Just saying the word budget kind of makes ya cringe huh?! Working with a budget in Activity days is tricky sometimes. I have received some emails asking about our budget. I will share with you my wards budget and I hope this doesn't create any hurt feelings. In my ward we have 2 groups totaling 16 girls. We get 45 cents per girl per activity for our budget. We also have been told not to use our own money! That is the hardest part for me. But the reason for this is to make it so that the person after us doesn't feel like they have to spend their own money to do fun activities. We also get a $75 budget for the mother/Daughter and Daddy/Daughter activity.
To work with these guidelines I try to do several FREE activities and then do one that costs money. Also, if I have supplies for an activity at my home I use them and I don't turn in a receipt for it. I consider it a donation. There are lots of fun things you can do with your girls that don't cost money like...
-Going for a bike ride
-visiting a church history site
-Taking a tour of different work places and seeing what they do
-Cleaning the sacrament trays
-Doing yard work for a neighbor
-Learning how to garden at your house! Let the girls help with your yard work!
-Having an Article-of-faith-a-thon (more details on that soon)
-Learning how to sew with leftover fabric scraps from ward members(we printed dot to dot papers for practice)
-Learning to play a new sport
-Visiting the temple visitors center and watching a movie there
-Doing a recipe exchange
-Writing letters to missionaries
-Writing to pen pal's (more on this soon to come)
-Learning to bake bread (I'm already making this each week so why not let them help and learn. You could even use some of the bread for the sacrament on Sunday)
-Swim party or splash pad-cosider inviting a life guard from your local pool to teach the girls safety tips. we did this and it was a hit!)
-Visit a bank and learn about budgeting and how the bank is ran. They might even have free giveaways for your girls
-Visit someone with animals like horses and have them share how to care for them Make sure to get permission slips if any riding takes place.
Think about your ward and the skills people have and consider having someone come to talk about what they do.
I do lots of these simple activities and the girls actually love them just as much as making a craft or doing something that costs money. SIMPLIFY your Activity DAYS and spend more time getting to know your girls. You will find a lot of enjoyment even on a small budget!
What is your budget? I would like to know. Please share in the comments your ideas for NO COST Activities so we can all benefit!