These are easy to make and fun to play with. You will need strong freezer bags, duct tape, baby oil, water and food colouring. Freezer bags are not always as strong as you expect so ask an adult to reinforce the sides and bottom edges by folding the duct tape over the edges. In a jug put the same amount of water and baby oil. Add a little food colouring and pour into the bag – it only needs to be about 1/3 full. VERY carefully seal the bag getting as much air out as possible then seal this edge with tape too. Now it is time to play!
Firstly, you will need to find all sort of pairs of objects of different sizes around you house e.g. a big and small brick. Make some jelly and put all your objects in before it sets (you may need to use more than one packet) leave it to set and dig out all the pairs. OR: an adult can make this and you can find out what they have hidden.
Stop and Go Game:
Make these signs and then you can tell everyone when to stop and when to go.
Cut flower, petal or leaf shapes out of felt, card or tissue paper - fold in half to snip a little hole in the middle and thread them onto a shoelace, drinking straw, pipe cleaner or pencil to make flowers. Put them on a cup to make a lovely bunch of summer flowers.
Large plastic bowl or tub (if you want to make it on a smaller scale you can use yoghurt pots).
Little toys, sea shells, etc to freeze
Tools to use to melt the ice with water (spray bottle, medicine droppers, turkey baster, measuring cups, watering can)
Food coloring (optional) – a little bit will make the ice cool blue!
This activity takes about a day or two to plan. Fill your bowl ¼ full and drop in a few toys (one or 2 drops of food colouring) and freeze. Repeat this process until the bowl is full.
When it's frozen get the ice out of the bowl by turning it over and running a little bit of warm water on it. Then place the block of ice either on the ground or a table and let your child have fun touching the ice and making it melt with warm water.
There are lots of games to play with balloons – here are a few ideas
Keep the balloon from touching the floor, or to make it harder have more than one balloon
Walk with balloons between your knees – how far can you get?
Blow up a balloon and let it go – can you catch it before it hits the ground
With a family member, face each other and hold hands – now put the balloon between you. How far can you side step together before the balloon falls. If there is more you can make a train (all facing the same way) and put a balloon between each of you
Make a balloon tower. Blow up a pack of balloons – they can all be different sizes – can you stick them together with bits of masking tape – how high can you go?
This is a fun game you play inside or outside. The stand is made from a paper plate and cardboard tube. Draw a cross in the centre of the plate the width of your tube. Cut along these lines – push your tube through and tape the flaps you have created in your plate to hold the tube in the correct place. You can make one or more of these targets. The rings are simply paper plates with the center cut out.
Have you a box and a ball at home? If so, you can make this fun game. All shapes of boxes will work so long as there is a hole big enough for the ball to come out. To make it harder put two holes in the box and then seal the box. This way you can put the ball in one hole but you won't be able to see the ball before you get it to fall out the other hole!
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