School-holidays have come and gone, but for most SAHMs everyday is a school-holiday! The cooler, and wetter, weather makes it a bit trickier to keep them out of trouble, and it also means you have to keep them busy inside instead of outside. Mother’s Day is also around the corner, giving you a nice theme (or excuse) to keep them occupied. Here are a few ideas, some tried and tested, others picked purely to add to my “mommy goals” list – so if you have tried them please share the results! Or add your own ideas to the list.
- Bake cookies.
You make the dough, they roll it out, press/cut out the shapes and decorate using edible paint, vermicelli, sprinkles, etc. I recommend using a pre-mixed box – not good for the body but great for the mind as the kids can help with the “measuring” and mixing as well!
- Chocolate truffels.
My trusted recipe:
- 250g plain sweet biscuits (I use Tennis biscuits)
- 1⁄2 cup desiccated coconut
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 340g condensed milk
- 3⁄4 cup of fine desiccated coconut, sprinkles, edible glitter, basically anything to roll the balls in
Crush the biscuits in a food processor until very fine (like flour).
Combine in a large bowl the crushed biscuits, the 1/2 cup of fine desiccated coconut and the cocoa. Mix the ingredients well.
Slowly stir in the sweetened condensed milk and mix well.
You know you have the mixture right if the mixture can form a dough ball. (If the balls are not holding shape then add more biscuit “flour”, desiccated coconut or even cocoa. You should be able to roll the mixture into a ball without it being too hard or too soft.
Give the kids the mixture and allow them to roll balls.
Place ¼ cup of whatever you decided to roll the balls in in a flat plate.
Let the kids roll the balls in the coconut/glitter/sprinkles/etc. Refill as needed.
Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
If you want the kids to be even more involved, and allow them some creative freedom, you can give them the chocolate mixture and a few other ingredients that they can add as they would like. Things like orange zest, nuts, dried peel, coffee essence, etc. Package in a box (which they can also decorate) and give as a special gift for Mother’s Day.
- Ice lollies:
Pack out all of the ingredients and allow them to layer their own ice lollies. Some ideas for ingredients: plain full cream yogurt (remember to only use yogurt with live cultures!), coconut milk, sliced fruit, berries, granola, seeds and nuts, cocoa nibs, chocolate chips. I bought my ice lolly moulds for very cheap at my local Crazy Store, but you can also by them through Takealot or most retailers.
- Egg carton flower wreaths:
We have been working on this since December, but I just can’t seem to get the girls to focus long enough to finish them! This was my inspiration. Thank you Homemade Serenity for sharing!
- Pipe cleaner flowers:
Buy pipe cleaners from your closest arts and crafts shop, or like me where I buy most of my craft supplies – Crazy Store. Fold them into brightly coloured flowers, or whatever else the kids want to make. A bunch of pipe cleaner flowers makes a very special Mother’s Day gift! More inspiration here via One Little Project.
- Paper doll dress up:
Print these templates, the dolls onto cardboard and the clothes onto normal paper. Give the kids the full pages for them to colour-in, then cut out the figures and accessories and watch them play for hours!
- Decorate a photo frame:
You can buy a cheap one, or make your own from wooden planks or even by cutting up a used box. Then give the kids various craft supplies and glue and see them use their creativity! Print a family photo and bam – Mother’s Day gift for Gran sorted! More ideas here courtesy of Mom Junction.
- Paint pictures using their hand prints/foot prints:
Have not done this yet, but this is the pinterest board that made me want to try.
- Help them to make their own scented shower gel/bath soap/oil:
Use my recipes as basis, then give them a selection of essential oils to mix their own scent. They can also make a “brand” for Gran or Mom.
If you have anything else to add to the list, please do! Leave a comment below.