Playcentre planning sparks holiday creations

Three ideas for inside-days these holidays, or any-days.

Thanks Caine’s Arcade for the inspiration for activity 1.

Cardboard machines & things
You will need:
All sorts of sizes of cardboard boxes including ‘extra largest’ ones
Wide clear cellotape (with maybe a dispenser like Caine’s)
Thick felt-tip pens for detailing
Split pins for moveable parts.
Poster paint (optional) – to paint creation

DSC_0592Use all the ‘ingredients’ to construct…

Tip 1: Construct things your kids are in to.
Dump trucks.
Arcade games.
A pinball course for a marble to roll down.
Cash register.

Tip 2: Or construct enormous things or buildings they fit in.

Rocket ship.
Shop counter/check out.
Wendy house.

Click here to view Caine’s Arcade 2 to see the phenomena his cardboard creations inspired worldwide.

As a ‘process cooking’ extension or alternative to playdough (as some view the latter as a waste of food resources)…

Children making biscuitsKids’ Shape Pastries
You will need:
Homemade or supermarket puff pastry (found in the frozen department)
Homemade or store/market/church stall bought jam
Free-range egg (optional)

Cutter shapes or pizza cutter or plain old bread and butter knife
Rolling pin (kids or adults size). A reused clean wine bottle has worked as a rolling pin stand-in for me in my 20s.
Baking paper
Baking tray
Basting brush (optional)
Cup or small bowl (optional)

Adult job: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Roll pastry out.
Use shapes, pizza cutter or knife to cut shapes.
Optional –  brush edges using a pastry brush with egg mixed with 1 T water. This step is mostly added for extra fun. Although when making a pie this helps to golden the pastry.
Spoon / spread a little jam onto shapes.
Can add pastry shapes on top of jam.
Adult job: Put jam pastry shapes into oven and cook for 10-20 minutes.
Tip 1: Watch as they can burn quite quickly.
NOTE: The jam is excessively hot when it’s fresh out of zee oven so all need to be patient.

Click here to bake windfallen apple pie in late summer. For a twist: gather stonefruit, berries or guavas from foraging in your or someone else’s garden.

photo (23)talent-show-kids-dancingMix ‘tape’ Home-day-disco:
You will need:
Itunes or Spotify or a Playlist/homemade CD
Amplifying device such as a stereo or some speakers
Clear dance floor or garden
A box or a suitcase
Specially chosen clothes for dress-up box, things people would wear rather than superheros e.g. suit jacket, bow-tie, sunglasses, beret, sequined bodice, flowy or ruffly skirt, bright colours, floaty fabrics, clothes with attitude.
Optional: big necklaces, make-up box including tomato red lipstick and nailpolish.
Pre-made/bought  ribbon rings or wands
Optional: Friends e.g. neighbours

Make a ‘mix tape’ of tunes that you feel fun and joyful dancing to.
Family favourites include:
Girls just wanna have fun.
Man in the mirror.
Dancing Queen.
Another one bites the dust.
Take a chance on me.
You’re the one that I want.
Stayin Alive.
You should be dancin.
You can’t touch this.
Put the lime in the coconut.

Tip: Particularly effective when parent is feeling a little blue, down, low.
Put dress-up box in the centre of the room and everyone choose what they want to wear (including tall people).
When costume-ready pump up the music.
Dance until everyone don’t wanna dance no more.

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Have fun families. I’d love to hear reports…

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