This website has STAR WARS shadow puppet ideas! But you can make anything you want really. The kids will have hours of fun making and playing with these.
Stick some cotton or string in a zig zag pattern across the hall or landing to create ‘laser beams’ the kids have to climb through without touching to win some treasure on the other side.
Use a tupperware or old biscuit tin. The children can imagine who might find the time capsule in the future. They can write letters, draw pictures, find photos etc to let this person of the future know all about life as it is now for them.
I loved this as a child. Get out some sheets and create a fabulous den behind the sofa or between some chairs. Fill with all kinds of things to keep them busy… Lego, reading and drawing activities, a torch, dress up clothes, snacks, books on CDs….
So it might be a bit windy outside but if the wind and rain die down there will be lots of puddles left for the kids to splash in. They can take toy boats to sail in the puddles or make mud pies. If it’s still too windy to get outside try creating an indoor puddle jumping activity for little ones by sticking paper ‘puddles’ to the floor for them to jump between. It’ll keep them moving and using their imagination. If you are heading outside the Nature Detectives website has some fun activity idea’s!
You can create all kinds of colours if you’ve got some food colouring knocking around. I have some from the last disasterous attempt at baking a birthday cake for the kids… the result was a terrifying, barely recognisable “Olaf” Frozen cake. I digress, here is a great playdough recipe. ‘Smelly’ playdough is a big hit in our house too. Try adding cinnamon or vanilla.
Write secret messages to each other in invisible ink. When the ink dries you can heat it over a light bulb (adult supervision required) to reveal your message.
Warning: this can be a messy activity! It’s lots of fun for little ones though and a great sensory activity. All you need is cornflour, water and food colouring (optional). Here is the recipe.
This activity can be as complex as you want. The basic idea is to build a tower using just a few marshmallows, 20 sticks of dry spaghetti and some tape. This is a good activity to keep older kids entertained and you can always use any left over marshmallows in hot chocolate when they’re finished.
The BBC website is full of lots of fun Science activities from this TV programme aimed at kids. Definitely worth a look if you’re struggling to keep the older ones entertained.
Always a good, easy game. I find that if you start the kids off hunting for you at the top of the house you have just enough time to make a quick cup of tea for yourself in the kitchen before they ‘find you’.
Of course, this takes a little longer to set up than hide and seek but you might create enough time for yourself while they are engaged in this activity to actually drink that cup of tea. For ideas of what to put on the list for the scavenger hunt take a look here.
This requires nothing other than a pile of recycling – boxes, plastic containers etc – and some glue or tape and paint (depending on how much mess you’re willing to create). This is and easy one, let the kids make anything they want from the materials available.
If you have these two ‘ingredients’ then I definitely suggest making this. You’ll need some white, school glue – the runny kind that you can squeeze out of a bottle or that kids use the glue spreaders for and some shaving foam. Adding food colouring is optional. This mixture will dry to become soft and fluffy to the touch. This blog has a really good recipe, she suggests using sandwich bags to squeeze the paint onto the paper but paint brushes and fingers work well too.
Pumpkin-canos are about to become the next big thing… or at least they should. This one makes a bit of a mess so you’ll need to put your carved pumpkin onto a tray or take it outside. By adding a few simple ingredients (bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, food colouring and, to ensure lots of foam, some washing-up liquid) you can turn your pumpkin into a fun science experiment. Find the details and the information on the science behind it here. If you need some ideas on where to pick your own pumpkins take a look at our October half term page.
Red Ted Art have some brilliant ideas to create some simple, beginner origami monster (and owl) bookmarks, perfect for encouraging kids to grab a book and read!
This really simple idea from Housing a Forest is a perfect sensory activity for the little ones and a fun creative craft for the older ones. Cut them out and hang up in the house when you’re done as Halloween decorations.
If you haven’t already joined in the rock painting and hunting craze, Halloween provides lots of inspiration on how to decorate your rocks, from ghosts to witches find out how you can join in with your local group here.
Need a break from the Halloween crafts? Fancy sitting down with a cuppa instead? If you’ve got little ones who aren’t ready for scary Halloween films yet this site makes some recommendations of films you can watch together with some suggestions for those a little older too. A favourite in our house is Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
The BBC Good Food website has a great basic playdough recipe and it’s easy to make it a fun extra-sensory activity by adding some Autumn smells to it. Choose orange as the colour and add some cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger ground spices to the mixture. Smells amazing!
Easy to make and you’ll have what you need lying around. This blog suggests sticking on googly eyes but you can always draw some on.
Olive magazine seem to have found a good balance here with some easy spooky cake ideas for the kids and some Halloween-inspired cocktail recipes for the adults!
Well if you’ve got cocktails it seems a shame not to have a party. If you want some Halloween games to play at the party or before you go out trick or treating (like they won’t already be wound up enough as it is) then take a look here for some fun ideas such as Wink Murder Zombies – which is less terrifying and more kid-friendly than it sounds.
Whether you’re at home with the kids today and just finished playing in the snow or whether you’ll be picking up them up later, they’re bound to be excited about the snow. We’ve got eight of the best snow day inspired art activities from Pinterest to keep them entertained.
Lerae’s Workshop offers you the chance to be creative; whether it is at a children’s party, adult craft evening or during a holiday club.
If you’re looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained before school starts again we’ve collected some of the best New Year inspired activities to keep them busy, and your sanity intact.
This can be a time capsule you intend to dig up yourself (in that case you can ‘bury’ it in a cupboard somewhere if you prefer), or one you want to give others the chance to find in years to come. If you are planning on burying it outside you’ll need a waterproof container to put it in. You can download our free “A Year in Review” sheet to include that the kids can fill out all about themselves and their hopes for next year by clicking here. Other things you could include: letters, photos, a book, a couple of coins…
This is a great way to keep a record of all that happens in 2019 to look back on at the end of the year. Find a large jar or box and add notes, photos, ticket stubs etc throughout the year from fun days out, important family events, things that make you smile, kind things people do for you… the list is endless.
Plan your year in advance! Pick a new place to visit each month for something really exciting to look forward to. Pick somewhere and add to your calendar before you get too booked up! For ideas on local places to visit and recommendations from local parents, take a look at our ‘Days Out’ page. Here are some nice ideas on how you can extend this idea, or you can simple make your plans and add them to your calendar.
Don’t think you’ll get the chance to see a firework display at midnight on New Years Eve? Not to worry, just make your own! Here’s a fun and easy science idea from Science Sparks on how to do that with a few items from the kitchen.
I don’t know about you but I’ve only just come out of the bubble that was Christmas with family. I’ve finally found the floor under piles of new games and books and now it’s time for the kids to work on their Thank You cards. Here is a simple but beautiful design that can help make this a fun activity from Happy Hooligans.
And of course… if you just fancy snuggling up with the kids on the sofa to watch a family film take a look at our handy TV movies guide with a round-up of what’s on for kids over the holidays.