30 Ways to Spend 30 Mins

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30 Ways to Spend 30 Mins

30 Ways to Spend 30 Minutes 30 Ways to Spend 30 Minutes

30 Ways to Spend 30 Minutes

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, sister or brother, you can initiate and encourage these activities - or better still join in yourself.

  • Dress Up Create an entire look, from outfit to make-up, for how they want to look when they grow up
  • Fashion Show Whether it's the kids themselves or boys' or girls' dolls, the models must remember to wiggle when they walk down the cat walk
  • Finger Puppet Pick a favourite character and make a finger puppet to look like them
  • Model Making Have a go at model making using clay, playdough, or plasticine
  • Design Design your own board game together
  • Nature Trail Try pressing flowers, making petal perfume and leaf rubbings
  • Jewellery Make using buttons, beads, or a jewellery kit
  • Popsongs Ask kids to choose their favourite pop song then invent a song and dance routine for the family

  • Acting Why not use your toys to re-create a soap opera like Neighbours
  • Role Play Try doctors or nurses, teacher and pupil or shopkeepers
  • Look After Someone Special Dolls can be dressed up, nursed through injury or illness, read to or taken on journeys
  • Model Trains/Cars Drive them! Give them personalities and adventures
  • Play Televisions A cardboard box is a fun and easily made television set
  • Big Brother Make up a game by choosing 9 toys and gradually "voting them out".

  • ASSAULT COURSE Create an activity assault course in your garden
  • HOPSCOTCH Chalk up a hopscotch grid on your driveway. Be creative with its shape to test their skills
  • PLAY BALL From simple catch to more complicated games like skittles with old cans or rounders
  • WATER In hot weather, you can't beat water games. Use water pistols, padding pools or hosepipes!
  • HIDE & SEEK Play hide and seek or sardines
  • TAG Burn off loads of energy (and calories for parents!) with Tag, Mr Crocodile and Simon Says

  • COMPUTER Set up a computer game knock-out with your kids and their friends
  • BUILDING BLOCKS Construct the biggest building using blocks - or the funniest one!
  • BOARD GAME Host a board game championship
  • MARBLES Organise a mini-marbles or Jacks or table football tournament.

  • WHO AM I? Play celebrity Who Am I? or 20 questions - remember only answer yes or no
  • WORD GAME Start with famous people. Think of a name, next to go says another name beginning with the initial of your choice's surname
  • STORY Concoct a group story using the order of the alphabet "My auntie went to China and bought...an armadillo, a balaclava, a cadillac..."
  • HOLIDAY DIARY Keep a holiday diary using used tickets, receipts and anything else to make a collage
  • TREASURE TRAIL Think of really tricky clues to lead them to the coveted prize.

Information gathered from the British Toy and Hobby Association.
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30 Ways to Spend 30 Mins

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