Try this fun ac­tiv­ity to keep the kids oc­cu­pied for a cou­ple of hours

Highfields' Own - - Children’s Collective -

Sum­mer hol­i­days are loom­ing, and that only means one thing for par­ents... how on earth to keep the noisy rab­ble of kid­dies oc­cu­pied for those long months.

When the ex­cite­ment of Christ­mas has passed, there is also the rush of get­ting or­gan­ised to go back to school.

There are a num­ber of great ways to keep the chil­dren busy, with just a lit­tle bit of cre­ative in­put from the par­ents.

Con­tact­ing school ex­er­cise books and text­books is a fan­tas­tic ac­tiv­ity that can in­volve all the chil­dren sit­ting around the ta­ble.

It’s an ideal way to cre­ate some fam­ily time with­out tech­nol­ogy. Just a bit of good old fash­ioned ‘hang­ing out.’ Have the chil­dren cut out their favourite pic­tures from old mag­a­zines of pic­ture books.

If you have none ly­ing around the house you’re will­ing to sac­ri­fice, a quick stop to your lo­cal op-shop will set you back about 20 cents per item.

Na­tional Geo­graphic is a great one to start with.

Next, pop on some fun mu­sic and be­gin glue­ing the images onto the books.

Hav­ing some colour­ful pa­per on hand to use as a back­ground colour will make the cut-out pic­tures re­ally jump off the page.

Once ev­ery­thing is glued in place on front and back cov­ers, pop a name tag on the front cover of each book.

Re­mem­ber to in­clude a full name and grade so the book can be re­turned to your son/daugh­ter if left be­hind at the many spots your child will travel on the school cam­pus. Next, be­gin con­tact­ing! It’s best to run through this with your chil­dren first be­fore you let them loose.

Be­gin by putting down the spine of the book and then rolling it slowly down onto the con­tact (one side at a time) so as to keep the bub­bles out.

This will oc­cupy the lit­tle tack­ers for a good cou­ple of hours, and let you get through the moun­tains of chores you no doubt have ac­cu­mu­lated from 2016.

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