Transform your back garden into the ultimate play zone – make an obstacle course and bring out all those fab outdoor toys.
Even the smallest bucket of water will keep the kids happy, splashing, stirring and pouring for hours! And when the sun comes out… water fight!
From handstands and hula hoops to crawling under tables and chairs, build an indoor obstacle course and enjoy some free fun.
If they’ve got the moves, then let them go crazy to their favourite tunes or just pick one and make up a dance.
Mix it up
Put 2 cups of flour and a pinch of salt into a large bowl and whisk. Gradually add ? cup of warm water and mix well.
Knead the dough
Let the kids get hands on by kneading the gloopy dough until it’s smooth and elastic.
Then cut it into 2.
Roll it out
Roll out to half a cm thick. Place on a baking tray and top with whatever you have to hand - passata, grated cheese, meat and veg.
Bake your pizza
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 230°C until the crust is nicely browned and the cheese has melted.
- You will need 225g/8oz plain or milk chocolate, broken into pieces, 2 tbsp golden syrup, 50g/2oz butter, 75g/3oz of rice puffs or cornflakes, 36 mini chocolate eggs and 12 fairy cake cases.
Separate the fairy cake cases on to a baking tray.
Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in the microwave or place in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
- Mix the molten mixture, then stir in the breakfast cereal until it’s all covered in the chocolate. Then spoon the chocolatey mixture into the paper cases.
- Press the chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. If you don’t have any, they’ll still taste great or use an alternative you have to hand. Then place in the fridge to set. Enjoy!
- Let’s cook!
- “All you need is 1 jar of pasta sauce and whatever veggies or meat you have in your freezer. Or use whatever’s already cooking. Just pop on extra pasta, chop the veggies and meat up, then mix together. Once cooked, add the sauce and serve.”
- RECIPE INSPIRATION
Take a kitchen roll tube and mark out the mouth and tail of the shark.
Get an adult to cut out the marked sections, then draw and cut 2 fins and a tail using cut-offs. Cut out 2 sets of teeth from white card.
Paint everything except the teeth and allow to dry. Glue pieces in place and add googly eyes!
- Here’s how to…
- Get some pompoms and sort into colours. Get some glue and pick some card, paper or anything you like to stick them to. Start sticking them in rainbow colour order – we started with red. In a few minutes your rainbow will be complete. How exciting!
Remove plastic lining from within the tissue box and paint the inside of the box with a colour of your choice.
Prime the box with paint to stop the design showing through, then paint the box with coloured paint.
Make teeth from foam sheet or card and stick to the inside.
Add googly eyes and funky tissue paper hair.
Tie some wool to your stick and wrap it around tightly. To change colours tie the end of the new colour to the current colour. At the end, tie the wool off.
To make pompoms, draw a circular with a smaller circle inside. Cut out the larger circle, then cut a small slit into the centre to cut out the smaller circle.
- Wrap your wool around the template, holding the end until you have wrapped over it. Continue until the inner circle is almost full. Using scissors cut the strands around the edge of the ring. Just don’t let the pieces fall off the ring.
Tie a length of wool around the middle of the pompom. Remove the template and shape. Repeat 5 times and tie to the stick. Use wool, on each send of the stick, to hang your mobile.
- Using an empty juice carton, cut out a window.
- Paint the carton using any colours you like
- Decorate it with googly eyes and felt wings.
- Thread string through the top to hang it from a tree. Add bird seeds ready for the birds to enjoy!
- You’ll need food colouring, clear pots, a pipette or even a small spoon.
- Fill the clear pots with water, add a few drops of food colouring to each – primary colours if you have them!
- Use a pipette/spoon to add different colours to a clear tray. Keep adding colours, mixing different ones together to see what other shades you can make.
- Use the pipette/spoon to drop small amounts of the colours onto kitchen towels, hang them to dry and admire the amazing colours that you’ve made!
- Sometimes, the simple things are the best – try marbles, tiddlywinks, making paper planes, hopscotch and skipping.
- Have a drawer of go-to games and let them choose one every day to play as a family – cards, Monopoly, chess, backgammon, Twister, snakes and ladders. Just don’t let them beat you!
- Happy, active kids are the aim – no screen time necessary. From balloon bowling to obstacle courses, download our free Indoor Games sheet for more great ‘keep me sane’ ideas.
- There are so many amazing classic movies you can watch together. Watch this space for a list of our 100 must-watch movies.
- Build that den in the garden. Clear out the garage. Paint the decking. You can get all those projects done if you’re at home. And the best bit? You can do it together!
- It can’t all be fun and games. Get them to help with daily chores and earn rewards – washing, sweeping, looking after pets and plants, washing the car, etc.
- Sit-down family meals every night might be the new norm. So, enjoy it. Try a few conversation starters, like ‘What’s your favourite song?’ or ‘If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?’