As anybody with a school aged child will know, this week has been half term. Due to the poor weather (it is February after all) my house usually contains four grumpy kids who are forever getting under each others feet and can’t possibly find anything exciting to do amongst the billion games, toys and electronic devices that we have packed into our tiny house!
So a few weeks ago I was quite pleased to be offered the chance to review a copy of Flora’s Family Fun Guide. This book has been put together to give families a little inspiration to keep occupied at home during the holidays when going out isn’t feasable. We were sent a fantastic ‘Boredom Busting Basket’ filled with lot’s of crafty bits, more than enough for three activities, along with all the ingredients we needed to make two of the recipes from the guide.
It was lovely to wake up on Monday morning knowing that we had at least one thing to do that day that didn’t involve getting wet in the rain, or lots of preparation, as all the activities in the Family Fun Guide are quick and easy to set up and mostly contain items that you have in your cupboards already.
We started by colouring the pasta shells as we knew these would more than likely take overnight to dry. Who knew that covering your pasta with hand sanitizer gel would help the food colouring distribute more evenly? I’m not sure if we did something wrong but the red worked really well, but the blue and green not so much.
After laying them to dry on the windowsill we got on with our main activity, making sock puppets! Now most of these activities I would say are probably aimed more at 3-10 year olds maybe? But I even got some teens involved in this one. We now have a fantastic little sock puppet family lodging in our house!
Tuesday I didn’t have many kids here at all so O and I had a great time lacing the pasta gems onto string, he knew what he needed to do, but couldn’t quite get it. A great activity to help develop fine motor skills in toddlers this one!
Wednesday, again no big kids as they were off gallivanting so following the guides advice we adapted one of the crafts from making a crocodile out of egg boxes, to making a caterpillar. All you need is to cut off 3 of the egg cups, paint and add a face, we used buttons, and something for a mouth. He needed a little help with the face, but had a fantastic time painting everything green!
On Thursday E&Ff took charge of the first baking activity, with a little ‘help’ from O. These Cinnamon and Raisin Cookies were very simple to make, although I do have to admit we omitted the cinnamon as it makes my lips burn and nobody else likes it. I did want the cookies to be eaten after all!
Friday, the last official day of half term, was a slightly manic day in the Mami2Five household so although we managed to create these lovely moist cakes, there were no other pictures I’m afraid 🙁
This morning the eldest four trudged off to school in the snow and hail and I got to have a nice sit down after our very busy week. Well, for five minutes, until O brought me the bottle of glue and a handful of sequins that is!
Did you get up to anything exciting during the half term holidays?