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Make your own Wrapping Paper

Christmas Cards that the Kids can make

Go the extra mile and personalize your wrapping paper!

With Christmas around the corner, www.home decided to look at some of the absolutely gorgeous home made Christmas cards - to inspire you to make your own this year. Save money and have a great time too!

Metallic paints add a Christmas feel... •

Using a white wax crayon draw some snow flakes, stars etc... all over a large piece of paper. Then get some watered down craft paint and paint the whole page.

Encourage the whole family to get in on the fun this Christmas by designing several homemade Christmas Cards for every member of your family and friends. You may like to purchase prepared craft accessories, or get the kids involved with a pair of scissors, some old magazines and the ‘stuff’ lying around the house!

Paint your whole page a plain colour, then using potato stamp (cut designs out of potatoes) and a different colour paint stamp designs all over the page.

Paint your whole page a base coat of meOr tear up different coloured tissue paper and tallic colour. Then randomly paint a second roll them into balls. Glue the balls onto precolour of regular craft paint over the metal- printed pictures or make your own picture. lic paint. While the top coat is still wet, using a fork or comb or anything else have some fun drawing patterns into the paint.

Literally anything can be used... As well as pictures, you can use some craft materials to add a 3D effect. Look for fleece, cotton, ribbons, even faux fur!

Use your wrapping paper with a nice ribbon to cover a present making it very special.

...Add a Special Touch with Matching Gift Tags Compliment this wrapping paper with matching Gift Tags! Glue a piece of home made gift wrap onto folded cardboard. Decorate the card using any small embellishments or you could make your own using a paper clip shaped into a star or circle. Project compliments of: Crafting Kids

Bring Out the Artist Using an old paint brush and some craft glue let your child paint a picture with the glue. Then, using coloured sand, coloured mielie meal or glitter... sprinkle over the picture for a funky effect.

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Reindeer Cupcakes is the hub of Santa’s activities! Send Santa a letter and he’ll write you back, read stories about Santa, the elves, and reindeer, Print stories & color the pages and countdown to Christmas with more fun activities.

Make some reindeer cupcakes using a cupcake ready mix and some fun extras.

Elf Yourself

Make your cupcakes according to the instructions on the ready mix pack (or buy some un-iced queen cakes). will help you create a fun Christmas clip this year. Watch the magic as you are transformed into Dancing Elves!

Personal Video Message

Now all you need is some: will let your loved ones receive a personal message from Santa Claus, sent directly from his village in the North Pole.

Visit Santa’s Village will take you around Santa’s village, full of fun things for both kids and parents, including lots of new things this year.

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Chocolate butter icing Silver balls/ small sweets for eyes. Small cherries/ Astros for nose. Plain pretzels for antlers.

Ice the cupcakes with the chocolate butter icing and decorate as in the image above. Use the silver balls as eyes just above centre. Put small cherry/red Astro for a nose, and the pretzels are pushed into the cake just above the eyes as antlers.

z Rudolph Craft u You will need: r • Empty toilet roll d • Pair googlie eyes red pompom h •• Small 2 Gold pipe cleanm ers • Green ribbon q • Brown koki r What to do: m Shape the pipe cleaners into antlers v

Cut 4 “door way” shapes for Rudolph’s legs.

Glue the eyes and nose in place then use the koki to make a mouth, hooves and eyebrows. Finally using cellotape, stick the antlers into the inside of the toilet roll on the top.


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Color Wheel

Creating Crystals

Pour 1 cup milk into a bowl.

Fill a jar with boiling water. Mix in borax 1 tablespoon at a time, for a total of 3 tablespoons per 1 cup of water, until it settles on the bottom of the jar and won’t dissolve. Add bright food coloring.

Add three drops of red food coloring at the edge of the bowl at the “12 o’clock” position; add 3 drops of blue food coloring 1/3 of the way away at the “4 o’clock” position; and add 3 drops of yellow food coloring 1/3 of the way away at the “8 o’clock” position. Be careful not to move the bowl at this stage! Squeeze a drop of dish washing liquid (such as Sunlight) into the centre of the bowl. Watch as the soap, which won’t mix with the milk, floats on top of the bowl and spreads across the surface. As it moves it grabs the food coloring, and as it moves it forms new colors!

Change the Colour of Celery Put 8-10 drops of red food coloring in water in a large glass. Cut the end off the bottom of a celery stalk, leaving the leaves at the top, and place the celery in the jar of red water. In about 12 hours, you’ll be able to see the red water has been absorbed into the veins of the stalk and the leaves!

Egg in a Bottle How can a boiled egg fit into a bottle with a narrow top? You will need:

• peeled hard-boiled egg (or softboiled, if a yolk mess interests you!) • bottle or jar with opening slightly smaller than the diameter of the egg. • very hot water (adult supervision please!) Sit the boiled (and peeled) egg on the bottle. Run the bottle under very hot tap water and place on the counter. Warmed air will escape around the egg, then as it cools, the softened egg will be sucked into the opening!

