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Fun with Food | Kids’ Boredom Busters

We suddenly have a lot of time on our hands, and the kids need entertained. Here are simple ways they can be kept busy (and have fun!) with a few things you probably already have on hand.

Marbled Easter Eggs

These eye-catching eggs are easier to make than they look. Kids will have fun making their own egg design! Here’s what you’ll need:

  •  1 cup water
  •  2 tsp white vinegar
  • 10 drops food coloring
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Slotted Spoon

Step 1. In a small bowl, stir together water, vinegar, food coloring, and butter.

Step 2. Using a slotted spoon, dunk the egg into the bowl a few times. Then completely submerge the egg for 4-5 minutes., adding a bit more water to cover the egg if needed.

Step 3. Remove egg and gently pat with a paper towel to dry and remove any excess butter mixture.

TIP! For a two-tone effect, after patting the marbled egg dry, repeat steps 2 and 3 in a bowl of contrasting color mixture of water, food coloring, vinegar, and butter.

Veggie stamps

For vegetables that need used up, turn them into stamps! Use a paring knife to make it into any shape they want. They can have fun making cards to send to their friends and teachers. A few veggies you can use are beets and potatoes. To make a flower stamp, cut off a celery heart, two-three inches from the base.


Create a tic-tac-toe board with veggie sticks like carrots, green beans, and celery. Each play chooses a vegetable to represent X’s and O’s.

Marshmallow Creations

Raid the snack cabinet for this fun (and edible) craft. All you need are marshmallows, pretzel sticks, icing, and some sort of candy. Challenge the kids to make a snowman, a robot, or even a dog!

Cupcake Decorating Battle

Bake up a large batch of your favorite cupcakes and create a topping bar to begin the battle of the cupcakes. Kids can mix and match toppings and frosting to see which one is the most creative. Reuse your cupcake tin and fill the cavities with sprinkles and nonpareils in various colors and sizes.

PRO TIP! Divide white frosting among 4 or 5 bowls and color with a few drops of food coloring. Pour into a zip lock bag and cut the corner to make a makeshift pastry bag.

Don’t have everything you need to do some of the activities above? No problem! Here are a few indoor games that will get everyone up and moving!

DIY obstacle course

Set up an obstacle course throughout the house and send kids on an adventure. Here are some fun ideas to try:

  • Belly crawl under toilet paper lines
  • Jump around hula hoops
  • Balance on tape-lined paths
  • Crawl through forts made from blankets and chairs
  • Use pillowcases as potato sacks to hop around
  • Shoot foam balls into a laundry basket
  • Walk while balancing a balloon on your head

Water Bottle Ring Toss

All you need are empty water or soda bottles and rings to throw. Have the kids fill up the water bottles and add a few drops of food coloring. Each color represents a different number of points when the rings are thrown.

Silly Dance party

Turn off the TV, throw on a costume, and blast the music. Play “Simon Says” by shouting out funny dance moves or try a round of freeze dance to keep the party going.

Balloon Volleyball

Create an indoor volleyball court using a string or streamers tied to two chairs as the net and a balloon as the ball. Break up into teams or try to compete one-on-one.

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