Cool down with colour
It’s hot outside, so what do you need? Ice! Grab an ice cube tray, fill it with a mixture of half water, half watercolour paint, pop it in the freezer and leave it to freeze. Don’t get it confused with your frozen juice, though!
When it’s done, put paper down in the garden and let your kids draw their favourite shapes with the ice paint. Watch the colours mix as the ice melts. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover the next Damien Hirst.
Safe spray painting
Get yourself some washable tempera paint and a squirty bottle.
Add 1 tablespoon of the paint, 1 cup of hot water, ½ a cup of cornstarch and a squirt of dishwashing liquid into the bottle, shake it up well and hand it over.
Now your kids can squirt paint all over themselves and the garden. Don’t worry about the stains, it’ll all wash off easily enough. When the kids are done, just drop their clothes in a regular wash with Daz detergent and they’ll come out as if nothing has happened. Unlike the poor cat who was made part of the art accidentally.
A treasure hunting game isn’t just a great way to keep kids entertained, it’s a great way to get them to tidy up! Find everything not in the right place and create a map of them all. That is if you can find them all, who knows what the back of the sofa hides.
Send your kids off to find those lost items and return them to their rightful place. At the very end of the map, hide something cool for them to find. Not just a great activity tip, but a tidying one.
At the end of the day, it’s bath time. Some kids love bath-time, some hate it. There’s one way to guarantee success, though.
Get your hands on some glow in the dark paint and a UV black light bulb and set up a glow in the dark bathtub! The paint is perfect for kids and completely safe, so get the bath running and pour some paint in. Turn off the main lights and your kids will find themselves sitting in a bright, shining bath! Instead of leaving the water caked in mud, they’ll leave it caked in awesome patterns and swirls.
They can even create glow in the dark art, just add some washable “school” glue to some paint and let them paint it anywhere: it’ll wash off easily afterwards. Who knows what art they’ll create, though: you may want to keep your painting of a 7 armed merman with an army of sausage dogs.