5 Family Fun Activities

Posted By Annamaria French  
00:00 AM

Below are 5 fun activities to try with your children on the weekends or during the holidays:



What you will need:

  • Egg carton
  • Black texta
  • Scissors
  • 4 pipe cleaners

Cut one cup from an egg carton.  Using the black texta draw a face on the front.  Using the scissors, make 8 holes at the base of the cup (4 holes on each side of the cup for the legs). Cut the pipe cleaners in half to make 8 legs and then insert one in each hole to make the legs of the spider.


Safe & Simple Firecrackers

Here's a safe and fun firecracker to make with your children:


What you will need

  • paint/pens/crayons/or coloured pencils
  • cardboard tube
  • glitter
  • stickers
  • aluminium foil
  • sticky tape
  • straws

Decorate the cardboard tube using the paint, pens, crayons or coloured pencils. For extra sparkle  add the stickers or glitter.  Fold up a small piece of aluminium foil and cut into 1cm strips.  Then wrap it around a straw with the sticky tape.  This is your sparkler.  Show your child how to slide the sparkler up and down inside the cardboard tube you have decorated.  When you push it through the top, make the sound effects for the firecracker.  Now your child has their own safe firecracker to play with.


Make Your Own Stickers

Here is a simple way to turn your photos or your child's drawings into homemade stickers:


What you need

  • 1 teaspoon of gelatin
  • small bowl
  • 2 teaspoons of boiling water
  • paintbrush

Place the gelatin in the small bowl and stir until it dissolves. Set aside for 1 minute to cool down.  Apply a thin coat of the paste to the back of the photos or the drawings using the paintbrush.  Set it aside to dry.  Once dry, all you need to do with your stickers is lick and stick to glass or paper. Voila!


Straw Painting

What you will need

  • food colouring/runny paint
  • paper
  • straws
  • eye dropper

Place a few drops of food colouring or runny paint with an eye dropper onto your sheet of paper. Pick up the straw and show your child how to blow through the straw to create patterns on the paper.  Repeat the process using different colours, then set aside to dry.  These paintings are great for wrapping small gifts!


Putt Putt Golf

This is a great activity to set up in your backyard with the children.


What you will need

  • small empty yogurt containers (punch some drainage holes in the containers to prevent them from filling up with water when it rains)
  • paper/recycle cards
  • paddle pop sticks
  • a set of plastic golf balls and club set (or make your own if you are a handy person!)

Find a flat spot in the backyard and dig out some holes large enough to fit the yoghurt containers into.  Using the paper or cards make some flags and attach them to the paddle sticks.  Push these into the ground next to each hole.  If you want your course to be more challenging you could make a water trap; a sand trap; or tunnel. 


Now you are ready for your first game of Putt Putt! So go and spend some time outside doing some exercise.