With a little help from Nanny Anita, Leonora Bamford shares summer craft ideas for kids to help keep your little ones busy at home this summer.
Check out our summer craft ideas for kids, family-friendly recipes and summer holiday saviours below.
Nanny Anita’s Summer Craft Ideas for Kids
Fishtail Friendship Bracelet
Friendship bracelets, although a golden oldie, goes down with all ages. There are so many different ones that can be made and it’s such a lovely thing to be able to make for a friend or loved one.
You will need: 10 strands of coloured embroidery thread (about 25cms in length each)
- Tie off the top of the friendship bracelet and tape it down to a solid surface.
- Separate the strands so half are on one side and half are on the other side.
- Start braiding the strands like you would if you were doing a fishtail hair braid.
- When you have enough of a fishtail to go around the wrist stop and tie it of.
- Tie it around the wrist and cut off any excess thread.
Water Pistol Spray Painting
I don’t know any kids who don’t love a water pistol and most houses have a few lying around. This craft is so much fun and really brings out creative juices. Ours turned out so well, we’re framing them!
You will need: water guns, watered down paint, funnel, paper
- Fill up the water guns with watered down paint.
- Hang up a big piece of paper (make sure you do it outside)
- Start spraying away at the paper
Fun Summer Recipe Ideas
We have literally been cooking and baking daily over the past few weeks and I have so loved cooking with the children. My daughter has slowly gone through the Tilly Ramsey recipe book and it’s amazed me how much little ones can actually do. I find that it’s also a great way of getting them to eat things they wouldn’t normally try. We stumbled upon a carpet of wild garlic in the forest on a family walk and have had such fun making everything from pesto and soup to risotto and flavoured oil.
Leonora’s Cheesy Nachos with Refried Beans
1 tbsp Sunflower Oil
1 Onion – chopped
2 Garlic Gloves –chopped
400g tin of Pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp Ground Cumin
100g Grated Cheddar Cheese
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. line a baking tray with non stick baking paper. For the refried beans, heat the oil in a medium-sized pan on a medium heat. Cook the onion for 5 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
- Add the pinto beans with a dash of water and cuminmashing the beans with the back of a spoon. Reduce the heat and cook for 15 minutes.
- Spread the tortilla chips out on the prepared tray and scatter over half the cheese. Top with the refried beans, and then scatter over the remaining cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
- Serve the nachos immediately with the salsa, soured cream and coriander or spring onion. Guacamole is also great with them.
Nanny Anita’s Slushy in a Bag
If the weather’s good, a slushy is not just fun to make but a great treat to drink. This is a bit more fun than using a boring blender and everyone can get involved with ingredients and making them.
You will need: 2 zip lock bags, rock salt, drink, tape
- Put your drink into the first zip lock bag and seal it with some tape.
- Place this bag into the other zip lock bag and add a cup of rock salt, then seal it well.
- Start squeezing and shaking the two bags.
- It will take 5 minutes for the drink to turn into a slushy.
I’ve been crazy about dungarees since I was a little girl and I love seeing my children wearing them – I have to say I might still have a few pairs myself! Dotty Dungarees is my favourite go to brand for the children’s dungarees and their retro classic range is just too divine. I loved the photo shoot, it was a real trip down memory lane.
Back to Nature
We’ve also collected frog spawn and watched their change. It’s so nice to see the cycle and it’s a great way of sparking their imagination for stories and poems. It’s also been a great opportunity to dust off the old sketch book. Next on the list is baby chicks!
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