When using powder paints if you put a very thin coating of
petroleum jelly on exposed areas of skin the paint will be a lot easier to remove when you
Thanks to Loretta M. Byrd
Pierce eggs with a needle or pin, both ends through shell.
Hold over basin and gently blow through one of the holes to force the egg out of the shell
the other end. Paint/decorate the shells (the children can help you do this) and
then hide them in the garden/house for an egg hunt.
Make your own sherbert/rainbow powder.
- Sherbert - use a cup of icing sugar, mix with 2
teaspoons of citric acid and 1.1/2 teaspoons of baking powder. (Don't use too much baking
powder as it leaves an unpleasant aftertaste).
- Rainbow Powder - use granulated sugar instead of
icing sugar and mix different batches in pretty colours. You can then pour the
different colours into a small jar to make an attractive gift. Or you can dye the
whole lot yellow with food colouring and use it to make lemonade powder (this tastes just
like the sweetshops' lemonade powder that you don't seem to get anymore).
All you need now is some liquorice to dab into
it - I remember it well.
- Make interesting keyrings etc. by shrinking yoghurt pots and crisp
packets into strangely attractive little dwarf packets by placing in an oven on a very low
Thank you Bekki May
I recently received an idea for using old CR Roms from Ms.
Catherine Kennedy which reminded me about making pom poms as a child.
- Cut out two circles of cardboard to the size of the pom pom
required (remembering the larger the ball, the more time and wool it will take). Cut
a hold in the centre of both circles. Put the two disks together and wind wool
through centre hole, over edges and back through centre hole. Continue in this
manner until disks are completely covered with wool and the centre hole is full. Cut
wool around outside edge, between two disks. Gently separate the two disks in order to
allow you to tie through middle. Pull disk completely off (or cut away) and you are left
with a pom-pom.
- Dab a large blob of paint onto a sheet of paper and show the child how to create a
design by BLOWING very gently with a drinking straw. Use different colours to create
- Draw an outline of an animal or any other object onto a piece of stiff paper. Cut
coloured paper, or an old magazine into small square and then show your child how to stick
the coloured paper inside the outline to make a mosaic picture.
- Thread a piece of ribbon, string or shoe lace with large buttons, painted cotton reels
or suitable dried pasta, to make a necklace in seconds.
- Mix one part washing up liquid with three parts warm water to make bubble mixture. If
you don't have a "blower", twist one end of a piece of wire into a circle and
form a handle with the other, MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO DANGEROUS SHARPS ENDS or,
alternatively, unbend a paper clip or use a plastic covered bag tie to form a
circle. Dip into the liquid and blow.
- When in the bath, rub soap between hands until there is a lot on both hands, dip quickly
into the bath water, put hands together palms touching, gently pull palms apart leaving
just index finger and thumb tips touching forming an "O" shape, do
this until a soap bubble forms in the "O" shape, then blow gently into a big
- To make a pretty box, line a shoebox and lid with felt, coloured paper or old material
and let your child glue sequins, shells, cut out shapes, or buttons to the outside.
- Cut out finger shaped outlines from felt, scraps of material or cut the fingers off old
gloves, sew together to make puppets that fit over the top of a finger. Paint, sew
or stick on facial features. If you cut out one side of a cereal packet this can be
used as a theatre for the puppets.
- Collect flowers and leaves, place between sheets of greaseproof or kitchen paper and
press inside a heavy book for about 48 hours. These can be made into pictures or
placed in a scrap book.
- When cooking little cakes with small children, pour the cake mixture
into a jug as this makes it far easier for the child to pour it into the
cake tins by themselves.
Thanks to Julieann Mcmillan for this
Other suggestions for
ways to amuse younger children under the age of 5
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