Since we’ve been having so many snow days lately, I just knew that I couldn’t have Sonny just play video games or watch TV all day. Besides spending time with him coloring or playing make-believe, we did a cool activity with some of my expired coupons.
He needed to practice cutting anyway, so I figured why not make it into a game. I gave him part of an expired coupon insert and had him cut out all of the coupons. Then, I had him take out the ones that had the number 2 or the number 5 on them. He then pasted the coupons on a piece of paper and I let him put it up on the fridge for Dad to see when he got home. He was so excited to tell him about the new game he played with mom.
Afterwards, I thought about how versatile this idea could be. If you want to focus on letters, have the kids look for the letter S(save 1.00 off), G or B(buy one get one). Or, if you have older kids, have them cut out the coupons and tell them that you want them to save a certain amount of money on a grocery bill. Have them pull out the correct amount of coupons to reach that goal. For example, if you want to save 10.70 on an order, then they need to pull enough coupons to reach that; 2 .35/1 coupons, 4 2.00/1 coupons, etc.
I thought it was cool because it got him out of my hair for at least 15 minutes between the cutting, going through the coupons to look for the numbers, and pasting them on the paper. He also asked to do it again next “stay at home” day. I call that a win-win in the book of Mom.