The fun and games never stop when little ones are around, especially if you are the favourite aunt that they come to visit. Children are always looking for new adventures and things to do, other than playing with their toys or running around in the garden playing tag. The job of being the funtertainer around them doesn’t have to be a stressful one. All you need to do is look around you and voila! It’s right in front of you, the next best thing to keep them entertained. All of which doesn’t include them folding your bed linen.
Head off to the kitchen
The kitchen is a magical place for kids. It’s the place of wonder and danger, and where they are told to stay clear or they might end up causing a mess or getting hurt. For this reason, they tend to head into the kitchen more often than not. To a child the wonderfully, weird objects are perfect for touching and seeing what kind of magic it can produce. Get the little ones into the kitchen and task them with mixing, stirring or rolling out dough. These simple preparation tasks will open their world to explore different foods and how each are prepared.
Bring in texture
Just as much as they like to explore, they love to touch, and see how things work. The kitchen is full of textured materials and the little ones will love to make an interesting tactile collage. Grab some egg boxes, foil, add old sponge and any other kind of textured kitchen rolls and greaseproof paper to the collage. Leave this with them and see them get to work with their creativity in hand.
If you have an interesting spice rack full of wonderful and flavourful spices then get it out and show the kids. This makes for interesting talking points and exploring with them the wonders of spices, especial if they are unusual looking. Just be careful of the curry powder as they might get some in their eyes which won’t be a happy scene when their parents come get them.
Playing with dough
Making your own dough is quick and easy to batch up and the best part of all is that the kids can help.
All you need is:
- 1 Cup of plain flour
- Half a cup of salt,
- 1 Tablespoon of oil,
- 2 Tablespoons of cream of tartar
- 1 Cup of water.
You can also add food colouring to the mixture if you want to make coloured dough. Mix all the ingredients together and start kneading until it’s smooth and firm. They can mould their creations and paint them afterward.