Childrens Activities

puff painting

Puff Painting

You will need:


  • 1 cup of self-raising flour

  • 1/2 cup of salt

  • ​A few drops of food colouring

  • Water

  • Zip lock bags

  • Thick card



Mix together the self-raising flour and salt. Add a few drops of food colouring and add water until mixture is thick and gloomy. make two or three colours.


​Pour mixture into snap lock bags and seal bag. Cut a tiny hole in corner of the bag so mixture can squeeze out.


Squeeze out puff paint onto thick card and draw picture


Put in microwave for 30 - 40 seconds on high. The puff paint should come out dry and puffed.


Glorious Gloop 

You will need:

  • 2 cups cornflour

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • A few drops of food colouring

  • A large container



Mix together cornflour, water and food colouring. 

Use a sieve to remove clumps in the cornflour before combining with wet elements. 

The mixture should be runny and sticky.

Best done outdoors on a sunny day!


Posting Activity

Posting activities are a good way for young children to develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. This activity can also be used for colour and shape matching. Best for children 3 and under.


What you need :

  • Container or box that can be cut into

(e.g Formula tin, cardboard box, icecream container)

  • Objects to post depending on age of children

(e.g balls, cards, blocks, pegs) 



Cut suitable sized holes into container or box depending on object size and level of difficulty intended. For example, a medium sized hole into a formula tin lid for a one year old to post pegs into. Two year old’s enjoy more of a challenge - cut circles into a box and apply  different colours around the perimeter of the circle so that they need to match the coloured ball with the correct coloured hole.

cloud dough

Cloud Dough

You will need:

  • 8 cups of flour

  • ​1/2 cup of baby oil

  • A large container



Mix together the flour and baby oil using your hands.


The mixture should be firm enough to mould shapes or make cloud dough castles with using cups and small containers.


Balloon Batting 

Great for hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills.


All you need for this activity is a couple of tennis rackets or kitchen utensils such as a wooden spoon or spatula. You can make your own 'bat' using a wooden spoon taped to a paper plate!


Challenge your child to see how long they can keep the balloon in their air, hit it between siblings, or if they are not yet upright, crawl around chasing the balloon with the tool of their choice.

mini volcanoes

Mini Volcanoes 

You will need:

  • Baking soda

  • White wine vinegar

  • Food colouring

  • 4 plastic cups

  • A eye-dropper

  • ​An oven tray




Pour the white wine vinegar into the four cups (fill up about half way). Add a few drops of food colouring into each cup.


Make some mountains of baking soda on the oven tray.


​Use the eye-dropper to suck up the vinegar and drop onto baking soda.


Watch the mini volcanoes fizz. Continue process until baking soda has disappeared.



Playdough is a relaxing sensory activity that is great for fine motor skills, creativity and using our imaginations. Double recipe for more than one child.




  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

  • 1 cup salt

  • 1 tsp food colouring

  • 1 cup water (hot water works best)

  • Measuring cups

  • Medium sized bowl

  • Kitchen utensils




Put flour and salt in bowl. Mix water, oil and colouring and combine with dry ingredients. Knead well - extra flour may be required. Add items such as essences and herbs for different smells and textures.

mini volcanoes

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Rainbow Wizard's Brew

You Will Need:

  • Baking Soda

  • Liquid Watercolours​ or Food colouring

  • Glitter

  • Dishsoap

  • Vinegar

  • Glass jar

  • Small plastic containers

  • Tray



Fill the jar halfway with vinegar, then add a few drops of one colour of liquid watercolour/food colouring and some glitter. Squeeze in some dish soap, stir, and place the jar on a tray. Now have your child add in a heaping teaspoon of baking soda, stir again, and watch the foaming begin! The soap makes it foam rather than fizz. To keep the reaction going continue adding baking soda and vinegar when the foam starts to slow. To make it change colours, add a tablespoon of vinegar mixed with one colour of liquid watercolour/food colouring every so often. Make sure to dump the coloured vinegar into the center of the brew.

Tip: Stir It! The more you stir the mixture, the faster and crazier the reaction! 

See how its made by watching the video


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Pillow Jumping

Young toddlers usually love to jump into pillows. Give them some pillows or couch cushions and they usually figure out how to do this activity on their own.


Allow the children time to come up with their own indoor obstacle course, perfect for supporting the development of gross motor skills, strength and balance.


The best part about the pillows is that there’s minimal chance of them hurting themselves! And the kids can easily clean it all up themselves once the game is over.




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Table Tent

A simple table tent will have kids occupied for ages. Remove everything from on top of a spare table and drape a large sheet over it, so the ends hang down and form the 'walls' of your tent. You can put pillows and soft toys in your tent to make it extra cozy.


They can create their very own campsite indoors and they can pretend to sleep under the stars, sing around a camp fire or just hide out in the tent.


To make it even more fun you can introduce torch so that they can experiment with shadows and storytelling elements


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Washable Window Paint

Use this super quick DIY window paint recipe to create some art and mark making on the windows. The bonus is that it is very easy to wash off again when they are finished! Great for working on a vertical plane and thus developing gross motor control and early writing and drawing skills, plus plenty of great fun to paint on a new surface!




  • 1 cup of flour

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1 cup of dish liquid

  • Food colouring – optional (gel is best)




Stir ingredients together until smooth. Add a small amount of food colouring if you wish or leave it plain. Use brushes, cotton buds or sponges to apply paint to windows. When it is time to clean up, simply wipe away with some warm water. Surprisingly, children often enjoy this part too!

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Rainbow Rice

Rainbow rice is a great sensory activity for all age groups. 



  • Rice

  • Food colouring

  • Vinegar

  • Food storage container with lid

  • Paper towels and plates

  • Various tools eg; kitchen utensils




Pour one cup of rice into container, add half a teaspoon of food colouring and half a teaspoon of vinegar. Attach lid and shake until combined, adding more food colouring until your get your desired colour. Spead the rice onto a plate lined with paper towels to dry overnight. Repeat process for each colour of choice. Children can explore the rice using different tools such as muffin tins, measuring spoons, containers, funnels and other kitchen utensils.


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Bowling Alley

Just raid your recycle bin for some empty plastic bottles, which you should then boil and leave to dry before use. Once you' pins' are clean and dry, line them up at the end of your hallway and set your child with the task of knocking those ‘pins’ down with a soft ball!


You can even spend some time painting or decorating the pins to add a creative element to the activity.


For older children, you could add weight to the bottles such as water or rice, which will increase the difficulty level!

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