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How to Survive the School Holidays with House of York

21 June 2016
How to Survive the School Holidays with House of York -  Jun Article

The June/July holidays are upon us and some of you might already be searching for ideas on how to keep your children entertained in the long weeks ahead. House of York wants to help you out with a few easy and fun activities, to help keep your little ones entertained this holiday.

The Dreaded Cry: ‘I’m Bored’

There must be very few mothers who can say that they have never heard their children utter that mournful cry: ‘I’m bored – I’ve got nothing to do! This complaint is most common during the long school holidays.

A great solution to keep your children entertained is to suggest some fun activities which will not only keep your children entertained, but will also show them the simple pleasure and fulfilment felt when making their own toy to play with or a gift for another person

Easy and Fun Activities to Keep Children Entertained

House of York understands that most mothers are busy with work and day-to-day life.That’s why we decided to help you out and have put together a few fun and easy projects, from the book ‘How to Survive the School Holidays’ by Pam Black, for your children to enjoy.

To get you started we have an easy to follow step by step process, from on how to make:

  • DIY Potato Cut Outs,
  • The fun ‘Eat the Chocolate game’ and
  • The Crazy Cake recipe

How to Make Potato Prints

A great way to creatively use things we already have lying around at home is to make potato prints. The advantage of these prints is that they can be made by any age group. Even the young ones will have fun with them. You can make multiple designs or use the letters of the alphabet to personalise and print on to cards. Writing paper and envelopes can also be personalised by having designs or initials printed on them.

What you will need:

  • Old potatoes
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Shallow dishes
  • Powered paints
  • Paint brush
  • Paper for printing on
  • Pencil
  • Newspaper
  • Old cloth

How to make it:

  1. Cover work surface and surrounding floor with newspaper or plastic.
  2. Place the potato on the board and cut in half.
  3. Draw the pattern you want to use on the potato and cut around it with the knife. (The pattern part must be raised and the design should be kept simple as the potato is difficult to cut).
  4. Mix the powdered paints and put into shallow dishes.
  5. Dry the potato, then dip the patterned part into the dish, or apply paint with brush. Press the potato on to the paper

The Fun ‘Eat the Chocolate’ Game

Eat the chocolate is a great game, enjoyed by all children particularly for seven years and up.

What you will need:

  • 1 thick bar of chocolate (refrigerate before use)
  • 1 plate
  • 1 knife and fork
  • 1 dice
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 hat
  • 1 pair of gloves

How to play:

  1. The participants sit in a circle and take it in turns to throw the dice. The one who throws a 6 jumps up, puts on all the clothing and then, using the knife and fork, attempts to eat as much chocolate as possible.
  2. Meanwhile, the game continues and the next person to throw a 6 changes places with the one eating the chocolate. He goes through the same routine of putting on the cloths etc.
  3. It often happens that after throwing a 6, a child will have only put on the hat and gloves when someone else throws a 6 and he hasn’t even had a ‘go’ at the chocolate.
  4. There is no real winner in this game although the one who throws the most sixes has the best time!

The ‘Crazy Cake’

The ‘Crazy Cake’ recipe comes from America and is great fun to make. You may have a few doubts about it the first time you make it, but the end result is very edible. The best part of all is the cleaning up, as there is barely NO MESS and all you have to wash is the measuring utensils, the baking tin and wooden spoon. It also takes very little time to prepare. Unfortunately, there is no bowl to lick, just one wooden spoon!

What you need:

  • 20 cm square baking tin
  • Sieve
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • Grease proof paper


  • Butter for greasing tin
  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 cup water


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Gather together all the ingredients and grease the baking tin.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients into the baking tin.
  4. Smooth over the dry ingredients slightly and make 3 holes.
  5. Into one hole pour the vanilla essence, into another the oil and into the third the vinegar.
  6. Pour the water over this mixture and, using a wooden spoon, beat until smooth.
  7. Smooth the surface and place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
  8. Leave the cake in the tin until cool and then turn out on to a plate and cut into small squares.

We hope these few fun activities will inspire you to put together a few of your own activities for your children to enjoy doing during the June/July school holidays.

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