Things to do with the kids this Australia Day
Australia Day is all about celebrating Australia in all its glory. We know that it is nearing the end of the school holidays and no doubt the kids have been hammering you with the “I’m Bored”, “It’s hot”, “There is nothing to do” etc. So why not take Australia Day as a day to get the kids outside and involved in some authentic Aussie games and activities.
- Have a Thong Toss
Thong tosses almost always happen on Australia Day, any other day you will probably get some very strange looks. The aim of the game is to see who can throw their thong the longest without stepping over a line. This can be played anywhere, the beach, the backyard, the creek, the dam, anywhere.
- Backyard/Beach Cricket.
Australian Summers are synonymous with cricket and no doubt the majority of kids have been watching the Big Bash with awe. Have your own Big Bash league on Australia Day. All you need is a cricket set like our Double Cricket Set which can be used anywhere. This will keep the kids happy and occupied for hours.
- An Egg and Spoon Race.
Let’s face it. We all have been a part of an egg and spoon race at one point or another, and admit it… It was pretty fun. Why not get your kids involved and share a memory? All you need is some eggs (If you don’t want mess, hard-boil them) and some spoons (Tablespoons are much easier as they are bigger)
- Water Bomb Fights
Australia day is usually a pretty hot day around the country and water bombs fights are the perfect mix of water and action. To put a spin on the classic water bomb fights, why not use our Aqua Splats? They are soft so they can be thrown as hard as the kids want without risk of injury.
- Make Lamingtons
Sometimes it is just way too hot to go outside, especially in the middle of the day. Why not keep the kids inside and make Lamingtons? Making Lamingtons is quick and easy and the kids will love being able to help. Check out this awesome Lamington recipe below
- 1 Cup Castor Sugar
- 125g Butter, Softened
- 3 Eggs
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 ¾ cups of self-raising flour
- ½ cup of milk
- 2 cups desiccated coconut
- 3 ½ cups icing sugar mixture
- ¼ cups cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon butter, softened
- ½ Cup boiling water
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 3cm-deep, lamington pan. Line with baking paper, leaving a 2cm overhang on all sides. Using an electric beater, mix sugar, butter and vanilla until fluffy and light. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition (be careful as the mixture may happen to curdle)
- Sift half the flour over butter mixture. Stir to combine. Add half the milk. Stir to combine. Repeat with remaining flour and milk. Spoon into prepared pan. Smooth top. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack. Cover with a clean tea towel. Set aside overnight.
- Sift icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl. Add butter and boiling water. Stir until smooth.
- Cut cake into 15 pieces. Place coconut in a dish. Using a fork, dip 1 piece of cake in icing. Shake off excess. Toss in coconut. Place on a wire rack over a baking tray. Repeat with remaining cake, icing and coconut. Stand for 2 hours or until set. Serve.
6.Make Anzac Biscuits with the kids then have a competition who can bite their biscuit into the shape of Australia
Anzac biscuits are not only tasty and fun to make but easy to bake so the kids can help and enjoy helping without getting frustrated. Once the biscuits are cooked and cooled why not have the kids bite the biscuit into the shape of Australia for a competition. Here is an easy to follow recipe to make Anzac Biscuits.
- ½ Teaspoon bi carb soda
- ½ cup castor sugar
- 150g unsalted butter, chopped
- 1 ¼ cup plain flour, sifted
- 1 ½ cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup of desiccated coconut
- Preheat oven to 170C. Place the flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl and stir to combine.
- In a small saucepan, place the golden syrup and butter and stir over low heat until the butter has fully melted. Mix the bicarb soda with 1 1/2 tablespoons water and add to the golden syrup mixture. It will bubble whilst you are stirring together so remove from the heat.
- Pour into the dry ingredients and mix together until fully combined. Roll tablespoonsful of mixture into balls and place on baking trays lined with nonstick baking paper, pressing down on the tops to flatten slightly.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
7.Beach/Park Frisbee or Football
Take the kids to the beach or the park and throw a Frisbee or football. It’s fun, its outdoors and it will give them hours of play. Try our Groova or Frisc for Frisbee fun and our signature Neoprene footies.