It’s school holiday time! If two whole weeks without packing lunches doesn’t have you excited, you can look forward to spending some quality time with your kids. That is until those two dreaded words are uttered: “I’m bored.” Let’s face it, “I’m bored,” is going to happen. What we don’t want is for these words to be heard on every day of the break. That’s why we’ve got you covered with our low-cost activities for kids at home.
We’re all about finding creative ways to reuse otherwise unwanted materials. Recycling old timber into handcrafted furniture is one way to upcycle, but it doesn’t have to be so complicated. Another way to upcycle in your own home is to find exciting ways to reuse old cardboard boxes!
There’s no denying that your kids will absolutely love taking on old boxes. From forts to dollhouses, toy cars and skeeball arenas, the artistic opportunities are truly limitless when it comes to kids and cardboard boxes. Check out some of our favourite ideas from Pinterest.
There’s just something special about finding a new way to love old products!
Breaking out the paint alone can be one of the most fun school holiday activities for kids. That is until you add what has been debated to be the best thing in the world: the potato. So, you’ve heard of potato chips, potato salads and potato bakes, but maybe you haven’t yet heard of potato stamps.
Potato stamps make for cheap and easy at home activities for kids. All you need to make potato stamps is:
- A large potato
- Cookie cutters
How to make a potato stamp:
- Cut your large potato in half. Then press your cookie cutter firmly into the flat surface of your cut potato. Make sure the imprint goes into the potato and leave it in!
- Step two is for adults only. Use a sharp knife to carefully cut around the cookie cutter, leaving a portion of the potato sticking out where the cookie cutter was.
- Peel away the excess portion of the potato.
- Now you’re ready to apply paint. Only add a light layer of paint to avoid a gooey mess!
Pipe cleaner crystals
There’s something mystical about crystals, and aren’t they pretty? Well, you can grow your very own crystals at home in an awesome chemistry experiment!
All you need is a few cheap ingredients, and you’re away:
- Borax Powder
- Pipe Cleaners
- Mason Jars
- Tablespoon, Measuring Cup, Bowl, String
- Add six tablespoons of borax powder to two cups of hot (nearly boiling) water.
- Stir through the borax powder. Note: the borax powder will not dissolve. A cloudy, saturated solution will make for ideal crystal growing conditions.
- Bend your pipe cleaner to your preferred shape. (Spirals work well so more of the pipe cleaner can be submerged.)
- Drop the bent pipe cleaner into the solution. (You can suspend the pipe cleaner in the solution with a piece of string and a stick, allowing crystals to grow on all surfaces.)
- Place in a safe area and let the crystals grow overnight.
That’s our top three creative yet simple school holiday activities for kids that you can do at home. We wish you all the best in prolonging “I’m bored,” for the rest of the week! If a day out of the house is needed to get through the rest of the break, then find your local Vast store. Or if it’s interior design inspiration you’re chasing, take a look at our Winter Hideaway collection.