Mix Kids: Tired of watching TV? Try our games instead

3 Sep 2012 @ 3.04 pm
| Entertainment

If the kids are tired and and bored of watching TV then we may just have the answer!
Each week you will find fun things to occupy the kids right here at YorkMix.

Leaf printing and stencilling

What you need:
•  A variety of fresh leaves
•  Water-based paints
•  Small paintbrush
•  Old newspaper
•  Old toothbrush
•  Sheets of paper

What to do:

Leaf printing instructions:

1. Hold a leaf by its stem and paint on one side only
2. Lay the leaf (paint side down) on a sheet of paper
3. Cover the leaf with a sheet of old newspaper and gently rub
4. Remove the newspaper and leaf to reveal the leaf print
5. Use different leaves to make a collage

Leaf stencilling instructions:

1. Lay a selection of leaves on a sheet of paper. Make sure you leave gaps of paper.
2. Dip the old toothbrush into the paint. Hold the brush over the leaves and rub your thumb over the bristles so that the paint splatters over the leaves.
3. Keep adding more paint and rubbing until the paper and leaves are covered with dots!
4. Carefully remove the leaves


Colouring fun

4 Fantastic pictures for your mummy or daddy to print off and for you to colour in.

I wonder which characters you will find this week……..






Outdoor adventure mini-safari

Here are some simple nature-based activities for kids – whether out in the park or on the balcony, there are possibilities for everyone that won’t cost the earth and won’t take long.

Seed collecting: Many flowers and trees in our neighbourhoods started as small seeds, which take many different forms. From an oak tree, to a tomato, to a banana, most of the plants around us have seeds.  Look around your kitchen, garden and park and see how many different seeds you can find.  Once you have collected a variety of seeds and found out what they are, then you can plant them or draw a picture of what the seed will grow into.

Leaf collage: Fallen leaves are everywhere – you’ll find them on the street, in window boxes, in your garden and at the local park. How many different kinds, colours and shapes of leaves can your child find?  Collect as many as you can find and have your child identify the plant they are from by talking to parents and neighbours or looking in a book.  Then make a picture or a collage with them.

Bark rubbing: The bark of each variety of tree is different.  Can you tell the differences?  Next time you’re in the park or your garden, take a few pieces of paper and coloured wax crayons.  When you see a tree with interesting bark, lean the paper against it and rub the crayon over it – soon you’ll have a picture of the bark.

Hunting: Ask your child to go on an animal hunt. After it rains, ask your child to find animal footprints. Does your child recognise them? Are there other signs that animals were around such as ripped leaves, broken twigs or branches, or feathers from birds? What makes some things in nature pretty? What makes some things in nature scary, boring, or interesting? What are the things in nature that your child likes the most?


Colouring fun

4 Fantastic pictures for your mummy or daddy to print off and for you to colour in.

I wonder which characters you will find this week……..





Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

This recipe makes 12 yummy cupcakes





Spot the Difference

A Spot the difference puzzle for your mummy or daddy to print off and help you solve.





Dinosaur Jokes

Here are some funny jokes to tell your friends.