Are you ready for half term?
Well now you will be with these handy arts and crafts ideas! Getting creative is something anyone can do, even on a shoe string budget.
And if anyone can do that, it’s your mini humans. Kids are the most creative people in the world with their imagination, curiosity and unique point of view.
So grab plenty of glitter, your baking kits and potatoes because this half term we’re getting stuck in with these arty activities:
Mason Jar Madness!
I know what you’re thinking: no not another Mason jar blog. These little glass beauties can be used for anything from making snow globes, smoothies, vases, and more! We love making our own mocktails ready for the warm weather – if the sun does appear this half term, we all know what English weather is like! Our favourite recipe is the English Garden which is apple juice, lemonade, ginger, elderflower, cucumber, and water. It’s delicious and refreshing for cooling off on a hot day. If you have a juicer or food processor it can be a fantastic way to get kids to eat their greens with a smoothie. You can make them more appealing by creating your own superhero or princess inspired smoothies like the Cinderella (strawberries, raspberries, bananas, blueberries and yoghurt) and the Hulk (kale, kiwi, apple, pears, broccoli and bananas)!
The Great Half Term Bake Off!
We all deserve a treat now and then so why not bake fairy cakes with the little ones during half term? Replacing egg with banana can make carrot cupcake not only delicious but healthy. That’s right, healthy cakes… apart from the icing, of course. Let this be your cheat day on the diet, we won’t tell!
For the cake:
1 ripe banana mashed
1tbsp of margarine
1 grated carrot
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tbsp of baking powder
4oz of self-raising flour
A handful of raisins
Half a tsp of vanilla extract
1 tbsp of margarine
3 tbsp icing sugar
A handful of pecans
Measure your ingredients with your baking kit, sift the flower then mix all of the dry ingredients together to create a well. Add the wet ingredients and stir until you have a lush smooth batter. Place in your cupcake cases and bake at 180 degrees until your cakes have risen to a nice spongy texture. Let them cool off for the afternoon (try not to eat them… okay we ate 2), then mix together your icing ingredients (apart from the pecans) with a fork. Gently whisk it up in to a sugary thick icing and dab on top of your cakes. Finish them off by placing 1 pecan on top of each iced cupcake. Mmm scrumptious.
Little Green Fingers
Giving the kids their own little patch of the garden is wonderful for helping them learn about caring for nature and the environment as well as busting that half term boredom. You can teach them about growing food by planting some vegetable and fruit seeds in a corner of the garden or some herbs in a little planter. Get the tots involved by giving them a small watering can and get them to help encourage our bumble bee friends by watering the flowers for them to pollinate.
Potato stamps are a childhood classic and are a brilliant way to get the kids to make their own art during their half term holidays. Lay newspaper across the table to prevent any spillages then grab some paper and felt tip pens and let your mini start drawing! It’ll be a lovely contrast of pen and paint on their creation! Cut your potato in half then simply get the template – cookie cutters are surprisingly good for this – to cut round. Dab the moist parts of the potato with some kitchen roll then dip the stamp in paint and assist the little ones with gently pressing down the potato stamp. You can also use celery to make some pretty flower petal shapes too and carrots are brilliant for a more textured print!