Optional: crayons or markers, a toy tea set, tape, a box
You’ll need: a printer, paper, scissors, glue, plastic or paper plates.
Optional: crayons or markers, a toy tea set, tape, a box
Kids like helping in the kitchen, especially when the task is to decorate something! Making cupcakes is lots of fun because it’s really simple and everyone can decide what they want their cupcake to look like all by themselves. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the time or ingredients to make real ones so this is a great alternative with far less mess and no calories involved:)
Print the files attached. Choose the black and white or coloured version of the activity. If you choose the black and white option colour all the images before cutting them. Put on aprons and then decide what flavour and what colours do you want your cupcake to be. Vanilla? Chocolate? Lemon? Coconut? Choose the cupcake case and icing to match and using markers or crayons add sprinkles. You can even put a cherry on top.
Set the table for tea and make a cupcake party. Use a blanket or a dress as a tablecloth, put plates, cups, a vase of flowers from the garden or a walk in the park. You could pretend that it’s a birthday party for one of you.
If you make a lot of cupcakes you could even open up a bakery. Using tape stick the cupcakes onto a wooden surface like a door or a wardrobe in rows to make them look shelves in a bakery. Find a box to pack the cupcakes and decide who is selling and who is buying. You could even leave special orders that the baker would prepare for the “next” day.
You’ll need: a printer, paper, scissors, glue, tape, crayons or markers
It’s a busy day on the farm. The tractor is bringing in hay from the fields. The pigs are playing in a mud puddle. The sheep, horses and cows are grazing in the fields. The hens are looking for corn and the dog is running around keeping an eye on everything. Would you like to join them for some fun?
First look at the files attached and decide how would you like to use this activity so that it’s the most fun for your child.
1. There is a complete black and white picture of the farm to colour. There is a coloured version of the image as well, to use as a template for colouring or as a picture to use to talk about life on the farm and different animals. Additionally, you could cut out this image into large or small squares and use as a puzzle.
2. There is an image of fields and the sky to use as a background to glue on the animals, the tractor and the farm. Choose the black and white or coloured version of this version of the activity. If you choose the black and white option, colour all the images first and then cut out the animals, the tractor and the farm (to make cutting out easier, leave a small margin around the images) leaving the background picture whole. Using glue, arrange the animals, the tractor and the farm on the background sheet either freely or following the complete picture of the farm which is also attached.
3. Additionally there are two more black and white pages – one with a large image of a tractor and the other with larger images of the animals. Colour these images and cut them out. Glue them on new sheets of paper drawing additional elements like stables, a barn, a hen house.
You’ll need: a printer, paper, scissors, glue.
Optional: crayons or markers, cardboard, aluminum foil, a flash light.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon. Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one GO! Build your very own space rocket and pretend to be an astronaut set on a mission to explore the moon. You’ll need to wear a special uniform because there is no air in space and it’s also very cold. Don’t forget to put lots of fuel in the space rocket before you go.
Print the files attached. Choose the black and white or coloured version of the activity. If you choose the black and white option colour all the images before cutting them. Colour the space rocket and the astronaut’s uniform any colour you like: pink? purple? yellow? Glue the front and back of the space rocket together adding the flames at the bottom. On the back side (without the door) glue on the grey seat belt so that you can attach the astronaut for the flight. You’re ready to go!
Pretend pack for the trip. Explain that travelling in space takes a lot of time because of great distances and that the astronaut has to take all the supplies with him: food, water, fuel. Set the space rocket upright ready for departure and do the count down before take off.
You could cut out a big circle out of cardboard and cover it with aluminum foil to make it look like the moon. If you like you could even make more planets and the sun colouring them using paints or markers. Or simply use balls to build a solar system. When you land on the moon don’t forget that gravity there is six times weaker than on Earth and that the astronaut will jump as he walks.
If you have a flashlight why not turn off the lights in the room or use a room without a window like the bathroom and light up only the space rocket and make it look like real space.
You’ll need: a printer, paper, scissors, a lunchbox, plastic or paper plates.
Optional: Crayons or markers.
It’s lunchtime! Prepare your own perfect lunchbox with all your favourite things in it. How do you like your sandwich? Mozzarella, tomatoes and basil? Ham and cheese? A classic BLT? Or maybe smoked salmon and cucumber? None of these?! How about a lovely, cheesy toastie then?
Try out all the options and make sure everyone has a sandwich they like. Don’t forget to pack some fruit to snack on and maybe a nice slice of cake or a yogurt for dessert. A great way to teach your kids about all the different sandwich options and healthy choices for snacks.
Print the files attached. Choose the black and white or coloured version of the activity. If you choose the black and white option colour all the images before cutting them. Prepare a lunchbox that you can use or simply some plastic or paper plates. Start making the sandwiches. Put in as many ingredients as you like. Pretend to put butter on the bread using a finger or a plastic knife. If your kids love ketchup on everything then add that on top. Who likes bananas? Who likes apples? Both of you? Why not share then – simply cut the fruit in half with your scissors.
If your kids are not familiar with carrot cake and banana bread then explain that they are made with real grated carrots and mashed up bananas but taste absolutely delicious if you add cinnamon, raisins, walnuts and a frosting! Why not try making one of them at home? Check out the FOOD section of the website for a super easy, fool proof recipe for banana bread and have some healthy home made cake for tea.
Mum of two boys. Lives in London.