School holidays are upon us, yet again! It’s time to start planning how to keep the kids amused for two, long and potentially rainy weeks. Here are a few ideas:
The farmers market at school will still be in full swing on Saturday 13th July . So make sure you bring everyone down to grab some great fresh produce and come visit the students and parents of Grade 1A for a plateful of yummy warm pancakes.
- Check out the local library or even Bunnings and Office Works. They often have free school holiday activities.
- Why not take a train ride to the zoo or into the city for a day out. The museum is a cheap outing , with lots to interest children of all ages.
- The ACMI building in Federation square also has lots to entertain the family at no charge.
- A day at home can be a struggle but some art and craft may help fill some hours.
For the littler ones, playdough and slime are always a bit of fun.
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 cup salt
- 4 tablespoons of oil
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 cups boiling water
- Food colouring of choice
- Essences (eg vanilla, orange) – optional for a touch of extra sensory experience
Combine flour, salt, tartar, oil, food colouring and essence. Add boiling water slowly until all combined and leaving the sides of the bowl. The recipe makes quite a large batch of dough so it’s a great idea to split in half prior to adding colouring so you can make two different coloured doughs.
- 1 cup Lux Soap Flakes
- 3 cups hot water
- Powder paint or food colouring
Mix the soap flakes and hot water. Stir vigorously until the soap has dissolved, add colouring then leave the mixture to set overnight.
Slime can be a touch messy so best played with in a tub outdoors or indoor basin.
- Most young and older children will enjoy a spot of cooking so why not help them whip up a batch of your favourite cookies or cupcakes and spend some extra time and imagination decorating.
How do you keep your kids entertained during the holidays?