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Things To Do With Kids At Home

Date Published 07.04.2017
Topic Home Insurance

Things To Do With Kids At Home

The weekend has finally arrived but it has been a busy week and the idea of going out for the day doesn’t appeal. Even if no one feels like leaving the house it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on family time. Sometimes, it's days like these that offer the chance to have the best quality time with children. But what to do? We asked parents all over Ireland what their children love to do when they are home for the day and we got some great ideas for kid’s activities. Here are 4 of our favourites:

 

MAKE: PLAY DOUGH

We know children love to bake but why not make your own play dough so you have all the fun of baking with something to play with at the end of it? It’s really easy. This recipe is simple but messy enough to be fun for everyone!

PLAYDOUGH 

Ingredients:

2 cups of plain flour

1/2 cup of salt,

2 two teaspoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of cooking oil

2 cups of boiled water

Food colouring

Optional: Glitter!

Method:

a) Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl, make a hollow in the centre and add the oil.

b) Next add the food colouring to boiling water, then pour into the hollow.

c) Mix until it ‘comes together’, then turn out on to table and knead well.

d) For some added sparkle add some glitter to the dough towards the end of kneading!

e) Repeat the recipe with different food colourings so you have a few colours to play with.

Store each colour in an airtight container and they should last for a few days of play!

play-dough

SCIENCE EXPERIMENT: PLAY DOUGH VOLCANO 

The best kind of learning is when it’s fun! So why not try a simple experiment (maybe using the playdough that you made earlier!) and household ingredients to entertain and educate your kids.

Ingredients:

  • Play dough (you may not be able to play with it after this!)
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Red food colouring
  • A tray/container to stop the ‘lava’

Method:

a) Make the playdough into a mountain shape with a crater at the tip to hold the vinegar (Added fun: who can make the tallest volcano or the most realistic looking?)

b) Place the volcano in the tray

c) Add the white vinegar and 2-3 drops of red food colouring into the crater

d) Add the baking soda and watch what happens…

Why does that happen? Because you know you will be asked! The answer is, when the vinegar and baking soda are mixed they form carbon dioxide gas. This gas rises to the top of the mixture in the same way that bubbles rise to the top in fizzy drinks (which are also carbonated!).

GET CRAFTY 

Unleash your creative side with this kids activity by gathering anything and everything you can from around the house. Some suggestions:

  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Toilet roll inserts
  • Shoe boxes
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic cups
  • Cotton wool
  • Ribbon
  • Wool
  • Spare buttons
  • Old wrapping paper

Throw it all in the middle of the table (covered in newspaper!) with all the colouring pencils, paints and paper you have and start making! Imagination matters here but if you need some suggestions:

But really once everyone is having fun – anything goes!

arts & crafty

THE DISHES 

This one might be for the younger children in the house but ‘doing dishes’ was one of the activities they enjoy! It makes them feel ‘grown up’ and allows them to engage in some sensory play. Probably best to use a basin on the floor with lots of bubbles and some dishes and cutlery that aren’t easy to break. Offer to dry the dishes they wash, it’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with them!

Family time is precious, let us help you make the most of yours. These are only some of the suggestions we had for things to do with kids at home. What kid’s activities are most popular in your house? Let us know in the comments!

Make sure you protect your home in the same way as you protect your family with comprehensive home insurance from AIG Ireland.

*We recommend all activities are supervised by an adult.

 

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