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Keep the Kids Entertained These Holidays

07 July 2014
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We’re in the middle of the long June/July school holidays – are your kids bored yet? Chances are they’ve probably moaned a couple of times by now about not having anything to do; and it definitely doesn’t help that we’re right in the middle of a very cold winter!

To help you out a bit, we put together a little list of how to keep the kids entertained while staying indoors – and no, not by being glued to a computer screen or playing PlayStation. We chose fun activities that may even bring up a sense of nostalgia for some of you parents out there.

Play different types of games

Board games are the obvious suggestion for this one. There are plenty of great and fun board games at the shops for all ages and they are ideal for keeping busy indoors when the weather outside is freezing. But we decided to find some other different ideas for you.

A scavenger hunt is usually done outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it fun indoors! Put clues around the house and you can make the prize anything you want, from sweets and treats to vouchers. Try to make the vouchers interesting like "choose your favourite meal to have mom cook you for supper”, for example.

Another fun game is a story-telling one – with a twist. Start off the beginning of a story, such as "Once upon a time there was a little girl”, and have the kids go on from there. This is a great way to expand on their creative minds!

Arts and crafts

There are plenty of ways to get crafty in general, but getting crafty with the kids can be lovely and so much fun! We decided to take a look at how you and your kids can be creative with House of York’s toothpicks and skewers. Give the kids a pack of toothpicks or skewers and a pack of marshmallows and have a fun competition to see who can build the best structure or animal! This isn’t only entertaining for the children, but creatively educational at the same time.

Another artistic idea is making tree ornaments out of toothpicks! Yes, it’s only July, but these ornaments aren’t only for Christmas. We’re in the midst of winter and the trees outside are bare, so why not pick a tree to decorate in your garden? All you need is about 50 toothpicks, a polystyrene ball and some spray paint and glitter.

Stick the toothpicks into the polystyrene ball until it’s completely covered and looks like a star. Then spray the toothpicks any colour you desire, although silver and gold always looks lovely. Lastly, sprinkle some glitter over them and hang them on your tree. This is a perfect way to use some toothpicks in an inventive way and something easy to keep the children busy.

Have good, old fashioned fun

It is said that the power of music unites people and this is definitely the case. If the little ones are bored, be the fun parent you are and crank up the volume on the radio and dance around the lounge with them! Even better, have a singing competition right in the comfort of your home.

If the weather outside is particularly bad, get yourself and the kids into some comfy clothes or pajamas and have a movie day! Make a little picnic of treats in the lounge in front of the TV, take mattresses into the lounge and have a Christmas bed. This is a wonderful way to spend some quality time with them.

Let them help you in the kitchen

During winter, there are few things better than the smell of something delicious baking in the oven wafting through the house. If your child is bored this holiday, teach them some simple and fun things to bake, such as pizza pies or even box cupcakes and cake. Take a look at the easy recipe below:

Pizza pies (recipe from netmums.com)

What you need:

  • 1 pack of ready-made short crust
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml milk
  • 50g cheese
  • Herbs and pepper
  • Your choice of filling (veggies, bacon, chicken etc.)

How to make them:

  • Roll out the pastry and cut into circles. Put a circle in each cupcake place in your muffin tray.
  • Beat the eggs and milk together and add your herbs and pepper.
  • Put the grated cheese on the pastry circles in the tins.
  • Add your filling on top of the cheese.
  • Pour in the milk mixture and bake in the oven for 15 – 25 minutes at 180 °C.

At House of York, we have some lovely bakeware for you, from our silicone muffin pan that’s available for sale soon, to our range of bamboo spoons and rolling pins. Will you be using our ideas to keep your kids entertained these holidays? We would love to know!

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