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Published June 28th 2012
You've gotta love the school holidays —especially in winter! Imagine cold rainy days that seem endless and bored kids—guaranteed a very long two weeks.
But, it does not have to be that bad. All you need is some inspiration, motivation and enthusiasm and you'll find two weeks will fly by and you'll by wanting the next term break to hurry up and come around.
Am I mad? No, I just love hanging out with my kids, letting my hair down and getting creative. You needn't worry about spending a fortune - chances are being creative can be as simple as rummaging around in your cupboards.
My top five creative activities with virtually no cost and better - no leaving the warmth of your home are:
1. Papier-mâché face masks. Blow up a balloon, tie the end. Now, here's the fun part; either mix 3/4 glue to 1/4 water, or for a no cost alternative, 1 part flour to 1 part water to form your glue. Cut strips of newspaper, dip them into your glue and in alternating strips, covering half of the balloon. Allow to dry between layers and when you have your 'mask' a significant thickness, generally five or six layers, allow to dry over night.
When totally dry, pull off the papier-mâché, cut eye holes into the face of the mask and let your little artist decorate with paints, glitter, feathers, sequins or anything else you may have in your craft box! Pierce the sides and attach ribbon, elastic or string to hold the mask in place.
2. Scrap booking.
-This has become a very popular craft. But, you don't have to spend much on embellishments. First print out some photographs.
-Then on coloured A4 paper, glue the photograph, and add a caption.
-Then pull out your craft box, pencil case or sewing box and let your little one's imagination take over with decorating the page.
-Continue each page with a different coloured paper and when you have a nice collection, about ten pages, hole punch the lot and bind with colourful ribbon.
These scrap books make a lovely 'brag book' for grandparents.
*Hot Tip, if you feel the need, or have some in your study drawers, you can put your scrapbook pages in a display folder. They look great and ensure the pages do not get damaged.
3. Truffles. Yum. Yum.
-Too easy this idea. Pour 1 can of condensed milk in a bowl.
-Crush 1 packet of Marie biscuits (250g pack) and add them to the condensed milk.
-Add two tablespoons of cocoa powder.
-Mix. (Be warned, sticky fingers!)
-Roll into small balls, then in coconut, or if you prefer, roll in cocoa powder.
-Let them sit in the fridge for a couple of hours—if they last that long, then indulge and enjoy.
*ps:you may want to add some Kahlua, or other alcohol of choice to this recipe for an 18 and over version.
4. Dining table club house.
-All kids love hidey-holes and this is one of the easiest you can make.
-Drape table cloths over your dining table, letting them reach down to the floor.
-Continue until the entire top and sides of your dining table is covered.
-Take in your children's favourite toys and watch them hang out in their own private space.
*If you're lucky, this will be their new hangout for the next two weeks.
**Try adding a rug and sleeping bags, and let the kids 'camp' out, all in the warmth of your home.
5. Dress ups.
-This, I think never grows old, simply; open your wardrobe and let your child have free reign of anything in it.
-Capture the moment, with some happy snaps. They make great 21st wall photos.
Lovely. You have just reminded me of so many of my school holidays, when a movie or going into the city was a treat and only done once or twice per holiday. The rest of the time, at home, we had friends over, or amused ourselves. I am not a parent (yet) but hope that when I am, my children can find joy in activities such as these. Home based activities are often the most fun!