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Playdough, Lightsabers and more!

Week one of Kimberly's BFF!

Welcome to Kimberly’s BFF

Hey everyone! I wanted to start by introducing myself!  My name is Kimberly Polley and I have lived in Circleville my entire life.  I have been married for 10 years to my wonderful husband, Adam, and we have two kids, Evan is 8 and Amelia is 5.  My husband works full time and I am a stay at home mom and have become really passionate about finding budget friendly, family fun activities to keep my kiddos busy this summer!  I am so excited to share with you crafts, recipes, upcoming community events, and more that any parent, grandparent, babysitter, aunt or uncle can do with kids!  Remember that fun doesn’t have to be expensive, kids remember having fun not how much money the fun cost; so make some wonderful memories with the kids in your life this summer and do it without breaking the bank!

Summer Schedule

I started the summer by making a “Summer Schedule” for my kids that includes making their bed, brushing their teeth, eating breakfast, getting dressed, reading for 20 minutes, doing something creative for 20 minutes, doing one chore—ALL BEFORE THE TV IS TURNED ON OR THEY GET ELECTRONICS!  Writing out and hanging up a “Summer Schedule” and a chore list is a great way to jump-start the day, keep kids off electronics all day, get them to help around the house, and give them a sense of routine; the great thing is that you can create your own, specific to your family needs!  Here is a picture of ours for reference!  Yes, it does take some getting used to, but all in all, it’s a great way to keep order to the day!

Low Cost Craft – Playdough

One of the first activities we did the summer was make our own playdough…and it is SO EASY and it only needs TWO INGREDIENTS to make it plus mixing supplies!  

All you need is:

  • Any kind of hair conditioner ($1 each at the Dollar Tree) and they smell amazing!
  • Cornstarch (purchase at any grocery store)
  • Plastic storage containers (pack of 3 available for $1 at the Dollar Tree)
  • Mixing bowl & spoon
  • OPTIONAL, food coloring if you use white conditioner or if you want brighter colors


  1. Pour the whole bottle of conditioner into mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in cornstarch until the mixture stiffens up.  (it took one book per bottle of conditioner)
  3. Store in plastic container with lid.
  4. Repeat with each bottle of conditioner.

Now you have some GREAT smelling playdough that kids can help make!  Since we already had the mixing bowl and spoon at home all we purchased were the conditioner, storage containers, and cornstarch!  We made six good size containers of playdough for only $9, and we had fun doing it too!

Galactic Fun – Pool Noodle Lightsabers

If you or your kids are Star Wars fans this craft is for you!  POOL NOODLE LIGHTSABERS! These are great because they are inexpensive and they are much softer than the plastic ones when the kids want to “battle” with them!  Everything for these was purchase at the Dollar Tree making this craft inexpensive. 

All you need is:

  • Pool Noodles (any color, as many as you want-you will be cutting them in half)
  • Black Electrical Tape
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors


  1. Cut each pool noodle in half.  One noodle makes two lightsabers.
  2. Wrap the bottom of the noodle in duct tape.  We used different shades of silver/gray Duct Tape, but you don’t have to!
  3. Use the black electrical tape as decoration for buttons and stripes

The kids wanted BIG lightsabers (like Darth Maul), so we got two extra pool noodles that we didn’t cut those and just put the tape in the middle.  We made eight lightsabers for under $10 and we could have done it for cheaper if we would have just used one color of Duct Tape (but we wanted some variety!)  Again, EVERYTHING was purchased at the Dollar Tree, the tapes and the pool noodles!  This activity only took us about 40 minutes to make!

FREE Community Events

Did you know that the Pickaway County Public Library offers free events throughout the week from story time, movie matinees, crafts, and more?  Here are some of the offerings for the coming week, but be sure to check out their website for the full calendar of events! 

Monday, June 25, at 10:30 AM – Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5

Monday, June 25, at 1 PM – Youth Craft time-Registration required (can register online)

Tuesday, June 26, at 5 PM – Teen Zone Bingo for grades 6-12.

Wednesday, June 27, at 10:30 AM – Baby Storytime for ages birth-3 years

Parting Words

Always remember that fun doesn’t have to be expensive!  Stay tuned for next week when we will be sharing a fun summer snack that is easy for the kids to help make and another fun craft!  Make memories this week!  Don’t forget to come back next week for some more budget friendly fun!


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