Fun Activities for Kids – Birthday Craft Activities

Planning your child’s birthday party doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some great ideas for their party.  It’s amazing how much fun one can have with just a few simple ingredients.

Fun Activities for Kids - Birthday Craft Activities

Spider Snacks
Age suitability: 2+

You will need (per spider): two cheese biscuits, a spoonful of cream cheese, 8 Twiglets or chipsticks, two sultanas

A fun way to eat a birthday tea – your kids can prepare their own! Take two round cheese biscuits and, using a dollop of cream cheese, sandwich them together, leaving a 1cm gap. Use the Twiglets (or chipsticks) to represent legs by sticking them into the cheese. Sultanas should be added for eyes, after which you can all gobble up your spiders together.

Fairy Cake Mountain
Age suitability: 2+

You will need: plain ready-cooked fairy cakes (the higher the number, the taller your mountain!), a selection of edible cake-decorations (icing, sprinkles, chocolate shavings, chopped strawberries etc)

If you provide your child with a certain amount of freedom here, it can be tremendously enjoyable to build one of these. Give them free rein to decorate about 20 plain cakes with coloured icing, sprinkles and chopped strawberries. Pile them high on a plate; stick the candle on the mountain’s peak.

Secret Rice Jar
Age suitability: 4+

You will need: a jam jar, rice, a cardboard tube and a birthday treat (chocolate or sweets work well)

If your child enjoys playing tricks on adults, they will enjoy making a Secret Rice Jar. Find a jam jar with lid and pour in a thin layer of rice. Take a cardboard tube, place it inside the jar on top of the rice, then cut it down in size so that the top is level with the rim of the jar. Holding the tube steady and central, carefully pour in more rice around the outside of the tube. When you look through the glass from any angle, you shouldn’t be able to see the tube. Now for the secret treat. Place something delicious inside the tube, such as chocolate coins or cubes of fudge, then screw on the lid and attach a note along the lines of “Dear Uncle, I thought you would like a nice jar of rice”. Wrap up the jar and keep the joke hush-hush until his birthday!.

Pancakes!
Age suitability: 3+ (with adult guidance)

You will need: (For the pancakes) 2 eggs, 200g plain flour, 600ml milk, orange segments, a lemon, (For the decorations) cress seed, cotton wool

When making your pancake batter, break the eggs in half carefully and save the eggshells after giving them a quick rinse. The above ingredients make around 10 pancakes. Beat together the flour and eggs, then slowly blend in the milk. If you like like to squeeze orange juice as well as lemon on to pancakes, it will give you lots of orange-peel quarters to cut into fantastic teeth shapes and slip inside your lips. Award the last pancake to the most grotesque smile. Finally, everyone must have a go at flipping a pancake. Let it cook well on one side, shake the pan to loosen it, then give it a whirl.

When finished, fill the eggshell halves with damp cotton wool and sprinkle with cress seed that you cleverly remembered to buy beforehand. Paint faces on to the shells and stand in egg cups on a windowsill, checking occasionally that the cotton wool doesn’t dry out. In a few days, your eggheads will be sprouting green hair. Very popular with those under six.

Floury Faces
Age suitability: 6+

You will need: plain flour, a bowl and spoon per person, a chocolate button

Older family members will love playing Floury Faces. Pile a mound of flour on a plate and hide a button inside. Be sure to cover your tracks, so it’s impossible to know where the button is. In turn, each person holds a spoon and scoops out a small amount of the flour mound into a bowl. When a player uncovers the button, they must stick their face into the flour and pull it out using only their mouth. Don’t breathe in whatever you do, as flour up the nose is tickly. Keep re-heaping the flour and hiding the button until everyone has been floured.

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Things To Do With Kids – Kids Games When You Are Out And About

Keeping kids entertained while you go out for a walk or on a long car journey can be a challenge, especially if they are little. Here are some great games you can play to make the trip more fun for everyone.

Things To  Do With Kids

Walkin’ the Planks
You will need: An open space with plenty of twigs and branches to hand
Find a patch of ground where there’s plenty of dead wood lying around and play Walkin’ the Planks. Rearrange logs and branches so they link up to form a circle. Be sure to leave a few gaps here and there to jump over. Take turns to walk your wobbly course, balancing as you go. Don’t let your feet touch the floor more than three times per circuit. You go first to test its stability; if it’s very tricky, your children may enjoy looking for a long, sturdy stick with which to steady themselves.

What’s Your Story, Corey?
This is a silly game to liven up an otherwise dull walk around the shops or home from school. As you approach someone coming the other way, have a quick glance at their face. Think up an appropriate first name and concoct a tiny piece of their life. When you’re definitely sure they’re at least ten paces past you and won’t be able to hear you, start up a sentence with their imaginary name, for example: “Norman’s just been to see his granny,” or, “Jo’s got a new car.” Particularly good people to peek at are cyclists, young couples and teenagers, shop assistants and dog walkers – guess the pet’s name, too. Be careful that your children are aware this is a game – this one could backfire horribly!

Granny Went To Market
This is another time-filler for walks or car journeys. Start by saying, “Granny went to market and bought a…” Then choose any item – let’s say a melon. Your child then repeats this and adds another item to the list, maybe a Russian doll. You now repeat these two items and add another, saying, “Granny went to market and bought a melon, a Russian doll and a mobile phone.” Aim for a list of 20 items.

I Spy Alphabet
‘I Spy’ is one of those games that children love to play on a long journey, but which can quickly become over-played and stale! This simple variation might make it a bit more interesting for all involved. He spies something beginning with A, then you spy something beginning with B etc, moving through the alphabet to Z

Blackberry Sludge
You will need: containers to collect the fruit in, a saucepan, sugar, an apron and a sieve
Another way to brighten up a stroll is to spend part of it collecting the best of the season’s fruit growing in the hedgerow. This will depend on where the reader is located – the following idea is based on picking blackberries (raspberries will do also). Collect a tubful, eating one or two ripe ones as you go. It may be an idea to take along a plastic bottle of water to use to rinse the berries before eating! When you get home, give them a good wash, tip into a saucepan with a little sugar and simmer gently for a few minutes. Cover any precious clothes with an apron and burn off more of your child’s energy pushing the blackberries through a sieve. You’ll be left with a delicious, thick syrup that looks rather like congealed blood and tastes fantastic poured over ice-cream.

The Non-Walk
A helpful tip for enticing your children outside for a walk… Firstly, under no circumstances mention the words, “Go for a walk.” Instead, take a little time beforehand to go on a solitary reconnaissance mission to find a few items en route that will hit their interest buttons. All you need to then do is simply ask who fancies seeing a decomposing rabbit, a fox-hole, etc. Fingers crossed, they’ll jump at the chance. Second, select a tree on the walk with a perfect-sized hole in its bark where wrapped sweets can regularly be stashed and discovered. Walks just got a whole lot more interesting!

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