Articles written in the category : Kids bedroom

South Shore Suggestions for Family Activities during Spring Break!

Spring break is eagerly awaited by students of all ages. Sometimes parents run short of imagination to find interesting activities for children. To inspire you, South Shore employees offer you their ideas for activities!

Veronique : If the weather isn’t nice outside, build forts indoors with sheets and living room furniture. Let your children create their own scenarios. Then bring them snacks so they can have a picnic!

 

Sophie : Organize dinners in the living room, maybe even in pajamas, after a full day of activities. For mothers with little girls, shopping with dinner in a restaurant is greatly appreciated, by both daughter and mother!

 

 

Alain : In colder climates, don’t miss out on winter sports like alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, skating and ice fishing!

 

 

Alejandro : Children are always eager for a classic outing at the movies and a family restaurant. It’s simple, but they appreciate it so much!

 

Michele : To make snowmobiling even more fun, attach a sled to the back on fine winter days. Guaranteed enjoyment!

Ginette : More “artistic” activities like do-it-yourselfing, scrapbooking and jewellery making, as well as playing with Lego and puzzles, are perfect for rainy or colder days.

Personalize your Christmas gift wrap!

With Christmas just around the corner, you’ve probably bought all your gifts and now, you just have to wrap them.

What I like to do, at the start of the Christmas shopping season, is look for the perfect gifts for everyone. And when it’s time to wrap them, I like to carry on this theme by personalizing the gift wrap. What could be better than gifts wrapped by you, in your own unique way, where you give free rein to your creativity? You can even get your kids involved in wrapping gifts for their grandparents.

For a few years now, I’ve been wrapping all my gifts in kraft paper – the well-known brown stuff (which you can buy, at a very affordable price, in any big box store). I love using this paper since it’s very strong and gives me a blank slate so I can do whatever I like! And I use it on other occasions besides Christmas, such as for birthday presents or any other time a gift is called for.

Once you’ve wrapped the box in kraft paper, you can make a ribbon out of a piece of leftover tissue you still have at home. Anything can be used as a decorative accent: jute, pine cones, sprigs from a Christmas tree, buttons, felt pompons, etc.

Make a little hideout for your kids… from an old tablecloth!

Do your kids like setting up a little hideout in your home? If the answer is “yes,” then anything – rugs, cushions, a blanket, or chairs – can be used to create a little nook they can call their own. That said, here’s a much faster, easier way to make the perfect little “house”: the “table hideout”, which you can set up and take down in less than a second!

A simple recipe for non-toxic homemade modeling clay

Modeling clay lends itself to some truly enjoyable activities you can do with your children… but it’s often expensive and always ends up dried out! So here’s a simple recipe for homemade modeling clay. Many other recipes can be found on the Web, but this one is ideal because it’s non-toxic, really inexpensive and calls for ingredients that are always within easy reach!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • 1½ tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Food colouring

Method

  1. Combine salt and flour in a bowl.
  2. Add the right amount of food colouring (I used approximately 12 drops for the quantity in this recipe) to the ½ cup water.
  3. Add the water and then the oil, while mixing with a spoon.
  4. Knead with your hands until it’s evenly mixed and of the desired consistency.

*If you find that the clay is too soft or not soft enough, you can fix that by adding a little water or flour.
And there you go! To keep your clay from drying out, you can store it in a hermetically sealed bag or container.

2 little activity ideas that use modeling clay

Mixing colours

If you’d like to show your children what the various colours are made up of (e.g., purple = red + blue; brown = yellow + red + blue), double or triple the recipe, and add the water – without any food colouring – to your mixture.

Make a night stand into a mini-range for your child!

Before you get rid of that old night stand, think about recycling it… into a toy range for your children! Here’s how…

First of all, the night stand we chose for this project comes from the Cosmos collection. Another, more traditional, night stand would also have given the range a unique style, but I liked the look and colour of this model for my little household appliance!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pieces of MDF, particleboard or stiff cardboard.
  • 2 flat hinges
  • 1 suspension arm
  • Decorative paper, e.g., the kind used for scrapbooking
  • Printed image of an oven door glass
  • 4 printouts of burner covers or red and black foam
  • 5 plastic bottle tops or any other round, flat objects.

Existing Cosmos night table and the modified one

1. To make a new back for the range, take a piece of MDF, particleboard or stiff cardboard and cut it to the right size. If you don’t have the right equipment at home, you can get it cut in a hardware store. The piece needs to be the same width as the night stand, but 12 to 18 inches longer than the height so you have a back guard for the range.
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