These cost-effective substitutes to store-bought toys should keep your kewpie occupied!

3 cheap alternatives to toys

There are loads of activities that will provide oodles of fun for your child and cost you next to nothing. You’ll be amazed to see how your little one can be entertained for hours without his normal stash of playthings.

1. Food for tot

As the mercury rises, cool off with your cutie with this easy, tasty treat. Dip fresh strawberries in Greek yoghurt, place on a baking tray and pop them into the freezer. Minutes later, you can enjoy a healthy snack. Be ready for things to get messy when junior tries dipping the berries in the yoghurt, but he'll have so much fun learning about food along the way.

2. Liquid pleasure

Let the games — the water ones that is — begin. Instead of investing in a water gun, fill balloons with water, tie them tightly, and then teach your mini-me how to throw them at someone (preferably not you). Round up the kids around the neighbourhood for a splashing good time!

3. Stuck on hue

For quiet days indoors, offer your little one pages to colour that you can download and print for free from various websites such as Educational Coloring Pages and Coloring Book. They have a collection of fun themed pictures, including Angry Birds, Cars and Peppa Pig.

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