It's not the easiest to keep coming up with new ideas for fun things to do every time School Holidays roll around - so we've done it for you! We figured it's always best to have a plan so the dreaded Attack of The Boredoms doesn't strike - usually the kids will have their own ideas of what to do (mostly involving computers, no doubt) but to shake it up a bit why not try a few of these: Room-over How about working with the kids to give them a bit of a room make-over! It’s always nice to freshen up the place you spend at least half of your day but that doesn’t have to mean spending the big bucks. Firstly get the kids to draw floor plan ideas - including a few different ways they could fit in the furniture and other things in their room. Or just get stuck right in there and start shifting things around to see how they look rearranged – this is a good one for siblings to collaborate on (depending on their ages) and ask each other’s opinions.
Snow Globes In the spirit of the season, what about making your very own personalised snow globes! We may have done a bit of a cheat version up top but you can make your own from scratch using nothing more than a jar, a laminated photo and some glitter. We love the easy to follow instructions on this blog: www.ourbestbites.com
Themed Movie Day So the weather is not so great? But the kids still need something to do. Why not settle in for a movie day! To make it more exciting brainstorm a theme for the day with the kids help of course. Some ideas: Classic Musicals (Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins) Pixar Flicks (So many great options to choose from – Toy Story, Bugs Life, Up) Movie Marathon (Pick a series like Harry Potter and watch them all back to back) Under the Sea (Finding Nemo, Back to the Future, Shark Tale) Throw Back (Pick a few of your favourite movies from when you were your kids age) SUPER (The Incredibles, Superman: The Movie, Sky High) To go along with those movies you’re going to need some popcorn, but why just get the microwave stuff when making your own is a much healthier, yummier and cheaper option. What you will need: Bag of corn kernels (should be at the supermarket next to the microwave stuff and a bag that costs around $2 will last for a while) Olive Oil Butter 2-4 tsp (optional) Salt (optional) Pot (any size) How to do it: 1. Heat your stove top to medium and get out a pot with a lid that fits snugly on the top (preferably with a glass lid). 2. Place on heat and put enough olive oil in to thinly cover the bottom. 3. Add a couple of kernels, put the lid on and wait until they pop. 4. Now remove them and add enough kernels to cover the bottom of the pan. 5. Let it cook – shake it occasionally – until the popping stops. 6. If you’re using butter melt it in the microwave and drizzle over your popcorn. Mix with a spoon while you drizzle and then add the salt (just a sprinkle to taste). 7. Enjoy!
Finger Knitting The craze that’s sweeping Primary Schools across the country, now coming to a living room near you! All you need is some wool and some fingers. Done. The best way to learn is to watch one of the many tutuorial videos on youtube – then you can teach the kids! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3LKAlDz9ig
Recycled Paper It's great to teach the kids about recycling and re-using things around the house from an early age so why not get them to have a go at making their own paper! As an added bonus it always looks great when you use it for crafts like hand made birthday cards, so you always can follow up with that once they're done. What you will need: All the paper scraps you can find (newspapers, craft cardboard, tissue paper) A4 frame Fly screen material (or similar) A blender How to do it: 1. Take out the backing in the frame and attach (staple or tape) the fly screen material (making a sift kind of thing). 2.. Rip up all your paper scraps into small bits and then put in the blender then fill up to 2/3 with warm water. 3. Blend until the paper pulp is smooth and then pour into the frame. 4. Leave to dry. 5. Enjoy!