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Little People: Playdough!

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There are always stacks of great  things to do and places to go during the school holidays, but sometimes the simple activities you can do at home are just as exciting and a lot less effort than piling everyone into the car and packing up for the whole day. I also find that my kids really enjoy a few quiet days at home during the holidays, especially if I spend some time doing fun activities with them. Playdough is right at the top of the list. This recipe is adapted from a Playgroup WA info sheet.

This recipe makes enough for one child. I usually make a separate portion for each of my kids then they can choose their own colour.

The playdough will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge or pantry for at least a month. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbs oil
  • A few drops of food colouring

Method

  1. Give your child a large plastic bowl and spatula
  2. Help your child to measure and add the dry ingredients to their bowl
  3. Allow your child plenty of time to mix their dry ingredients while you boil the kettle
  4. Let your child choose their own colour
  5. Measure 1 cup of boiling water then add oil and food colouring to the water
  6. At a safe distance from your child pour the water/oil/colouring mix into the bowl of dry ingredients
  7. Mix with a spatuala until fairly well combined
  8. Turn out onto a floured counter and knead for minute or so
  9. The dough starts out a little sticky and grainy but quickly becomes smooth with the kneading

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My kids currently love taking their play dough outside and setting up a ‘bakery’. They have cookie cutters, cutlery, some recycled muffin and baking trays, shells, gum nuts, leaves, chopsticks, little bowls, dry pasta and rolling pins to create their masterpieces. What could be more fun 🙂

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Christmas Craft Activities: Hanging ‘Stained Glass’ Decorations

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Christmas Craft Activities are always a big hit in my house. From around mid-November I generally start putting old christmas wrap, last years christmas cards, bits of ribbon, christmas stickers from the $2 shop and christmas cookie cutters (for tracing around) in the ‘Useful Box’ on our craft table. I generally try to do a few structured craft activities with the kids as well.

My girls and I made these hanging ‘stained glass’ decorations last year and I just pulled them out of the box and hung them up again. They are really lovely and we had so much fun making them and hanging them in the window.

Hanging 'Stained Glass' Decorations

 

What you’ll need:

  • Coloured paper – we used paintings the girls had done already that they were happy to cut up
  • Christmas cookie cutters to trace around
  • Coloured cellophane
  • Ribbon or string
  • Christmas stickers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

How to make it:

  1. Trace around a christmas cookie cutter then cut out the shape
  2. Repeat step 1 so you have 2 matching shapes
  3. Cut out a hole in the middle of each shape – you can make it the same as your traced shape or let the kids cut out a randomly shaped hole.
  4. Glue a piece of cellophane (that is just big enough to cover the cut-out hole) between the two shapes
  5. You can also make a few solid shapes with drawings or stickers on them to intersperse with the ‘stained glass’ ones
  6. Punch a single hole in the top and bottom of each shape and use pieces of ribbon or string to tie together
  7. Hang in the sunlight and enjoy your handiwork 🙂

Feeding the Funky Bunch: Spinach & Sun-dried Tomato Frittatas

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These simple yet scrumptious frittatas are the answer to your prayers. Yummy, nutritious and easy to make, they are fantastic for a snack, lunch box addition or party food. They also freeze fabulously. Just pop in a zip lock bag, freeze and pull out as needed. You can defrost and eat them cold or warm up under the grill. I often put them in the kids lunch boxes frozen, knowing they’ll be defrosted by lunch time.

Frittatas (Makes 32 mini muffin sized frittatas)

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 10g butter
  • 100g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 180g mixed cheeses (cheddar, parmesan, mozarella)
  • Pink Salt & Pepper
Thermomix Method
  1. Pre-heat oven 200C
  2. Place butter and spinach in TMX with a good pinch of salt and pepper
  3. Cook 3min, 100C, Rev Sp2
  4. Blitz 10sec, Sp 9
  5. Transfer spinach to bowl to cool
  6. Add sun-dried tomatoes to TMX and blitz 6sec, Sp 9
  7. Transfer sun-dried tomatoes to same bowl as spinach
  8. Add cheeses to TMX and blitz 10sec, Sp 9
  9. Leave cheeses in TMX, add prepared spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, eggs and pinch of salt and pepper
  10. Mix 10sec, Rev Sp 2
  11. Spoon mix into mini muffin tin
  12. Bake 20min until puffed up, golden and delicious
Non-Thermomix Method
  1. Pre-heat oven 200C
  2. Crack eggs into large bowl and whisk
  3. Heat pan and melt butter
  4. Add spinach and a pinch of salt and pepper to pan, and cook gently until wilted
  5. Remove spinach from pan, finely chop and allow to cool before adding to bowl with whisked eggs
  6. Finely chop sun-dried tomatoes and add to bowl
  7. Grate cheeses and add to bowl
  8. Mix eggs, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and cheeses together, with another pinch of salt and pepper
  9. Spoon mix into mini muffin tin
  10. Bake 20min until puffed up, golden and delicious

Little People: Easter Colouring-in

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If you Google ‘easter colouring’ you will find a pile of sites with free, printable colouring-in and other Easter activities for the kids. I found a site today with some really nice colouring-in pictures and activities for this kids called Activity Village.

My kids favourite activity from the page was the ‘sticker’ colouring page. A printable page with lots of little Easter pictures surrounded by dashed ‘cutting-out’ lines. The kids could colour them in, cut them out and glue onto cards or the printable basket picture. Hours of entertainment for the Easter long weekend!