8 Things to do this Easter with kids!

Tuesday 13th March 2018

If you're worried about keeping the kids occupied over the Easter Holidays, don't panic! Here at Weekend Box we have you covered, and have rounded up 8 sure fire ways to keep you and your little ones busy.

1. Homemade Bouncy Balls

These bouncy balls are quick, cheap and easy. Guaranteed fun!

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You will need:

  • 3 Tbsp of Cornstarch/Cornflour
  • 2-3 Drops of Food Colouring
  • 1.5 Tbsp of Water

Method:

  • Mix the cornstarch, water and food colouring together in a microwaveable bowl.
  • Microwave for around 20 secs.
  • Add a further 0.5 tbsp of water and mix well.
  • Roll the mixture into balls and place back in the microwave for 15 seconds to ensure they keep their shape.

Top Tip:

If the bouncy ball cracks, put a little bit more water on it so you can reshape it, then place back in the microwave for 15 seconds.

2. Homemade Play-Dough

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You will need:

  • 8 Tbsp of Flour
  • 2 Tbsp of Salt
  • 60ml of Water
  • 3-5 Drops of Food Colouring

Method:

  • Mix together the flour and salt.
  • Mix together the warm water with a few drops of food colouring.
  • Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour. Stir until combined, then knead with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed.

3 - Super Squidgy Slime

This stretchy slime is great as it can be adapted and made your own in many different ways. Add glitter, gems or food colouring to jazz up your slime!

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You will need:

  • 150ml PVA Glue
  • 2-4 Tsp Contact Lens Solution
  • 1 Tbsp Bicarbonate of Soda

Method:

  • Pour the glue and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and mix well.
  • If using, add the colouring, glitter or gems and stir.
  • Now add the contact lens solution and mix until the mixture becomes stiff.
  • Take the slime out and knead until it’s the consistency you desire. To make the slime less sticky, add a few drops of contact lens solution at a time.

4 - Kindness Rock

The Kindness Rocks Project is a lovely idea and a great way to teach your kids the values of being kind to both loved ones and strangers. (Visit http://thekindnessrocksproject.com for more). The premise is that one kind message to someone at 'just the right time' can change your day, your outlook or your life!

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Head outside with your kids and gather up some smooth pebbles or rocks. Using paints (acrylic works best), your kids can decorate the rocks however they'd want. Once dried, use a permanent marker to write a message of kindness on the rock. Something as simple as 'Smile!' or 'Enjoy your day!' is enough to make anyone's day. The Kindness Rocks Project involves placing these rocks for strangers to find - you can do this or encourage your kids to give them to a family member or friend. As long as kindness is being spread, it doesn't matter!

5 - Easter Egg Hunt

It's a classic - and it's a classic for a reason! An Easter Egg Hunt either outside in the garden or in the house (weather dependent of course) is always fun. This can be done as usual with little chocolate eggs, but why not try crafting some eggs yourself? Maybe out of paper, paper maché, hard boiled eggs or play dough. These eggs could make a great alternative when the house is full of chocolate easter eggs already. And the making and decoration keeps the kids occupied for that little bit longer!

6 - Nature Photo Frames

These nature frames are fun for all the family and can be used in photos for years to come! What's more, you won't need anything more than a few sticks and some string!

Method:

  • Go hunting outside to find 4 twigs or sticks roughly the same size as each other.
  • Lay them out in a square to create a frame.
  • Using some wool or string, tie all of the corners together. Your frame is complete!
  • Take a photo of yourself in the frame having fun.

7 - Make Your Own Clay

Modelling clay isn't really a household staple and can be a bit hard to source. Why not make your own? This recipe dries in the air and does just as good a job as bought clay.

You will need:

  • 2 Cups of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 Cup of Cornstarch/Corn Flour
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Water

Method:

  • Place all ingredients into a saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Stir the mixture almost constantly until it thickens.
  • Let it cool and then knead until smooth and no longer sticky.
  • Now it’s time to get moulding! Leave to dry and you can then paint or decorate your creations.

8 - Complete a Weekend Box

We have saved the best until last of course! Our Weekend Boxes are the perfect antidote to a stressful Easter Holidays, providing inspiration and ideas for fuss-free activities to do with your kids. Look out for our Easter themed boxes!

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