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With the kids at home, we encourage parents to become creative in keeping their young ones entertained. But, don’t worry, we’re here to help. In the latest of our series, we offer another three really cool ways you can keep your little ones entertained.

Ice-Lolly Paints

Get the kids at home really excited with some at home crafts. These super easy paints are a great way to let the creative juices flow.

You Need:

  • Ice lolly tray
  • Water
  • Children’s finger paints
  • Ice lolly sticks

Method:

In separate bowls mix the finger paints with water. We suggest watering the paint down to a one-for-one consistency. This means one small tub of paint and the same amount of water. Remember to mix thoroughly. Pour the paint mixture into the ice lolly trays and pop in the freezer. After about an hour, insert the lolly sticks and freeze over-night. Cover a table with newspaper and give the children paper to paint on.

Perfect Play Dough

A great way to get your children to move their hands is play dough. Making your own playdough is a great way to get your children involved in the whole process too.

You’ll Need:

  • Food colouring
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • Half a cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 cup of flour
  • A cup of boiling water

Method

Start by mixing together the cream of tartar, salt, and flour. Ensure that it is combined well. Next, add in the oil. Add a few drops of food colouring to the boiling water. Now, add the water mixture to the flour mixture. Mix everything together. Massage the mix with your hands until it is no longer sticky. When the mixture has cooled completely it can be wrapped in plastic and stored in an air-tight container. This will last for around 6-months.

Tasty Blocks

These are a complete sensory explosion for your children. They are fun to make and even more fun to play with. As a bonus they are edible. As a pro tip, why not add in a few sprinkles or even toys to give you children surprises as they play.

You’ll Need:

  • Gelatine Power (clear)
  • Food colouring
  • Food flavouring
  • Wax paper
  • Boiling water
  • Different containers

Method:

Start by placing the Gelatine power to a bowl. Measure our two-thirds of the water needed to make the Gelatine mix and add food colouring and flavouring. Now, slowly pour the water and colouring mix over the Gelatine powder mixing as you pour. Once all of the Gelatine has dissolved, transfer the mix to a container lined with wax paper and pop into the refrigerator. When the mix has set, cut into squares and let the children play. If you want to add toys put these in after you poured the mix into containers.