MMM {mini} Crafts to keep them busy

Making dens in the garden on a sunny day Image: instagram.com/erica_davies
Making dens in the garden on a sunny day
Image: instagram.com/erica_davies

It’s the summer holidays which means heading off somewhere lovely – but which can also mean long days trying to keep the small ones entertained.

I am a big believer in not planning things to do for every minute of the day, every day of the week. And anyway, you can end up spending a small fortune (and eat rubbish food) on ‘exciting’ days out that leave everyone frazzled.

So sue me, but I think it’s OK for them to SOMETIMES be a bit bored. I read it somewhere and I totally agree with the sentiment. I can remember growing up having long, boring afternoons with nothing to do, but I used my imagination and went and did something, or created, or coloured.

Sunny days can be sorted with play dates, a cheap paddling pool and tupperware boxes. But it’s the rainy days you worry about – after all, there’s only so much CBeebies will help with.

So I have taken some inspiration from Pinterest and come up with five crafty activities that’ll entertain them during the make – and the playing time afterwards.

PS Pinterest UK interviewed me for their blog, check it out here.

 

1: INDOOR HOPSCOTCH MADE WITH DUCT TAPE (could also try Washi tape)

1: Indoor hopscotch made from duct tape. Could also try wash tape. Image: haga26.se
Image: haga26.se

How to do

 

2: MAKING A CARDBOARD CAMERA

Image: laboratoriperbambini.blogspot.com
Image: laboratoriperbambini.blogspot.com

How to do

 

3: BUILDING A DEN OUT OF AN XXL LAUNDRY BAG

Image: 101woonideeen
Image: 101woonideeen

How to do

 

4: BUILDING A CARDBOARD DOLLS HOUSE

Image: Natalie Lue
Image: Natalie Lue

This was uploaded onto Pinterest without instructions, but lots of great how to do ideas here

 

5: DIY SAILBOAT IN A JAR

Image: Handmade Charlotte
Image: Handmade Charlotte

How to do

  • Comments ( 2 )

  • avatar
    School Gate Style

    I agree with you on kids needing to be a bit bored. Yesterday we had rain and hubby was away. But as I’m laid up with my back, I couldn’t do anything exciting with the kids or take them out. Once TV time was up, they bickered for a while but then it went quiet….never a good thing, surely?! But no, they’d raided their craft cupboard & found an unopened ‘paint a canvas’ set, laid out newspapers and started working on it!
    I’ve also found Lego competitions great – they all have to build a structure within a certain time (set the oven timer for as long as you ‘need’!) – they love it 🙂
    Thanks for all your ideas – loving the indoor hopscotch – so simple X

    • avatar
      Erica

      LOVE the idea of the Lego competition! I’m so stealing that one! Hope your back gets better soon Avril xx

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