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Look out summer holidays ahead and there is nothing worse than bored children, regardless of how many christmas presents they had they still say "I'm bored" being a mum of four children i have an endless task of entertaining my children, i live in a little estate, so it is quite safe for my children to play, but if it's raining then i am pulling my hair out as you can imagine.
So here is a few ideas to keep your kids entertained this summer.
Play dough... Any child likes play dough - even adults, so here is a recipe to make it.
1 cup flour 1 cup warm water 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoon oil 1/4 cup salt food coloring.
Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when cooled. Will last for a long time.
Finger painting... Every child likes getting messy young or old and i personally like getting my hands dirty too.
An old fashioned recipe.. 1/2 cup powdered laundry starch 3/4 cup cold water 1 packet of gelatine 1/4 cup of cold water 1/2 cup powdered detergent food coloring
Mix first 2 ingredients and in a seperate container, allow gelatin to soak in the 1/4 cup of cold water. add hot water to the starch mixture and boil until the solution is clear, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in gelatin mixture and soap until fully dissolved and thickened. Pour 1 cup into each 3 containers (old coffee jars with plastic lids are great) and add food coloring to each.
Home made paint roller... To make a neat paint roller for your kids to paint with, all you have to do is pry the top off an old roll-on deodorant bottle and fill it with thinned finger or poster paint. Replace the top and away you go.
Messing around... Cut old shirts off the sleeves and use as coveralls when your child is eating or painting.
Baubles, bangles and beads... Keep children amused for hours by giving them things like macaroni, beads, spools, buttons, yarn and other ods and ends you may have around. These things can be strung to make necklaces or bracelets or glued on paper plates to make amusing faces or collages.
*note* Please be careful with young children.
Trace-a-friend!... Lay large pieces of paper on the floor and get one child to lay down on it. Another child draws around them and then the paper can be cut out. Have the kids draw in their own faces or each other's. Its should keep them busy for hours!
Secret messages... Have the children write messages or draw pictures on oieces of paper using a candle or white crayon. Have them paint over it with some weak watercolour paints and their artwork or messsage is magically revealed!
Garden maze... Kids love mazes. Create your own by placing garden furniture in different positions and have them crawl through it. Tie ropes between the furniture to increase the difficulty, or have them hold a potato in each hand while they're negotiating the maze.
Short distance calls...Take your garden hose, remove the head and slip a plastic funnel into each end. Secure the funnels to the hose with adhesive tape. You now have a great 'hose telephone' that the kid's will spend hours on, with no busy signal!
My daughter loves this one.
I'm forever blowing bubbles... For a fun slant on bubble blowing, let your kids use a variety of household items to create different sized and shaped bubbles. Here's a few ideas: garlic press, slotted spoon or a yoghurt cup with the bottom cut out.
And now my last idea which is my favourite, neighbours might not agree.
Chalk... Cheap and cheerful and kids love it every year i buy it, big chunks of it, the kids draw on all the pavements in a multitude of colors and it is easily washed off. (last year i played hop scotch) lol
I hope you liked my ideas and hope they keep your children entertained.