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Looking for Easter Holiday activity ideas

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MrsNouveauRichards Wed 27-Mar-13 11:01:39

For two 5yr olds, one 4yr old and a 2.6yr old with speech delay.

I am helping a friend out next week by having her two kids for the mornings. I see these kids a lot, and they are very comfortable at my house and around myself and my kids (a little too comfortable sometimes!) If left to play they very soon start being very silly, one child has an obsession with other people's bums for example.

I am trying to think of things that are a bit more structured to keep them busy.

So far I have come up with:

Hama beads
Film with popcorn
Dressing up
Decorating cakes/biscuits

The problem is that they all have very different attention spans. My DD will spend an hour quite happily drawing, but the younger ones will do a quick scribble and want something else to do.

Any other ideas?

gourd Wed 27-Mar-13 12:45:01

Bead threading onto pipe cleanere for kids bracelets (and other jewellry, headbands etc for bears/dolls etc). Or 2.5 YO loves this and will sit for 30 minutes making all kinds of beaded items for her many soft toys as well as for herslef and rest of faimiy. It is much easier than threading onto string or elastic and makes nice looking items very easily so they dont need a lot of supervision or help.

kday Wed 27-Mar-13 13:57:45

Colouring/painting eggs? Easter egg hunt/treasure hunt in the garden? Blankets/chairs/pillows in the sitting room to make a fort or cubby? Big jigsaw puzzle - smaller ones can find the corners and side pieces etc and the older ones can do the harder bits (leave it up on a table so they can come back to it over the few days).

kday Wed 27-Mar-13 13:59:10

Dance party? We're a bit slow but my kids are still obsessing over Gangnam Style and can dance to that like crazy fools for ages!

issypiggle Wed 27-Mar-13 14:03:22

indoor teddy bears picnic, go for a walk and find things to make a picture with/make prints of things you find (pavements/drain covers). have you had a look to see if the local library is doing anything like a story time or activites?

MrsNouveauRichards Wed 27-Mar-13 14:16:47

Thanks for all the suggestions!

I don't feel very comfortable taking them out by myself, and the garden is small and muddy, so unless the weather improves drastically...... hmm

I have been looking on Pinterest, and the bead idea reminded me of a snack necklace I had seen on there, so might give that a go too.

Will definitely do some musical bumps/statues kind of games to wear them out a bit.

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