2. Surveys online (look for the link on the button below). I know you have seen these post before but I am not selling any pay your rent schemes or making $200 extra a month. Just a little extra money built up over time that can cover supplies. It takes 5-10 minutes of TIME for each survey and only get $3 for each one but other time this allows me to save up for supplies that we might need without spending any money out of our family budget. Pinecone research allows me to be paid through amazon gift cards, which is a great place to find the supplies we need.
3. Use your public library for books. Sometimes we forget that we have a great resource for learning right in our neighborhoods. Some even have music time or toddler time where they can gather with other kids.
4. Free public events like free admissions to zoo, museums and community programs are great ways to add to learning. Lots of communities even do free garden plots, which is a great way to teach through hands on learning and get produce at the same time ;)
5. Dollar store or dollar section, best places for paper, stickers and glue. Keeping this cost down is probably the easiest to do. Check thrift stores too!
6. Start a "joy school" with others and split the cost of supplies and materials with the group. Keep track of the materials by placing them in a bin for easy sharing and organization.
Use what you have! Toys they already have can be added to any sensory bin, toilet paper rolls can create a number of things, as well as paper plates. Boxes can become cars, tunnels and even a space stations.
Hello, I'm Lindsey
A wife to hubby pursing higher education, a mother to two energetic kids, obsessed with all things farmhouse vintage and believer that food always taste better when it is shared.