Here are a few ideas for keeping everyone busy.

When my children were small I remember searching for ideas to help pass the time which were inexpensive and fun.


Children of all ages love this.

Mix Cornflour in a bowl with water until it becomes thick, so you can still pour it but feels solid under pressure. Put it in a washing up bowl or straight on to a tray/table and allow the children to explore the texture, different toys can be added for children to play or haircombs to make patterns with.
This used to keep my children entertained for ages and it is easy to wash up afterwards.
You can always add food colouring if wanted.


1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
food colouring
1 Cup flour

Mix water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food colouring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
Remove from the heat and add the flour.
Stir, then knead until smooth.
Store the dough in an air tight container.

The Cream of Tartar makes this dough last for 6 months at least so don’t forget to add it

Marbled paper.

Mix a small amount of vegetable oil with some drops of food colouring and mix well.
Make a few pots of different colours.
Take a pie dish or something similar and cover the base with water and then add drops of the coloured mixture to it,add a couple of different colours, you will see lots of bubbles appear on the surface of the water, take a piece of card or thicker paper and place on the surface of the water, lift it off and hang to dry.
Lots of pretty marbled paper on the washing line always looks good and then when dry the children have pretty pictures or they can use them as invitations to parties or to write letters on (if we still write them).

This was always one of my favourite games to play.

Hope that you all have fun xxxx