At the time of writing, nobody quite knows how long this lockdown has left to go. There’s even talk of the kids not being back at school until summer, so if you’re a parent it’s not unlikely that you’re already on the lookout for something new to keep the family occupied. We’ve got a few ideas for you there – and best of all, you can do them in the kitchen safely on your laminate kitchen worktops, getting everyone away from the screens for a bit. Some require a bit of preparation, but the final results are always worth it!
1. Stage your own bake-off
As you’ll know if you’ve ever actually watched the Great British Bake Off, baking is one of those things that’s easy to pick up, yet hard to master. But don’t let that stop you from trying! As one of the most accessible and arguably safest forms of food preparation, the possibilities are nearly endless – whether you prefer sweet or savoury food. Hot cross buns, chocolate cake, gingerbread houses, homemade bread… the world’s your oyster!
The great thing about baking is that it’s both a science and an art. Kids can get involved in the technical side with measuring and weighing the ingredients, or they can get creative with their decorations. The end result will always be something to be proud of! (Just be careful if attempting to bake the Prime Minister of New Zealand.)
2. Get a pizza the action
Making pizza from scratch is another fantastic activity, partially because of an aspect it shares with baking – namely, making bread from scratch. It’s an eternally useful skill, and one that stands them in good stead for later life! If your family has ever enjoyed an affinity with Playdoh, they’ll love making the real thing, rolling it out and topping it. You can also let them choose their own ingredients, which can be a brilliant way to get them to try things they might not have risked otherwise – such as olives or sardines. It can also help you educate them on how to cut things safely, using cutlery knives and soft ingredients such as mushrooms.
3. Egg decorating
We’ll turn now to something a little more artsy. Easter may have been quite some time ago now, but if you’ve got one or two eggs to spare (possibly after your baking escapades), there’s nothing to stop you from getting a little creative with them! You can try and help your children create their favourite characters – whether that’s the cast of Harry Potter, or a small army of egglike Minions!
4. Help them tackle a bird box
No, we’re not suggesting you sit them down for a viewing of Sandra Bullock’s supernatural thriller. We were thinking more about bringing some wildlife to you. There’s something uniquely satisfying about watching birds get a few bites from a feeder you’ve created yourself, and they’re easy enough to make. You can find a couple of options on how to do so, but one of the simplest and easiest is to use an empty milk carton – especially as it makes good use of recyclable plastic.
5. Grow your own vegetables
We’re looking a bit more long-term here, but perhaps in the current crisis, a long term project is exactly what you need! Plus, it’s a good way to encourage kids to make the most of what they have, and is a useful way to increase their self-sufficiency. (Again, all of which is especially relevant right now!) To start off with, all you need is a planter, your chosen vegetable, and a little bit of space on your windowsill. The rest is up to you!
If your worktops are looking like they might need a refresh once this is all over, that’s where we can help here at Savoy Timber. We’ve got a huge range of laminate kitchen worktops to choose from, ranging from high gloss effects to stylish Zenith compact worktops. And if you have any questions or need any advice, we’re only a phone call away on 0345 0268 799!