Are you looking for things to do with your kids these school holidays? Do you like to have a range of activities for your kids to keep them entertained and to challenge them in fun ways?

We’ve developed some inside activities for children, with items you may even have at home or can easily access. These activities for children include craft, science and physical activity. Feel free to share these around with other families too.

 

DIY Autumn Leaf Bowl

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Autumn is a great time for children to go outside and gather fun items from nature and then craft them into something fun! Children will love collecting the leaves for this DIY Autumn Leaf Bowl.

 

Materials

  • Autumn Leaves
  • A balloon
  • White Glue or Mod Podge Matte
  • A paintbrush/sponge paintbrush
  • A bowl to hold your balloon in place

 

Instructions

  1. Blow up the balloon to the size you would like your bowl. No too big or it might pop.
  2. For those that are using glue, in a separate bowl, mix equal parts water and glue.  For those using mod podge, you can simply pour it into a usable bowl.
  3. Using the paint brush, apply the glue solution to the balloon.
  4. Then add each leaf and generously apply the glue on top of the leaf to hold it down.
  5. Continue around the bottom of the balloon until you have the whole bottom covered.
  6. Let it dry completely for 24-48 hours.
  7. Pop the balloon and carefully peel the balloon off the bowl. Make sure your bowl is completely dry before popping the balloon.

 

Glow in the Dark Lava Lamp

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The Glow in the Dark Lava Lamp experiment is a fun science experiment to do with children. A great thing about this science experiment is that you only need a few supplies, and you will probably have these supplies in your home.

Make sure children do not put the tablet in or near their mouth at any time.

 

Materials

  • Jar/plastic bottle
  • Vegetable oil
  • Water
  • Original Alka Seltzer tablet
  • 2 Glow in the dark sticks

 

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of vegetable oil into the bottle
  2. Add 2/3 cup water into the jar - wait until the water has settled to the bottom
  3. Crack and shake a glow stick to illuminate it
  4. Cut the top of the glow stick (only to be done by adult)
  5. Pour the contents of the glow stick in to the jar (do not mix or stir it)
  6. Now for the fun part! Add the Alka Seltzer tablet to the jar.

 

Watch what happens!

 

Tag! You’re It!

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It is very important that we ensure our children are getting enough active fitness in their everyday life. One way to do that is to play a game of TAG! There are many different ways/games of tag and here are some your children can play with their friends!


Freeze Tag

This chilly choice for tag calls on one person to be “it”. When a player is tagged, he or she stands still with their arms pointing out. To be allowed back into the action, another player must high five the “frozen” participant’s hands without getting tagged themselves. The game finishes when all players are tagged and “frozen.”

 

Octopus Tag

  1. Pretend the play area is an ocean.
  2. Choose 1 player to be the Octopus.
  3. The other players line up at 1 end of the ocean. They are the Fish.
  4. The Octopus stands in the middle of the ocean and calls out OCTOPUS.
  5. The Fish try to run across the ocean as the Octopus tries to tag them. If tagged, the Fish become Seaweed. Keeping 1 foot planted, Seaweed try to reach out and tag the Fish running by, turning those players into Seaweed as well.
  6. Once the Fish reach the other side, the Octopus calls out OCTOPUS a second time and the crossing contest starts again.
  7. The game continues until all the Fish become Seaweed. The last Fish tagged becomes the new Octopus.

 

Remember that Camp Australia operates Rocketeers, a holiday program for kids with exciting adventures, filled with amazing activities. There’s also another chance to enter the National Handball Championships. To find a location near you, visit https://www.campaustralia.com.au/families/rocketeers.

 

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