Three simple ways to keep the kids entertained

Spring has sprung, but the weather hasn't quite warmed enough to spend all day in the park without snotty noses and blue lips; so we're here to offer you three home activities you can create out of things you (most likely) already have in your home. It's not always easy spending cold and rainy days in the house, but now you'll be armed with some last minute options to keep everyone entertained and feeling sane!

Your hallway is a string maze

All you need; a ball of string (toilet paper could work too) and some tape

Tape the string so it crisscrosses up, down and across the length of the wall. Challenge your little ones to make it to the end of the hall without touching the string (or breaking the toilet paper). Set a challenge and leave them to sort out the solution. Their little minds will run wild and this simple creation will offer hours of entertainment and fun.

Let the kids feed the birds

All you need; an empty toilet paper roll, a bit of string, peanut butter and crushed nuts, chips, or bird seed (if you have it).

It might not be warm enough to go outside, but a bird's still got to eat! Take the empty toilet paper roll and cover the outside with peanut butter (Nutella, Almond Butter, or regular butter will also work). Crush nuts, chips, or any snack-like item and roll the peanut butter covered toilet paper roll in the mixture. Complete the feeder with a bit of string around the top and hang outside a visible window. All that's left now is to sit, wait and watch. If you'd like to keep the game going, then keep a log of all the different birds you see.

Let the kids make dinner

All you need; 2 cups plain flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 3 tsp oil, 3/4 cup water, any sauce (tomato, pesto, white cheese, etc) and your pick of toppings

Cooking is not only a great way to pass away an afternoon, but turns your little ones into the big helpers they long to be. Give them the ingredients needed and let them get busy stirring and beating. Once all the ingredients are blended, separate the dough into mini small pizza crusts. Bake the crusts at 200C for 15 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove from the oven and then let cool. Give your little ones a few clean paint brushes, several sauce options and let them spend the afternoon decorating the pizza crusts with whatever you have available. Voila, not only have they had a great time, but they've made their dinner as well.