How To’s: Cheap & fun ways to entertain the kids this half term

How To's Round-upWell it’s here again, how on earth did another half term arrive just so quickly? That said I am more then ready for it, as are the kids.

The weather is nice and the paddling pool is currently filling as I type – lets just hope that doesn’t change!

With the kids at home it is often hard to think of new things to do with them which don’t end up costing a small fortune – lets face it we all love the park but it does get a little boring 3 days in a row and for us parents there are still jobs which need doing around the house, washing, cleaning, cooking etc. so we have to spend a little time doing those.

The kids don’t have to be bored while you do though – they can help, but for those times they don’t want to or it’s quicker and easier for them not too why not try setting up an activity for them, make something together and then they can play with it while you get the jobs done.

Of course as always our community of awesome bloggers have some ideas to start you off.

Garden activities: The lovely Maggy shows us how to make giant bubbles – this will keep the kids amused for hours, and us adults too!

Jen shows us how to make a bubble snake maker using household items – this I have tried with my kids and they think its hilarious and Louise will help cool you all down with her DIY sponge water bombs tutorial.

This bird feeder craft from Ana will just keep on giving as the birds come back regularly to feed in your gardens.

And for bad weather days we have a tutorial on how to make your own dinosaur fossils from Cerys which looks great fun and you could decorate them and display in the kids rooms once finished.

We also have a Play Dough recipe from Nadine – what child doesn’t like Play Dough? It’s so quick and easy to make your own you’ll never buy it in the shops again!

For the little more adventurous of you out there, you’ll love this toilet roll French knitting tutorial with an easy to follow video too from Ali.

If your kids love Hama beads and you’ve wonderful creations all over the house then this very simple coat hanger mobile is a great way of displaying them forever, and means their projects they’ve worked hard on won’t get broken.

For the car mad kids out there we have a DIY car track busy bag from Emma – genius and will keep young kids amused for hours.

Perhaps jewellery making is more up your street, then this is a cute way to make braclets weaving using straws form Christina and lastly you could get organised and make some Father’s Day presents with Kate by making these Salt Dough Finger Print Keyrings.

Hopefully that will help keep you all busy this half term, have fun and as always do let me know if you’ve any posts you would like to include in the next How To’s Round-ups, just email me or tweet me @emmys_mummy.

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About Clare Nicholas

Clare is a former NNEB trained Nanny and former Nanny/Babysitting Agency owner, she has now slowed down a little to spend as much time with her own family as possible, a WAHM with two whirlwinds Emmy & Harry. When they aren’t climbing the walls and trashing the house they like to spend as much time outdoors as possible filling their time with adventure, dog walks, days out and always finding the biggest and muddiest of puddles – when exhaustion finally hits the kids Clare shares those adventures over on her blog.