There are loads of things you and the kids can make together that will give you hours of fun, so here are our favourite six:
The kids will love making puppets and doing silly voices as they let their imaginations run wild acting out show after show. And puppets are easy to make. The two types my family love best are sock puppets and lollipop-stick puppets. If you’re thinking about throwing any old socks out â€“ don’t â€“ just put them to one side for the holidays. Same with lollipop sticks â€“ just give them a wash after eating the lolly and throw them in your art and craft box. Socks are ideal for sticking felt faces to, whilst lollipop-sticks are fantastic for sticking drawings on. So start making your own puppets and let the games begin!
Kids used to play this game for hours, and there’s no reason why they won’t enjoy it today. Better still you can make your own from a few paper plates and an empty tin foil/cling-film roll. Simply cut the centre out of the plates and then get the kids to paint the rings and the empty roll. Once they’re dry, simply stick one end of the roll in the garden and you can all see how many rings you can throw on to the roll. Now what about that for a great game?
Which family doesn’t like baking? Not only is baking fun, but it’s also a great way of introducing the kids to cooking â€“ a skill that will serve them well throughout their lives. You can make all sorts of savoury snacks and sugary delights â€“ though the kids will always choose the latter if you let them. If you haven’t got any recipe books at home there are loads online which you can buy. There are also lots of recipe sites online which you can research and print your favourite ones! It’s also a great idea to make something that the kids can decorate after like cupcakes as you want them to be joining in the fun and games!
Families have loved playing Bingo for decades. But if you haven’t got a bingo machine â€“ don’t worry. Bingo cards are cheap to make â€“ and no doubt you can find some online and print them off. For the numbers you can simply write the numbers on some paper and draw them out of a bag. Maybe the winner of each game could have one of the cakes you baked earlier. If you really want to push the boat out, you can also play online Bingo. Many of the online bingo sites offer free-to-play games for new members and you can win cash prizes â€“ win one of those and you could be taking the kids to a theme park or even on holiday.
Whether you’ve won at online Bingo or not, there’s no better family day out than a theme park as most kids love all the rides and the shows which are on site. It can be an expensive day out, especially if you eat lunch and dinner out, so you might want to consider taking a packed lunch and some drinks. If it’s going to be especially hot â€“ it’s a great idea to freeze the drinks the night before and take them out in the morning, that way they’ll stay nice and cold for ages. Also, there are usually loads of half-price tickets available, so check out all offers before you go.
And who can forget that Halloween is just around the corner. Halloween is a great opportunity to throw the kids a party, whilst beforehand they can make costumes, dress up, carve-out pumpkins and make loads of delicious Halloween themed party-food. You can also make and play all sorts of Halloween games such as apple bobbing and guess the ghost, or why not have a Halloween treasure hunt involving lots of candy. I loved playing games at Halloween.
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