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Smiley Faced Biscuits by claremanson Smiley Faced Biscuits by claremanson
It is now the summer holidays, 6 whole weeks of trying to entertain a 5 and 3 year old, day 5 and I am already out of ideas! So far we have done some arts and crafts and a bit of baking. I can't bake every day so came up with the idea of instead of giving them their usual biscuits straight from the jar, why not get them to decorate them first. It keeps them happy for 10 minutes and as they only make two/three each at a time they can do this every day in several designs with all different types of biscuits and toppings. So, if you have some bored kids, siblings, cousins, grand kids etc here you go, a quick and simple activity for them to do when they are bored and want a treat but you don't have time to bake.
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iiibrokeyhu Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Aww, how cute :3

 

It's a great idea.

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peanutbutterangel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw how cute. It may be hard to keep them busy but I'm glad you're doing so anyway. As a single parent working from home, my dad always just told us to not bother him and if we were really bored we could clean our rooms or the kitchen. We then left him alone, haha.
My brothers played sports in the yard, I read, and we all listened to loads of audiobooks.
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha good old dad!
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peanutbutterangel Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup. Though he did read us bedtime stories (in German, mostly), so he didn't totally leave us alone.
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claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: my dad would just get me involved in the house work, decorating, mowing the lawn etc but most of the time I had fun in my bedroom playing with my toys, never really got bored even being an only child.
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peanutbutterangel Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, being a kid was so easy and fun! (I mean, I'm not an adult yet, but high school kind of drains all the life from you!)
Personally I didn't play with dolls much, but my sister did a lot.
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claremanson Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: It gets worse the older you get lol!
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peanutbutterangel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Darn.
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Shaami Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a fun idea. =)
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I want one QwQ
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013

They are precious! 

 

Entertaining kids during the summer can be tough.  Some things that I've done:

1.  Painting--both finger painting and water color.  Messy, but it keeps them occupied and the results were pretty interesting.  They always were and still are proud when I display their art.

2.  Tie dye--just as messy as above, but kids really get into it!  The supplies are cheap and in the end they will have a colorful shirt or socks which (if they are like my girls) they will wear until they fall apart.

3.  Walking.  Whether you live in the city or suburbs/country, this is good if you take them to an interesting area that they have never seen before.  Some hits with me were Chinatown in the city (there were so many interesting and different things to look at and eat) and to a swamp which hosts a lot of wild birdlife.  Bring binoculars for the nature walk and give each of the kids one of those cheap disposable cameras so that they can take their own pictures.  Then they can make a scrapbook.

4.  I forget how old your girls are, but I would give them boxes of my old clothes, scarves, hats and jewelry.  They played dress-up but also would make a play which they presented to us.  With photos!

If you need any more suggestions, ask--I have the experience! ;p

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claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Any suggestions definitely welcome! They are 3 and 5 (6 in Septemer)
I bought some paint brushes yesterday, I am waiting for the weather to settle again so they can paint outside rather than in and take play dough out there too to save all the mess!
They have lots of colouring in books and crayons, glue and old boxes and yogurt pots, my eldest made a musical instrument out of two yogurt pots stuck together with things inside to shake and make a noise, I was very proud of her thinking that up all on her own.
We have also made them a den in the front room.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I always had them play with Play Dough outdoors.  Once that junk gets into the carpet it is there permanently!  The clay that they still like is called Model Magic.  It is made by Crayola and does not harden into cement like Play Dough--easier on the upholstery! :laughing:  The other outdoor activity that they loved was blowing bubbles.  I went to an online store and bought a device which made ginormous ones!  They also loved doing the old outdoor games of hula hoop, jump rope and hopscotch, but only for a limited time.  The other big hit was giant pieces of colored chalk.  They would draw all over the asphalt of the driveway--the biggest canvas that I could give to them!  When they became very bored on a rainy day I got out the nail polish and gave them manicures and pedicures.  They picked out the most outrageous colors and had me do each nail a different one!  On young kids it actually looks good (on me it would be a disaster)!  My mother had letter magnets and word magnets on the fridge.  I told them to make up a new phrase each day (your older daughter might find that fun).
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My eldest loves nail varnish that is a great idea :)
Lets not talk about chalk :giggle: My whole garden is concrete and is surrounded by four white walls which was fine but they ended up drawing on all the windows too! We then forgot to bring in the chalk when it rained so the chalks turned into a puddle of chalk mush, that was not fun to clean up!
Every kid loves bubbles, a machine is a good idea, would save my arm! They always spill the stuff so I am always the one to wave my arm around so they can chase them!
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Rockabell-Neko Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ahah, aww these are cute :D
why not try the Grommet hunt?~ or will they find that too boring?~
There's also a new Zoo that opened near Cribs Causeway, but I guess it depends on where in Bristol you live and the cost of it to get in ;3;
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I didn't know there was a new zoo there.  We live about an hours drive from Bristol and is out of my comfort zone of how far I travel so that's not a possibility but there is another place not too far away which we might go too soon, The Secret World wildlife park.
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Rockabell-Neko Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, they used to use it as an old storage place for any new animals but they turned it into a proper Zoo now :D
but it's fair enough if you don't want to drive all that way~
Our mum's having a similar problem with trying to entertain us, she wants to spend more time with me before I shoot off to UNI, but my brother just doesn't want to know, and trying to get an answer out of him is like trying to get blood from a stone :XD:
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: typical boy!
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TheOutli3R Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
They look so cute I couldn't bare to eat them!!! 
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: The kids barely gave me one minute to take a photo they were so keen to eat them!
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TheOutli3R Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Haha well they do look delicious! I'd just had to ruin such hard work by consuming it xD 
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cyimang Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwww.. That is soooo cute:D
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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cyimang Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome my friend;)
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ShadowGhostFinder Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, it looks delicious :D
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The kids soon gobbled them up :)
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ShadowGhostFinder Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Aww why can't I have one XD
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Savaliste Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Nice :dummy:
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
After three days of smiley faces I am going to try and get them to do a=something different next time! :giggle:
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Savaliste Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
:lol:
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