Holiday fun with your young child

We all look forward to the holidays, but how do we keep those little ones busy?

It should not cost you a lot of money to have fun. You can use things from your house and garden to create new toys and games.

  • Paint. Mix half a cup of flour with half a cup of salt. Add half a cup of water. Divide and put into different sandwich bags. Add a few drops of food colouring and blend.
  • Play dough. Mix 1 cup of flour, half a cup of salt, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 1 spoon of cooking oil and 1 cup of boiling water. Divide the dough and add a few drops of food colouring.
  • Make a house from an old box – cut in a door and a few windows.
  • Take an empty apple box and make a car from it. Pop popcorn and have a movie at the “drive-in.”
  • Use old boxes, pipes, etc. to make an obstacle course for toy cars.
  • Build a robot from empty boxes and paint it.
  • Make masks from paper plates.
  • Make binoculars from empty toilet rolls and decorate them.
  • Put unprinted newspaper on the wall for drawing and painting activities.
  • Make a necklace from beads or macaroni. Let them paint the beads or macaroni.
  • Play hide-and-seek.
  • Use grey water for outside water play. Provide buckets and spoons and cups.
  • Make an obstacle course outside using tables, chairs, boxes, hoola-hoops, etc.
  • Build a farm in the garden using e.g. sticks, stones and leaves.
  • Read stories together.
  • Create your own storybook by cutting and pasting pictures from old magazines.
  • Bake gingerbread men and let the children decorate it.
  • Make a tent using linen and blankets.
  • Play ‘shop.’ Make pretend money and sell and buy household items.
  • Play games such as ‘I spy with my little eye...’ or ‘Simon says...’

Let your imagination go and enjoy the holiday.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Fred Rogers

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