Six ways to keep your kids entertained
We all need a bit of inspiration now and then. If your kids are getting restless at home, try one of these fun activities to engage them.
Magic rainbow milk
It’s super easy to turn ordinary milk into a rainbow of crazy colours. All you need are four kitchen items:
- Milk (whole or semi-skimmed), food colouring (the more colours the better), washing up liquid, and a shallow dish or bowl.
- Pour milk into a shallow dish or bowl, until it covers the bottom.
- Add some drops of food colouring to the milk. You can use a variety of colours, just be sure to add 3-4 drops of each colour.
- Add a drop of washing up liquid into the centre of the milk.
- Watch as all the colours dance across the surface of the milk.
Make paper prints by submerging paper in the dish, then remove and allow to dry.
Bowling at home
Set up a makeshift bowling in your hallway or garden. You’ll need:
- Pins: either cans, bottles or loo roll.
- A soft ball for inside play, or a slightly harder ball for playing outside.
Tips and ideas
- If you’re playing outside, fill empty bottles or tins with some water (or keep them empty to make them lighter for younger kids).
- If you’re playing inside use loo roll or empty bottles
- Stack up the pins, or keep them a single story to make it easier.
- Roll a ball towards them and see who can get the first strike.
Make it even more fun by painting old bottles or cans with paints. Go as crazy as you like, or keep it classic with red and white.
Whether they’re outside or inside, there’s no shortage of ways to get creative and build an imaginative den.
- Old delivery boxes.
- Bed sheets.
- Sofa cushions.
- Sticks and logs.
- A torch or lantern.
Top tips for den building:
Engage your inner alien and make some slime to play with. To make one ball of slime you’ll need:
- 100ml PVA white glue (children’s craft glue or CE marked glue).
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda.
- 1 tsp contact lens solution.
- Gel food colouring.
How to make your slime:
Fashion new-season pieces with scraps and decorations from around the house. Get creative with any of the below:
- Dried pasta.
- Scrapbook paper.
- Wrapping paper.
- Magazine clippings.
- String or elastic.
- Safety clips.
- Leftover packaging.
- Any other decorations or craft materials e.g. buttons, glitter, shells.
Ideas and tips:
Your kids will love these inventive ways to paint without using a paintbrush.. You’ll need:
- A Ziploc bag that fits the card comfortably (there needs to be enough room to fold the top of the bag over).
- A teaspoon.
- Dish soap.
- A cup.
- Plain paper.
Tips for brush-free painting::
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