Keep the kids entertained these holidays, have fun and save your sanity.

Try these fun ideas to keep the kids entertained:

1.Make a shaving cream slide: All you need for this slippery holiday activity is a can of shaving cream, a slide, some food colouring and (hopefully!) a sunny day. Set your slide up in the backyard and put some padding down so the kids have a soft place to land. Cover the slide in shaving cream and then stand back and watch the slippery fun begin. Kids love colours, so adding a touch of food colouring will give the activity a little more pizazz.

2.Build a paper mache piggy bank: Tear up some newspaper and blow up a balloon, then dip each strip of paper in the paper mache glue mixture and wrap the strip around the balloon until it is covered. Leave it to dry overnight, add with two more layers of paper strips, leaving the paper mache to dry between each layer. When it is dry, you can pop the balloon with the sharp knife and remove it from the inside. This will be the body and head of the pig. Separate five egg carton sections (one for each leg and the snout) and attach these to the paper mache body using masking tape. Get your kids to colour their pig with paint or coat it with pink tissue paper. Use bits of folded pink felt to fashion ears for your pig and glue these on. Using a sharp knife, make a small hole at the tail end of the pig body. Insert a pipe cleaner into the hole, then shape the pipe cleaner into a spiral. Either draw eyes on with a marker or glue on plastic googly eyes. Draw two nostrils on the snout with a marker.  Along the top of the pig’s body, carefully cut a slot large enough to fit any coin.

3.Create a bird feeder: Have your child collect leaves, bark, gum nuts or other natural findings from your backyard or even the park. Staple the top of a milk carton together, then punch a hole in the top of thew carton and thread the string through, tying a knot to create a loop to hang the bird feeder. Then cut out an insert/hole towards the base of the carton. Using PVA glue, get your child to stick the natural found items to the bird feeder, to create a feeder that can blend in with the natural environment by mimicking the birds’ natural habitat.Fill the base with bird food and hang on a tree in your garden, or from a high spot on your verandah or balcony.

4. Hold a clothesline art show: Are you running out of space on the fridge? Encourage your kids to keep creating their works of art during the holidays and then display them on the clothesline for all to see! Invite your family, friends and neighbours over to see the artwork and enjoy an afternoon outside in the warm summer hair.

5. Make scented glitter playdough: You’ll need two cups flour two cups of warm water, one cup of salt, two tablespoons of vegetable oil, one tablespoon of cream of tartar and food colouring. When the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan and begins to form a ball, remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once the dough is cool enough to handle, turn it out and knead until it becomes smooth.Depending on how many colours you want to make, divide the dough into balls and using your thumb, make an indentation in the top of each one. Drop five to six drops of your choice of food colouring into the indentation and massage the colour through the dough. Keep adding food colouring until you reach a colour you like. Once you’ve made the basic dough try customising it by adding a few drops of essential oils such as peppermint, cinnamon or citrus, some chunky glitter for sparkle or coloured sand in a contrasting colour for texture.

What are your tips and ideas for keeping kids happy and safe during the holidays?