The summer holidays are upon us – weeks and weeks of sunny (and not so sunny) days with the kids stretch ahead. Days out don’t come cheaply so we thought we’d put together a few inexpensive and completely free ideas to help entertain the kids at home. Most of them will use things you have around the house too. Feel free to share them with your friends on Facebook or Twitter!
You will need:
Baby bubble bath or any shampoo/washing up liquid
Food mixer/hand whisk
A pan and some plastic spatulas/cooking utensils
Get the food mixer out, squirt in a good amount of baby bath/washing up liquid (hold the squirt for about 3 seconds) mix in a little water – about 100 mls – and start mixing. Watch the foam grow! Pour it into the pan and hand it over to your kids with some plastic kitchen utensils such as spoons or spatulas. If you don’t mind making three or four batches you can fill a small paddling pool and let them sit in it!
They can splat it on each other, on themselves, on the fence, they can play with it with their hands, their feet, make shapes on the pavement, make pretend coffees and beers with cups, or pretend cakes. If you want to be really fancy you can make a few batches and add a few drops of different food colouring in each one, so they can mix the colours.
Watch out for: slipping! This is slippery when on grass and pavements so take care.
About Alison McGarragh-Murphy
Alison writes and edits stuff for The Motherload®, and is also a radio producer and broadcast journalist, a mum of two and a wife of one. Since becoming a mother she has (mostly) gladly swapped a busy social life of gigs, pubs, art galleries and museums for dancing in the kitchen, drinking on the sofa, finger painting and hanging out at the park. She talks incessantly about not having slept for three-and-half years.