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Chalk Bike Course

We are lucky enough to live in a quiet cul-de-sac which the kids can ride their bikes around.

To make riding around in circles a bit more fun we got a bucket of coloured chalk and each drew a different coloured line to mark out a course to ride along. The kids decided they should start easy and get harder, so we started with some lines from one side to the other with a few curves in it. They then rode the bikes along the line as close as they could like they were balancing the wheels on it.

We then progressed to a loop-the-loop where you ride around in a tight(ish) circle. Then on to multiple loop the loops and very tight bends (some of which I’m sure were not actually possible but they had fun trying).

With all the ‘courses’ colour coded (you could also number them easiest to hardest) they kids took turns seeing if they could complete them all without ‘falling off’. For older children you could also put in a time element; see who can do the green course in the fastest time.

This game would also work without bikes for smaller children they could walk or run to ‘balance’ along the chalk line course, and could be done in a driveway or backyard.

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How to make paper dresses

It’s fun and simple to make your own paper dresses.

Instructions

Start with a square of patterned paper.

Fold in half with the pattern on the outside.

Open the paper out again, and fold the edges in to meet at the centre.

Turn the paper over, and fold the creased edges into the centre.

Turn the paper over, and fold back approx 1/3 of the way from the top.

Fold back to create a Z shape. This forms the waist line of the dress.

To open up the skirt section, ease the side out and flatten.

Repeat for the other side.

To form the neckline, fold down the top of the bodice section on both sides.

Turn the dress over, and fold the neckline back on the crease lines you made in the previous step.

Flatten the folded sections to the back.

Fold the sides of the bodice only (not the skirt at this stage) back along the edge of the square sections.

Hold the last fold down, and fold the skirt section in a diagonal line from the waist line to a point at the hem.

Repeat for the other side.

Turn over, fold out the sleeves – and your paper dress is done and ready to decorate!

Add ribbon along the waist-band, or add embellishments to decorate. If you would like to add a patterned hem, use decorative scissors or punches along the bottom of the paper square before starting the paper dress folding.

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How To Make Homemade Playdough

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An easy to make and soft playdough that will keep for months.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • Food colouring

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized saucepan.
  2. Stir over a low heat until ingredients are pliable.
  3. Cool and store in an air tight container.

This recipe will make a good sized batch for two children to play with. When stored in an airtight container in the fridge will last at least six months.

Gluten-free playdough

Kids love putting things in their mouth so this gluten free recipe for play dough is perfect for children with an issue with gluten.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tspn cream of tartar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 tspn vegetable oil
  • Food colouring

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat until all is combined well and a dough consistency is reached.
  2. Let it cool completely before giving it to your child to play with.
  3. Store in an airtight container or resealable bag.
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Back To School Muesli Bars

Now that the kids are back at school, the seemingly endless routine of school lunch making is on again. These homemade muesli bars are a fresh idea to add to your repertoire.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups muesli
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup sultanas
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 125 g melted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup dark choc chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 160 degrees. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients. Add the egg, mix. Add the melted butter and honey, allow to cool slightly before adding the choc chips. Line a 18 x 28 cm tin with baking paper and press mixture FIRMLY into the tin with the back of a spoon. Bake for 20mins or until golden. Allow to cool completely before slicing into bars.

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