15 Jan 2015 Share:

Kids bored? Here are five great ways to keep them entertained

January is a long month - the fun of the festive season is over and the dark winter nights and cold winter days can be a nightmare for mums and dads with kids who need pulling away from the telly.

 

As we head into February, it's time to get the kids up and out and doing things.

 

Here's our recommendation for five things to do with your kids this month. And if you like, you can do them all at Bunn Leisure when the park re-opens from March 1!

 

Collect stones and shells from a windswept beach - there's nothing better to blow the cobwebs away.

Then Google 'painted pebbles' to inspire the transformation of your beachcombing finds into ladybirds, flowers or fun bugs - or a pebble garden in a shoebox.

 

Dream up and illustrate a menu of savoury and sweet pancakes all ready for Pancake Day (17 February). We've got a pancake recipe and some ideas to get you started - see below. Don't forget to post your creations on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bunnleisure

 

Make real whisked hot chocolate and head out with your wellies, a rucksack, a flask, some squirty cream and a tub of mini marshmallows for the perfect end to a winter walk.

 

Plan a run-around treasure hunt in the garden. Hide a peg, a spoon, a tin of beans or your own treasures - and challenge your kids to find them. The prize? They get to choose which movie to watch as a family.

 

Have a barbecue - yes really!  Coats, scarves and hats at the ready, light up the barbie and sit round it to keep warm while sausages, burgers and onions sizzle away. You won't be outside for long but you'll feel sooo much better for a blast of fresh air, a rosy face and a nod to the better weather which is just around the corner.

 

Pancake recipe

100g plain flour

2 eggs

300ml semi-skimmed milk

1 tbsp sunflower oil

pinch salt

Put the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre.

Crack the eggs into the well and add the milk whisking until you have a smooth thick batter (a bit thicker than single cream). Pour into a jug.

Heat a small non-stick frying pan. Wipe the pan with kitchen paper with oil on.

Pour the batter into the pan - after about 30 seconds nudge the edge with a spatula. When it moves easily that side is ready. Turn and cook again until golden brown both sides.

Make a pancake pile and then serve when you have as many as you need. They will keep like this for 24 hours.

Be hands-on before the day - then freeze for a month wrapped in clingfilm ready to top and scoff on Shrove Tuesday.

 

Pep up your pancakes

Traditional lemon juice and caster sugar

Nutella, sliced banana and vanilla ice cream

Baked beans and melted cheese

Sausage and fried red onions

 

Posted by Polymedia Blog

 

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