5 Activities to Keep your Children Busy

Posted By Annamaria French  
00:00 AM

Trying to keep children entertained, can be a daunting task for the best of us.  Below are a few activities that might help you pass the day with your children and keep you sane as well.


1)Pretend Stained Glass Pictures


Cut 2 identical pieces of waxed lunch-paper.  Lay the first piece, waxed side up, on the table, and place flat decorations on top, for example  coloured foil, glitter, feathers and leaves all look good.  Using a sharp knife grate some old crayons to make shavings. Then sprinkle the shavings between the spaces on your decorations.  Place the second piece of waxed paper on top, with the waxed side down.  Carefully place on top of a towel or newspaper, then put another towel or newspaper on top.  Using the iron on a medium heat, iron the stained glass creation checking often to make sure nothing is burning.  Continue this process until the wax melts and the two sheets are sealed together.  Using some pinking shears cut around the edge or simply trim neatly around the edges.  Finally punch a hole in the top and tie some ribbon or string for hanging your stained glass picture somewhere where there is light, like a window.



2)Fabulous Fingerprints


Turn fingerprints into amazing art by adding details with colouring pencils, pens or textas!

Press a fingertip or thumb into a sponge soaked with watered down coloured paint – then press the fingertip onto a piece of paper.


It shouldn't take long to dry and when it is dry, use the colouring pencils, pens or textas to turn the fingerprint into a flower, an insect, a person, a design, or an animal.


These designs can be used to create your own decorative stationary or envelopes to make wonderful gifts!



3)Quick and Easy Frisbees


Paper plates make wonderful frisbees- and everyone can have one of their own!  Decorate a paper plate with textas, pencils or crayons.  Try stapling streamers or wool or fabric scraps to make them more colourful.


Practice throwing them. Plan a trip to the park to use your new frisbee and have some fun!



4)Tennis Ball Painting


This is a fun outdoor painting activity to involve the children in. Lay a large sheet of paper on the ground. Use paper plates to place small amounts of different coloured paint, include as many colours as you like.


Make sure each colour and plate has a tennis ball. Then bounce a tennis ball on the paper and see what kind of coloured patterns you can create.


5)Healthy Coco-Pop Bars

Children love to cook and it's a great way for them to develop confidence, fine motor and hand eye co-ordination, problem solving skills and language skills.  But most importantly it's a great way to bond with your child.


So enjoy making a mess with your child by creating some delicious bars to eat for morning or afternoon tea time!


  • 4 cups (120g) rice bubbles or any puffed rice
  • 1/4 cup (40g) chia seeds
  • 2 cups (200g) desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup (25g) raw cacao powder
  • 3/4 cup (255g) honey or 1 cup rice malt syrup
  • 1/2 cup (110g) coconut oil melted


  • Place the rice bubbles, chia seeds, coconut and cacao powder into a large bowl.
  • Pour over the honey and melted coconut oil and mix together really well.
  • Place the mixture into a lined 20cm square cake tin and press down firmly (I like to use a round glass and roll it over the mixture to really press it down extra hard).
  • Place the tin into the fridge and leave for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  • Take out of the fridge and cut into bars.
  • Store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge.


Please note that using honey will keep the bars together more firmly than rice malt syrup. 
To ensure that the bars don't crumble when being sliced, make sure the mixture is pressed very firmly into the tin and allow to set for 2-3 hours in the fridge. 
Use a cake tin of the same size to help press the mixture down firmly. It's important that the mixture is pressed down very firmly so that it doesn't crumble when sliced. 
Remove the slice from the fridge and cut immediately (if you allow it to come to room temperature, it will crumble on slicing). 
Cut the coco-pop bars with a very sharp knife while the slice is still in the tin. 
Place the slice pieces back into the fridge as soon as you've cut them (to keep them intact).