

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7. Kickball Croquet

Put pieces of dowel, skewers or even sticks from your own yard into the ground as stakes. Then, as per Inner Child Fun, bend pool noodles and place them onto the stakes to create large croquet wickets. Kids can kick a beach ball, soccer ball or other small ball through the hoops.

Inner Child Fun

8. Drip, Drip, Drench

A small pail of water and a clean sponge turn Duck, Duck, Goose into a fun water game. As the child who is “It” walks around the circle, they will drip a little water onto each friend’s head, saying, “Drip.” When they choose the “Goose,” They squeeze all of the water onto that player’s head, say, “Drench!” and run for it.

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9. Sponge Bucket Relay Race

Small containers and sponges from the dollar store are all you need for this boredom-busting activity. Split a group of kids into teams. One player on each team holds the bucket while others run a relay race with a wet sponge that they squeeze into the pail. The first team to fill their container wins.

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10. Ice Block Treasure Hunt

Freeze several small toys in a plastic container filled with water. Give kids small hammers or spray bottles filled with warm water. When they free a toy from the ice, it is theirs to keep.

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