It’s Christmas!! Activity inspiration for a perfect staycation!

Happy Christmas everyone! I hope that you all have a great Christmas planned with your family whatever you are doing!

My eldest daughter has just finished her Kindy year and we have a long 6 weeks ahead of us (she gets bored very easily!), so I have been trying to think of ideas we can do together at home, which are also suitable for my 2 year old! I know many of you will be wondering what you can do in the holidays with your little ones when it’s too hot for the beach or the park, so here are four at home ideas which are easy to do and fun for all!

Play dough

Simple, effective and loved by all kids! You don’t need play dough tools to have fun with play dough! Just grab some cups, spoons, icy pole moulds, cup cake trays, whatever you have to hand and let your little ones get creative! Maybe they could make some carrots for Santa’s reindeer! Here is an awesome recipe for play dough which you can keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!

Mix 2 cups of plain flour, 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar and ½ cup of table salt in a bowl.

Mix 2 cups of boiling water, 4 dessert spoons of oil and some food colouring in a jug. Add the water mixture to your flour mixture. Stir well and then knead till smooth (watch out! It will be warm!). Pop it in a zip lock bag and let it cool!

Coloured noodles

So easy and so much fun! These are great on a warm day, you can keep them in the fridge and then bring them out as a fun, slimy, sensory activity!  You just need a baking tray, vermicelli rice noodles (found in the Asian food section at most supermarkets) and food colouring!

Boil the kettle, pop your noodles into a pan and cover with boiling water. Allow them to cook for a couple of minutes until soft, strain ½ the water and add your food colouring. Stir well and allow them to sit for 1 minute in the colouring.  Rinse the noodles very well under cold water and then store in the fridge in a zip lock bag!

Note: Throw these away after play time is over.

Jelly ice cubes

My girls love these! You can use the blocks to build castles and igloos or just have fun squashing them! When they start to melt they can be poured and squashed! Great fun!

You just need some jelly crystals and some block ice moulds. I like the ones Kmart sell, they are a large cube with six blocks.

Make the jelly up as per the instructions, pour into the ice moulds and freeze! Simple!

You can also freeze plastic toys, such as dinosaurs in the jelly cubes, great fun for the kids to excavate!

Use a baking tray to put them on for play time, or a deep cake tin. Just watch out on the floor, jelly is slippy!

Upright painting

This is such a good activity to build gross motor skills in children and it gives them a completely different perspective on their art!

All you need is a roll of paper, you can get this from Kmart, Ikea or brown paper from the post office, tape, some paint and brushes! You can also use tools around the house to make shapes, like cups, forks etc.

The best way to do this is to cover a table that you can lie on it’s side, such as a camping table, kids play table or a row of chairs. Cover the front with the paper securing it with tape around the edges, put down an old towel or sheet, pour your paint onto a tray and let your kids have fun!

If you are worried about paint everywhere, you can let them use crayons, felt tip pens etc too!

I hope you have a fun filled Christmas! I look forward to seein you in the New Year for some more messy fun!

Jenny at Little Messy Learners Mandurah and Rockingham

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