Fun Things to do at Home

Lovely activities and crafts for all ages to enjoy making.

Have fun and don't forget to share your creations with us on Facebook or Twitter! #CraftFridays

Journaling

 Journeling is a great activity for all ages during the lockdown.

 It appears from looking into this subject that there is a lot of evidence of the benefits of keeping a journal. The experiences and benefits that journaling brings are different for each and every one of us because we’re obviously facing different lifestyles, we come from different backgrounds, and we have different goals.

Overall, journaling is known to be useful for:

  • Boosting your moods and positive feelings
  • Improving your self-awareness
  • Reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Improving your memory power
  • Enhancing your sense of well-being
  • Journaling helps you calm your mind.
  • It releases negative feelings and thoughts.
  • By keeping a journal, you can write about your feelings.
  • Journaling will help you measure your progress each day.
  • It’s a record of this place in time and something you can look back at and see how your life has changed.

We found this article from Unicef, #StayAtHome: Journals by children amid the COVID-19 pandemic . These young people tell us about how they spend their time indoors, what worries them and what helps them.

Another example is this free resource created by a parent to help their child through this period of time, 'My 2020 Covid 19 Time Capsule' .

 

You can use a notebook and your favourite pen.  You can use this time at home to record where you are in your life and talk about the impact of this time we are all experiencing.

Outdoor Messy Play

There are lots of exciting outdoor play activities for toddlers up to preschool that you can do outdoors in the garden . Children love playing with water here is a lovely idea from @TheImaginationTree.

We liked the Dinosaur Swamp and our friend had a go at home during the sunny weather this week.

 

 Here is our little friend enjoying his sensory water play.

All you need is a bowl or play tray, toys and some vegetation such as grass or leaves, buckets, nets. 

The great thing about this type of sensory play is that it not only appeals to little ones (bigger ones too!), its that it is so easy to set up and clear away. You use natural materials and toys your child already has. Children love to feel the natural objects in the water.

  

NHS Project Sew/Knit/Crochet a Heart - Volunteer from home  

“Volunteer from Home” is NHS new programme of opportunities that you can do from the following locations;

  • Your sofa
  • From under your duvet
  • From your garden enjoying the weather
  • Whilst enjoying a meal at your dining table
  • From the toilet.. Ew
  • Volunteering from home is a fantastic (and easy!) way to make a difference, without taking up much time.

Are you able to knit, crochet or sew (a felt) heart for families currently separated by the Coronavirus that are unable to visit in hospital? 

Required Role

NHS Heart Project - Knit/ Crochet a Heart // VOLUNTEER FROM HOME

Key responsibilities

Knit/ Crochet/ Sew (a felt) heart 6.5cm.

Desirable Skills

  • Creative and design
  • Positive attitude

Skill to gain

  • Creative and design
  • Positive attitude

Hearts need to be roughly 6.5cm.

Mail to;

York Hospital ICU

Wigginton Rd,

Clifton,

York

YO31 8HE

 

Birdsong

It is the time of year when we hear more birdsong. Birds are very, very busy at the moment. Just like this Blackbird in our garden!

They’re singing, breeding, gathering material such as moss and feathers and lichen to make their nests. Have a look to see what kinds of birds you can spot outside your window.

We have come across Lev Parikian’s Twitter Birdsong Project to learn the different calls. Birdsong is a wonderful natural sound and can be extremely de stressing.

Take five minutes on your walk or in your garden or out your window to really listen to nature. You’ll find that the volume starts to turn up as you focus. What can you hear? Birdsong?

 https://twitter.com/levparikian?lang=en

https://levparikian.com/index.php/twitter-birdsong-project/

 

 

Chocolate Lollies

All you need is : Block of chocolate or leftover Easter Chocolate, Baking paper, lolly sticks, cake sprinkles, sweets, more chocolate :)

To make the lollies , Draw an egg template on baking paper. Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water or microwave slowly(few seconds at a time until melted), Blob melted chocolate onto templates and use the back of a spoon to spread evenly. place a lolly stick at the base. Use edible decorative sprinkles and as much chocolate as you like to decorate. You could also add fresh berries like raspberries or blueberries.

Refrigerate for 20 mins and peel off baking paper slowly . Enjoy like these two :) !

 

 

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 Make your own flowers

All you need is: Glue, a pencil, scissors, twigs or sticks from the garden. Alternatively you could use lolly sticks, garden cane or try dry spaghetti

Colourful card or paper to make your flowers. If you don't have coloured card or paper, use white paper and colour it any colour you want.

Why not try - using glitter, feathers, sequins, paint or oats to create different textures and make your flowers stand out!

 To make the flowers, draw the tulip flower shape on a sheet of paper or card. Colour in the flower shape then carefully cut out using the scissors. To create the daffodil, draw a circle shape then add the petals around the circle you have drawn to create the petals. Then carefully cut out.

To make the centre of the daffodil, draw a rectangular shape roughly 2cm wide and approx 10cm long. Then cut 6 or 7 slits length ways along the step of paper/card. Keep the slits close together. Once done, roll the paper /card in to a cylinder and glue the edges together. Cut off any extra paper if too long. Open up the slits you created and dab a bit of glue on each tab. Then stick on to the centre of your daffodil that you have drawn. 

