Easter holidays are just around the corner! Personally I love the school holidays. It’s a juggle with work and keeping my son occupied, but a very welcome break from the daily grind of making lunches, ironing uniforms and supervising homework.
Here are some super fun activities for big and little kids to keep the school holiday blahs at bay and your sanity intact these school holidays.
5 RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES
1. Get crafting. Get out the glitter, pipe cleaners and paddle pop sticks, hand each child a piece of paper and a glue stick and get creating! Collect leaves from the garden, or even use old buttons to make a masterpiece.
2. Make a cubby. Grab some chairs and place them in a circle or square so that their backs are facing into the centre. Drape a few blankets over the tops of the chairs and place some comfy cushions and blankets on the floor underneath. Bring along some favourite toys, books and a torch if it’s dark enough!
3. Host a tea party. Throw out a picnic blanket or rug on the living room floor and ask the kids to invite their favourite ‘friends’ to come along. Make some tasty snacks and line up the tea cups!
4. Baking. Easter is fast approaching, so why not get the kids to help you make (and eat!) some yummy homemade holiday treats!
HOMEMADE HOT CROSS BUNS. Nom! Nom! Nom!
3 cups wholemeal plain flour
1 cup plain flour, plus extra for kneading
2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
1/4 cup 100% apricot fruit spread, plus 1/3 cup extra
1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice
1 cup mixed dried fruit
300ml skim milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons olive oil
Butter, at room temperature, to serve (optional)
1/2 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon Mixed Spice
1/3 cup water
Combine flours, yeast, fruit spread, mixed spice and dried fruit in a large bowl. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute, or until lukewarm. Add warm milk, eggs and oil to fruit mixture. Use a flat-bladed knife to mix until dough almost comes together. Use clean hands to finish mixing to form a soft dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth. Place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 to 1½ hours, or until dough doubles in size.
Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Punch dough down to its original size. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 12 even portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Place balls onto lined tray, about 1cm apart. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 minutes, or until buns double in size. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced.
Flour paste: mix flour, mixed spiced and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if paste is too thick. Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 small corner of bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove buns from oven and brush tops evenly with extra fruit spread. Return to oven for a further 5 minutes or until buns are cooked through and golden.
Spread with butter and EAT!
[Recipe courtesy of www.taste.com.au]
5. Movie time. Make some real popcorn, pull the curtains closed, snuggle down on the lounge and pop in a much-loved movie. Revisit the classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins or Finding Nemo.
5 OUT OF THE HOUSE ACTIVITIES
It’s easy to spend a fortune in the school holidays. So here are some free, or low cost activities to get stuck into.
1. Check out your local Museum or Art Gallery. Most will hold free activities for kids during school holidays – like the Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa event for preschoolers at the National Museum in Canberra. Or drop in to the Art Gallery of NSW and make Retro cardboard cameras, a free artmaking activity for kids. For more info on what’s on in your area, check out the relevant website.
2. Be a tourist in your own town. When was the last time you checked out the sights of your hometown? Pretend you’re visiting for the first time and plan a day with the kids catching public transport and checking out the sights.
3. On your bike… or scooter or trike. Grab your favourite wheels and head out to your nearest bike track. Go to your local council’s website for details in your suburb.
4. Row, row, row your boat. If you’re in Sydney, plan a trip down to the Royal National Park just 5kms from Sutherland, and head to Audley Boatshed. Great for kids of all ages and the views are gorgeous. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Check out www.audleyboatshed.com for more info.
5. Library Love. Libraries are a great place to spend time during the holidays. Check out your local council website for more details about some fun (and often free!) activities on in your area.
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How do you keep the kids entertained during the school holidays?
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