20 4 2020
Are you struggling to reduce screen time for your kids? We’re here to help! Keep reading to discover our ideas and activities to get them playing, learning, and cooking – and away from devices. Can’t decide where to start? Try placing activity ideas in a jar ready to pull one out randomly whenever your kids reach for a screen!
Arts and crafts don’t always require fancy materials and expensive supplies, some of our favourite kid-friendly crafts use materials from your pantry and around the house!
Mr. Potato Head
Try making a “real” Mr. Potato Head. All you need is a large Pams Potato and Pams Toothpicks and a mix of old fruit and veg to make his eyes, nose, mouth, and ears! Have a competition with your kids to see who can come up with the wackiest looking potato, or take turns making up stories about your potato character.
Coloured rice is another simple, affordable craft idea, particularly for younger kids. To make coloured rice, pour one cup of Pams White Rice into a container, add 1 teaspoon of Pams White Vinegar and several drops of a food colouring of your choice. Cover the container and shake for two minutes or until the rice is evenly coated. Pour the rice out onto a tray to dry in a single layer. For rainbow rice, repeat the process with all colours of the rainbow! Add your coloured rice to large, shallow, containers and help your little ones get creative with cups, spoons, funnels, and toys. The benefits of sensory play for younger children are amazing – and they’ll have so much fun doing it!
Getting kids to help prepare meals, snacks and treats is a great way to get them involved, excited and learning about food.
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Our Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies are super simple, incredibly tasty, and great for an afternoon snack. Even better, they only contain five ingredients, so they’re super simple for kids to throw together with minimal supervision!
Rice Snap Ice Cream Cups
If you’re after something a bit special, our Rice Snap Ice Cream Cups are the perfect treat your kids will love - a homemade ice cream cup you can eat! After they’re made and set, try hosting a family sundae building workshop. Spread out your favourite toppings and let everyone build the sundae of their dreams!
Do your kids have less of a sweet tooth, but a particular love for pizza? You can’t go wrong with our Pizza Twists! The recipe’s so simple, older kids may even be able to make them on their own! Pair the finished product with a tomato dipping sauce, perfect for dunking your finished twists.
Wanting to encourage your children to be environmentally conscious and aware of food waste? Try our creative ideas to get them thinking about ways we can help our planet!
If you love feijoas and hate waste, our Feijoa Fizz is the perfect activity for you and your kids. Our recipe uses leftover feijoa skins to make a delicious and refreshing fermented feijoa drink! Once finished, simply pop the skins into the compost to complete your zero-waste activity. The process of making the fizz is also a great way to teach your kids about the basics of fermenting.
Egg Carton Planters
Our Egg Carton Planters are always a big hit with kids, and a great way to get a head start on your Winter veggie garden! The kids will love the opportunity to get a little messy and help you out in the garden. While you’re planting, take the opportunity to get your kids talking about plants and where their food comes from.