Summer Holiday Activities

Summer Holiday Activities Blog by gifts for little hands

The summer holidays… 6 whole weeks off school, so much can be done but we know it’s hard to fill up the time especially with the bad weather recently. We’ve picked out 2 DIY activities that you and your little ones can do at home and have so much fun!


A great way to have fun and use some resources that you already have in the house.


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • Food colouring
  • Food extract (optional)
  • Bowl
  • Things to stick in the dough (lollipop sticks, straws, Pom poms)
  • Things to make impressions with (Jar lids, cookie cutter or bottle caps)
Dough for Gifts for little hands activity


Add the food colouring to the water then mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Add the water a bit at a time.

Mix until the ingredients become a dough and then knead it. Add extract if you would like a scent in your play dough.

Once you have the dough consistency your play dough is ready to be played with.


A great way to re-use any household empties and encourage children to think about what they can make with the items they have.


  • Plastic bottles
  • Rice/ Pasta
  • Tissue boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Elastic bands
  • Cellotape
  • Kitchen roll tubes
Plastic bottle for Gifts for little hands activity


  • Use plastic bottles to make great shakers when pasta or rice is added inside them.
  • Take a tissue box and decorate it if you want to, stretch elastic bands around it and make a guitar! (attach with cellotape or glue so they’re safe and secure)
  • Use a pringle tin as a shaker or a drum, these are great to decorate!
  • The list is endless and all you have to do is use your imagination.
  • The shakers are amazing for babies and toddlers and they can join in whilst making them too.

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