For the toddlers
Treasure hunts and box forts will appeal to toddlers’ natural curiosity
Rice treasure bin
There are many variants to a Rice Treasure Bin. We opted for a simple treasure hunt using kitchen utensils, but you could switch it up by doing a dinosaur dig, or finding matching pairs or colours.
YOU WILL NEED
A big plastic bin or bucket A few kgs of rice, we used around 5kg An assortment of items to hide, such as small toys Kitchen utensils like tongs, slotted spoons This activity doesn’t take much to set up. Make sure your plastic bin is dry and then empty the rice into it. Hide your assortment of items in the rice. When ready to play, give your child the tongs or spoons and let them at it. You may want to give them another smaller bowl to put their treasures in once they find them. It is also a good idea to place some newspaper or plastic sheeting down to catch any rice that is spilt.
Collapsible cardboard house
A little cutting and some strategic tape can turn a basic cardboard box into a fun collapsible little play house.
YOU WILL NEED
Two medium-sized cardboard boxes Thick coloured tape Stanley knife or good scissors Begin with two open boxes, lying on their sides facing you. Cut off the whole top side (both the folding flap and one end side) on both boxes. These pieces will make each side of the roof. On one of the boxes, strengthen the remaining sides and flaps by taping them on all folding seams. Next, tape the two roof pieces together and attach to the box, as above. To make the house collapsible, cut down the centre of the back wall, and the floor (where the tape is placed above in the back wall). Then add tape back over these cuts, making sure both seams fold outwards.