Once you have made your flowers, dab a bit of glue on the end length of sticks (or whatever you have used) and carefully press one of the flowers on to the stick. Complete for each flower. You could tie them together with a ribbon, garden twine or an elastic band.  

Grow your own vegetables

It can be both simple and rewarding to grow your own vegetables and you only need resources you may already have at home. You may have to purchase some  seeds which you can buy online from larger supermarkets or homeware stores, or have a rummage in the shed, ask your parents.  

All you need is: Toilet roll cases cut in half, yogurt pots, seeds we used tomatoe, french beans, mangetout, basil, oregano. Compost or good soil from your garden. Marker pen. Plastic tray or old kitchen bowl. Cellaphane from old packaging or clear plastic bag cut up. Postage tape. Water ;)

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we did:We then marked the rolls to indicate which seed was planted in it. Placed in the bowl. Used a spoon to fill the roll with compost/soil and then pushed a seed into the soil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then used a jug of water and carefully watered each plant, we let the water soak in, try not to over water. We then covered the  tray with cellaphane and used packing tape to secure it onto the bowl.

 All you do now is water regularly, try not to soak them too much. During the day if it is sunny take them outside in a sunny spot. In the evening bring them back indoors near a window or behind your patio doors. Watch them grow. I will update you on how ours are growing soon.

 

Rainbow Pancakes

This is a great idea for all ages, most of us love pancakes. This recipe comes from Juliet Sear, Vegan and Rainbow American Pancakes.  Our little friends had a go and they gave them a huge thumbs up!

American rainbow stack

Ingredients

1 pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking powder baking powder

1 heaped tsp of caster sugar

2 medium eggs (beaten)

30g of butter (melted and cooled)

300ml milk

220g self-raising flour

Butter for frying

Food colouring gel (I used yellow, orange, blue, green and red)

Optional

Spray cream

Maple syrup

Sprinkles

Method

  1. Whisk dry ingredients together
  2. Beat egg and butter into the milk
  3. Beat all together and leave to stand for a few mins
  4. Split mixture evenly into five bowls, add a small amount of colouring and whisk
  5. Then fry in a pan with a little butter
  6. Stack then cover with maple syrup, spray cream and sprinkles

   

Simple Biscuit Recipe

Really simple and easy to make. You can make any shape you want - even if you don't have biscuit cutters. Remember to wash your hands!

Makes approx 12 biscuits

Adult supervision required when using hot appliances and sharp objects.

You'll need: an oven, baking tray, parchment paper (or grease the baking tray with butter if you don't have parchment paper) rolling pin, knife / biscuit cutters and scales to measure the ingredients. Plus the below ingredients:

Ingredients

100g unsalted butter; 100g caster sugar; 1 large egg; 200g plain flour (a bit extra for dusting on your clean work top); 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (don't worry if you haven't got any).

Method: Pre heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

Line or grease a baking tray with parchment paper and leave to the side.

Take butter out of fridge and leave at room temperature to make it soft. Heat butter slightly for approx 10 seconds (700watt microwave) to soften. Beat butter to make it soft and creamy using a fork or electric beater if you have one. Then add the sugar and beat the butter and sugar together.

Crack an egg in to a mug - and try make sure no egg shell falls in. If it does, scoop out any egg shells using a spoon. Then add the egg to the butter and sugar, add the vanilla extract if using. Mix it all together.

Add the flour and continue to mix to make a dough. Add a bit more flour if too sticky.

Dust a little flour on to your work top / area. Break off a small amount of dough and make a ball shape. Place the dough ball on to the lightly floured work top and roll out to about a £1 coin thickness.

Now it's time to make your biscuit shapes. Use biscuit cutters or an ordinary cutlery knife and get creative!

Once cut out pop the biscuits on to the baking tray and ask an adult to pop in to the oven.

Bake for approx 25 minutes, until the biscuits have turned golden brown. Ask an adult to take the biscuits out of the oven and put to one side to allow to cool.

Once the biscuits have cooled you can decorate them! You can decorate them anyway you like using melted chocolate, sprinkles, jelly sweets, icing - you decide!

Easy Peasy Cheesecakes

 These are so simple to make and best of all it doesn't require an oven or much mess!

You will need: a small mixing bowl or cereal bowl, little dishes, a teaspoon, scales to measure your ingredients.

Makes two small ramekin dish sized cheesecakes.

Ingredients

125g soft cheese; 1 tbsp icing sugar; 20g melted butter; 2 oat biscuits (you can also use other variety of biscuits if you don't have oat ones!); 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional); Fruit or chocolate buttons to decorate if you wish.

Method:

Crumble the biscuits in to your mixing bowl.

Add melted butter to the crumbled biscuits and mix together. (melt butter in a microwave  - approx 60 seconds (700watt) - check about halfway through.and stop if already melted).

Put the crumble mix in to the two ramekin dishes - put half of the mix in each and press down using your spoon.

Mix the soft cheese and icing sugar together. If you have vanilla extract add here too.

Using your spoon, scoop out the soft cheese mixture and dollop on top of the crumbled biscuits in each dish. Pat down and spread over the biscuits.

Pop in the fridge for approx 2 hours.