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Things to keep you busy in the holidays

For these activities you will to collect things on your walks outdoors and also a few more bits and bobs from around your home such as things in your recycling bag!  You will also need some glue.  I have taken some of these ideas from some of the things your nursery treasures have shared on the blog.  I have included the recipe for salt dough and for making your own glue at the bottom of this page.


Activity 1 – Treasure ice eggs

When on a walk you will need to collect some bits of flowers and leaves.  Carefully crack open an egg, only breaking the shell at the top and slowly tip your egg out, you could fry it for your tea!  Place collected things carefully inside the eggs but try not to break the shell!  Then fill your egg with water.  Place them in the freezer and the next day you can have great fun trying to get the flowers out!



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Activity 2 – Make a plant pot

You can use a tin or a plastic container from your recycling bag for this.  Decorate the outside with anything you may have at home.  Nahla and Levison used lollipop sticks but you could collect some things from your walk.  I have included a recipe at the bottom of this page for home-made glue incase your haven’t got any at home.

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Activity 3 – Make a fairy house

You will need a pot or milk carton. Collect some small stones and glue them onto the carton.  You can use sticks or a leaf to create a door or a roof.  You can collect other bits and bobs to add windows or any other features you can think of.

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Activity 4 – A bird house

You will need an empty milk carton and some collage materials or bits you find on your walk.  Your grown-up will need to cut a hole in the carton for the birds to get in and out.  You will then need to choose different things to decorate your bird house.  You might want to add a bit of grass and few twig in the bottom to make it comfy for them or even put some seed inside to see if that makes them want to come in.  Think carefully about where you place it so that the birds will be safe!

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Activity 5 – Pixie Pizza

You will need to collect some things from outside such as leave and petals.  You can use salt dough for your base or you could make a base out of cardboard or paper.  When making your pizza you could use your imagination to pretend that the petals are different pizza ingredients such as ham and pineapple!  You find a box to make an oven if you wanted to or use your toy oven to cook it!

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Here are the recipes for salt-dough and home-made glue.

Salt dough recipe

  • 1 cupful of plain flour (about 250g)
  • half a cupful of table salt (about 125g)
  • half a cupful of water (about 125ml)

    1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water a bit at a time and stir until it comes together into a ball.

    Recipe for home-made glue
    This recipe is so easy that the children could have a go at making it themselves!  It makes a thick paste that won’t stick things forever but will work well for children’s crafts.
    You will need to mix half a cup of flour and water in a bowl.  Add the water slowly stirring until the consistency is gooey.  Add a pinch of salt and there it is, done.


I hope you have lots of fun creating these!  Please share them on the blog after the holidays!  Have a great holiday!