Have you reached that point in the Easter holidays? The purse is empty and the kitchen cupboards are full of Easter eggs.
And while the little ones are on a sugar rush – no, you can’t have another egg – they’ve got to the “everything’s boring” part of the Easter school holidays.
You’re tired of them playing computer games and watching TV. You’re desperate for some kids’ outdoor activities that will burn off some energy.
And when the weather turns bad, you want kids’ indoor activities that get them asking something other than: “Can I have some chocolate?”
Fortunately, Barracudas is here to save the day…
It’s all going on at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast and it’s inspiring us to get active here at home.
So let’s get our sports gear on for kids’ outdoor activities that bring out your child’s inner Katarina Johnson-Thompson.
For this fab race, you’ll need some clear space, and as many balls and ropes as you have competitors.
Give each competitor a different coloured or different sized ball. This is the one they’ll chase. Now, get everyone to swap balls – but remember which one is theirs.
Line everyone up with a skipping rope at their feet and get them to throw the ball as far as they can. Everyone has to retrieve the nearest ball and run back to their rope.
If they’ve got their own ball, they can start skipping with the rope – if not, they throw the ball again and keep repeating this until they get their own ball back.
The catch is that it’s the last child still skipping who’s the winner.
You can stretch this out further by running it in three rounds, with points for first, second and third.
Painting with brushes is just too easy. So set up the easel – or cover the kitchen table – and get creative in this arty kids indoor activity.
Pick the view you’re going to paint – if there’s nothing pretty outside the window, how about using something from a Sunday newspaper colour supplement or an old calendar?
Then set up your creation station. Dish out paper and paints – poster or watercolour – and your “brushes”. This is where you can get imaginative. The kids can use anything as long as it’s not a brush.
So how about an old kitchen sponge, their fingers, some kitchen roll, raw pasta shapes or spaghetti, old rags, the bottom of a soft drinks bottle, Easter egg packaging, their elbows … anything that springs to mind!
The picture that looks the most like the original gets the plaudits. But the funniest one’s creator gets to raid the egg cupboard.
Head out to the park and see what creepy-crawlies you can spot. It’s a kids’ outdoor activity that will go down a treat with young children.
So dig out your magnifying glass and a plastic jar and have a root around the hedgerows.
If they can gently tap the spiders, ants, beetles and bugs they find into the jar, your little ones can get a closer look at them using the magnifying glass.
If they’re really lucky, they might find a new species – you’re as likely to do it in your backyard as you are in the Amazon jungle. Apparently.
This one comes with a couple of important rules; No squishing and make sure to set the beasties free where they were found.
And take hand sanitizer or wipes so the wee ones can clean up.
Nothing says Easter Holidays 2018 like … slime? Children, for some reason, are super-loopy about the sticky stuff at the moment. So let them make their own in this gloopy kids’ indoor activity.