No matter the depths of your pockets, we’ve got a range of family activities to help you plan a great Easter break.
Balloon tennis will keep the family entertained for hours! Tennis court lines can be made with masking tape on the tiles or carpets and you can create a make-shift net using two chairs and a string of wool. Let the kids personalise their own racket using crayons and stickers if you have these lying around the house.
What you’ll need Paper plates, ice cream sticks, sticky tape and balloons.
How to Attach the ice cream sticks to the plates with the sticky tape to create the bat. Blow up the balloons and you’re ready to play!
Bring bowling alley to your home with this cool idea!
What you’ll need 10 toilet paper roll inners, permanent marker, 11 pairs of socks.
How to Number your loo roll inners from 1 to 10. Place a sock in each tube to help weigh it down. Line up the pins
like they do at the bowling alley at the end of a passageway. Use a large pair of rolled up socks as your bowling ball and play!
There’s plenty of fun to be had in the kitchen with your kids!
Try these fun Jelly and Custard Cookies
- 250g butter, softened
- 5ml (1t) vanilla essence
- 125ml (½ cup) icing sugar
- 375ml (1½ cups) cake flour
- 125ml (½ cup) custard powder
- 45ml (3T) apricot or raspberry jam (or a mix of the two)
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Cream the butter, vanilla and icing sugar together until light. Stir in the flour and custard powder to form a soft dough.
- Roll balls into ping-pong sizes and place on a greased baking tray, leaving enough rising space in between. Flatten the balls to create a thick disc of dough. Make a small indent in the centre of each cookie with the back of a floured wooden spoon.
- Fill the indents with jam. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until light golden. Cool on the tray.
Hop, skip and jump your way to a fun-filled afternoon.
What you’ll need At least two players, chalk, markers for each person playing (use bottle tops or buttons) and a driveway or pathway to play on.
How to 1. Use the chalk to mark a hopscotch pattern on the ground.
2. Throw your marker to land in block 1 – markers must land inside the square without touching the border or bouncing out. If this happens, you lose your turn. 3. Hop through the squares, skipping the one where your marker has landed. The foot you start with is up to you, but remember, you can’t have more than one foot on the ground at a time, unless there are two number squares right next to each other. In that case, you can put down both feet simultaneously (one in each square). Always keep your feet inside the appropriate square; if you step on a line, hop on the wrong square, or step out of the square, you lose your turn.
4. When you get to the last square, turn around and hop back. Don’t forget to skip the square your marker is on, but be sure to pick it up!
PLANT A VEGGIE GARDEN
Kids love to get their hands dirty and will enjoy taking care of their very own vegetable garden.
What you’ll need Some seeds or seedlings from your local nursery and a patch of garden you don’t mind the kids getting stuck into!
How to Involve your kids in planning the garden. Let them decide what they’d like to plant. Make a trip to the local nursery together – it’s a good idea to pick veggies that are fairly easy to grow, like carrots, lettuce and peas. Now it’s time to get dirty! Allow your kids to get stuck in with digging, planting and watering their new garden. Teach them how to take care of their garden and be sure to monitor its progress with them.