Imagine if you never had to hear the words “I’m bored” again!” Ok, this list may not work miracles, but there’s plenty here to keep children aged 3-5 busy. Take your pick from easy crafts, making dens, water play and fun ways to learn. There’s even some healthy snack recipes – because “I’m bored” is always followed by “I’m hungry!
Scroll for quick crafts, bakes and fun ways to paint…
Use everyday items for these easy ideas.
It’s so satisfying to see kids busy creating, so spark their imaginations with these simple projects.
1) LOLLY STICK MAKES
Children can make a pig, a superhero and a happy snappy croc with the stick from this ice cool snack.
2) PAPER CRAFTS
All you need is paper, scissors and tape for your kids to make everything from a frog to a snake.
3) FAIRYTALE CREATIONS
Step-by-step guides to making a fire-breathing dragon, Cinderella’s slipper and an enchanted rose.
4) PAPER BAG PUPPETS
These playful pals are easy to make and the fun doesn’t stop there – your kids can put on a performance with them.
Keep kids busy making useful stuff, from play dough to paint!
It’s tempting to splurge over the school holidays but these fun projects stick to a budget…
Kids stuck in a painting rut? Try these different ways for them to make their mark!
We know our painting posts are really popular, so we’ve pulled together these 5 different ways to get busy with paint.
11) BLOW PAINTING
Paint, paper straws and a great big puff can create awesome monsters, hair and more!
12) MIRROR PAINTING
The classic mirror butterfly painting gets an update – try challenging kids to create a penguin, a fish, an apple tree and a ladybird.
13) FORK PAINTING
Give your kids a fork so they can create a feathery owl, a crown and a unicorn’s mane.
14) CHOCOLATE PAINTING
Did you know you can draw with hot chocolate? And it smells so good! This post has lots of novelty ways for kids to make their own paint.
These treats are big on flavour without the hard work.
Head into the kitchen with your child for these no-fuss makes they can (pretty much) mix up by themselves.
16) NOSTALGIC TREATS
Coconut ice, rocky road, marshmallow squares… this is baking like Grandma used to, with no oven involved!
17) EASY FREEZY IDEAS
Healthy delicious treats that are made in the freezer. The pineapple lollies are genius!
18) PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
Go nuts for this indulgent treat that uses just peanut butter, chocolate and the microwave.
FUN & GAMES! These ideas all use stuff you’ll have lying around the house.
Grab these simple items when your kids just want to make a bit of noise and let off steam!
A bouncy ball, a banjo and a new way to paint – all made using rubber bands.
All you need is a dice for these games that get kids moving, learning and creating!
22) MAKE A SHARK (doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo!)
Kids can transform a tissue box into a ferocious friend (and then do the Baby Shark Dance!)
Turn on a tap and your kids will be entertained for hours. (We don’t know why it works but it does!)
Great ways to build easy hideaways – and keep them entertained all day.
Kids of all ages can release their inner Bach (or Beyonce!) with these 5-minute fun musical ideas.
EDUCATIONAL IDEAS: keep their brains busy over the school break with these fun ways to learn.
These activities turn science, maths and phonics into great games so your child can have fun without realising they’re learning something new.
Kids will love these crafty ways to make learning numbers fun.
This video shows you how kids can make shaving foam rain in a glass.
Whether kids are just starting to learn about time or need activities to help develop their understanding, this post is perfect.
Encourage kids to read with these craft activities based on The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
A greedy monster and a planet-hopping rocket help kids to understand the basics of phonics.
Help your child to grow a prize-winning sunflower with this step-by-step guide that includes tips from BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. You don’t need specialist equipment – did you know you can grow seeds in an egg box? Scroll down for advice on how and when to grow, and tips to win any tallest sunflower competition!
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