Free stuff for kids
There’s no two ways about it—sometimes kids’ stuff can cost a fortune. Happily, a little online hunting is all it takes to reveal some great freebies that kids will love for the fun value and parents will appreciate for the price tag. We can’t possibly list every single freebie on the internet, but we can highlight some pretty cool stuff and give you tips for finding even more.
Obviously your first step is to google “free stuff for kids.” You can narrow it down by country, state or even city or town. It’s great to find out what free events are happening in your own backyard, so remember to check out your local library, community center, galleries and museums to see if they offer any free programs for kids. This is particularly great preparation for upcoming school breaks, because it’s nice to line up free, fun family activities well in advance of that first holiday Monday.
As far as “stuff” goes, there is a surprising amount of really cool free things you can get for your kids or grandkids if you’re willing to do some online hunting. Check out some of the amazing things we found:
- A free, downloadable Muppets Most Wanted
activity book, complete with tips for drawing some of the classic Muppet characters, a lesson for how to send invisible notes to friends, a printable postcard and more.
- Free toys and merchandise like beach balls, wall clings and a membership certificate from your child’s favorite Major League Baseball team. All MLB teams have a kids clubs. Visit
MLB.com and click on your favorite team’s logo to visit their kids club.
- Twelve free printable toys for kids including cowboy and fairy finger
puppets, paper dolls, paper robots, a customizable outdoor scene (perfect for
your kids’ favorite toy animals), and adorable little cottages from
- Four free Curious George Stories to read online.
- 162 free children’s books to download or read online.
Birthday clubs are a great way to help your kids celebrate and get free stuff at the same time!
About Money has a list of six companies that offer special birthday rewards. From a birthday card and a surprise gift from Toys ‘r Us, to a free ice cream cone from Baskin Robbins, there are some pretty sweet treats available for birthday boys and girls. In fact, many companies and restaurants offer special birthday gifts, deals, discounts and coupons to both adults and kids alike. Check out About Money’s list of major
US retailers who regularly offer a little birthday love. Check their Canadian and UK counterparts to see what specials are offered outside of the United States.
In the United Kingdom, check out sites like Magic Freebies,
British Freebies, and
Free UK Stuff that have lists of fantastic free stuff, free product samples and contests for great kids prizes.
Another way to get free stuff for kids is to check out
Freecycle.org. According to their website, it’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills. The idea is to post free stuff you want to give away, and browse through free stuff you want to take home.
It takes a little patience and some treasure hunting skills, but being able to find great free stuff for kids online is well worth the effort. Post your searching tips and your most impressive freebie finds on our
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