3 Activities to Keep Your Children Busy on Weekends

Posted By Annamaria French  
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1. Homemade Face Paint



  • 1 tsp cornflour 
  • 1/2 tsp water 
  • 1/2 tsp face cream 
  • 2 drops food colouring


Place all ingredients in a small container with a lid and stir using a toothpick. If the paint is too thick you won't be able to spread it, so add a few extra drops of water to the mixture. The face paint can be either applied with a paintbrush, a cotton bud for small areas, or use your fingers to spread it all over your face.  Spend some time experimenting with super hero  animals, frozen, turtles and insects etc. until you feel that you have mastered the art of face painting. Check out Google for simple face painting ideas.


2. Paper Mache Boxes



  • 2 cups of water (boil in a medium saucepan). 
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ice cream container
  • sheet of newspaper or any paper that size
  • magazines or advertising leaflets
  • plastic wrap to cover




In a bowl, combine the flour with the cold water.  Add this mixture to the boiling water in the pot.  Continue stirring the mixture until it returns to the boil.  Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. As the paste cools down, it will thicken.  


Spread out the sheet of paper and place the upside down ice cream container on the paper.  Then cover with plastic wrap. Tear the magazines or advertising leaflets into strips, and dip them into the paste.  Then apply the pasted strips over the plastic wrap until the whole container is covered.  Leave it to dry for a few hours, then apply another layer over the top.  Leave it overnight to dry.  In the morning gently tip the container over and slide out the paper mache box.  Put it somewhere warm to dry for the next two days.  Leave it natural or paint and decorate it. For extra effect use pinking scissors to trim the edges. Try different boxes, bowls, empty tins to paper mache and create all sorts of containers.


3. What’s The Difference?

  • magazines or advertising leaflets
  • scissors

This game is little like the book "Where's Wally"? It helps your child use their problem solving skills to analyse the photos and identify differences about each one.


Start the game by cutting a selection of similar items like houses, cars etc. from the magazines or advertising leaflets.  Sort them into piles and then place two of the pictures of the same topic in front of your child and ask them to look and think carefully about each picture. Then ask them to show you all the differences they can find.  The differences could be in the shape, colour, number of windows, size, etc.