Bend a pipe cleaner into a star shape, tie it to a pencil with a piece of string, and suspend it over the jar so that the star pipe cleaner is in the borax solution but not touching the bottom or sides of the jar. Watch as crystals form on the star. Let set overnight. In the morning, remove the star and allow it to drip dry.

Twisted Bones Take some thin chicken bones and drop them in vinegar for a day. Take them out and they'll be soft! Now you can tie them in a knot, just like a piece of string. Or leave them sitting out on the table and they'll get hard again!

Make A Lava Lamp Mix some water and baby oil with a few drops of food coloring in a plastic bottle and watch a lava lamp in action! • Water • Baby Oil or Vegetable Oil • Food Colouring • Clear Plastic Bottle with Lid (Small) Fill a bottle 3/4 of the way with vegetable oil. Then fill the rest of the bottle with coloured water, and close the lid tightly. Turn the bottle on its side – watch as the colour moves through the oil in funny shapes and blobs. The water and the oil do not mix because the water has more density than the oil. Sources:

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Durban Libraries


Please contact your local Library to see what holiday activities they have planned. Adams Mission

031 905 3137


031 468 2948

Amanzimtoti Civic Centre

031 311 5883


031 404 9247


031 208 7766


031 462 8265

Athlone Park

031 311 5885


031 404 2870

Austerville Percy

031 461 1180

Motala Heights

031 700 2741


031 400 4666


031 703 2358

Beach Seaview

031 337 7600


031 771 0603


031 505 3710

Mt Edgecombe

031 502 3552

Cato Crest

031 261 1096

Musgrave Centre

031 201 6646

Cato Ridge

031 782 1632

New Germany

031 311 6476

Cato Manor Extension

031 264 1002

Newlands East

031 577 2161


031 264 0945

Newlands West

031 578 1121


031 707 3812

Pinetown Centre

031 311 6333


031 403 0331

Prince Edward

031 306 0404


031 706 2680

Reservoir Hills

031 262 5035

Durban North

031 564 2142


031 311 2578


031 564 0961


031 208 4881


031 572 5885

St Wendolins

031 706 3588


031 466 2888


031 539 3654


031 736 2306


031 539 1124


031 400 1933


031 311 2410


031 464 4769


031 507 5144


031 761 5830


031 703 2359


031 519 0487


031 205 3875

Isipingo Beach

031 311 5888


031 904 2289

Isipingo Civic

031 311 5887

Umdloti Beach

031 568 1746

Kingsburgh Hall

031 311 5886

Umhlanga Lagoon Drive

031 561 6433


031 706 3662

Umkumbane Cato Manor

031 261 4961


031 764 7543

Umlazi AA

031 909 4731

Kwa Dabeka

031 707 7497

Umlazi (W540)

031 907 2710

Kwa Makutha

031 905 3750


031 763 3231

Kwa Mashu

031 501 1977

Westville Civic Centre

031 311 6591

La Lucia

031 572 2986

Westville North

031 311 6601


031 400 7808

Windermere Centre

031 312 0416


031 311 2522


031 403 0700

Marian Ridge

031 703 1839


031 707 2201

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Scavenger Hunt


Print a list of some things your child could find in your garden and in your home. Then arm them each with a bag and the list, and send them to collect all the things on the list. For younger children use pictures on your list instead of words.

1 x Flower 1 x Living Thing – e.g. ant 1 x Dried Leaf 1 x Stone 1 x Coloured Leaf 1 x Blade of Grass 1 x Something Soft 1 x Long thin Leaf 1 x Something Hard 1 x Dried Stick 1 x Ball 1 x Marble 1 x Paper Napkin 1 x Sock

1 x Clothes Peg 1 x Sheet of Paper 1 x Pencil 1 x Children’s book 1 x Shoe 1 x Comb 1 x Paper Clip 1 x Green Leaf 1 x Roll Toilet Paper

Grow Something

Outdoor Chef

Plant a flower bed. Sunflowers are great favorites with young kids and relatively easy to grow.

Nothing beats good old fashion mud pies!!

Water Play Fill a tub with water outside and add some bubble bath or liquid soap to it to make bubbles. Give your kids straws and various pouring containers and let them play!

Get the hose out and add some water to a sandy patch in the garden. Dress the kids in their costumes or some old clothes and let them make mud pies. Once they have finished making their pies, encourage them to hunt for flowers, stones and leaves in the garden. Then let them get really creative and use the flowers etc... to decorate their gourmet creations.

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Camp Out Take advantage of warm summer nights in Durban. Let the kids to invite some friends over and spend a night under the stars!

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Toast marshmallows, lie back and look at the stars. Use this opportunity to talk about the constellations of stars in the universe.

Parks and Nature Reserves

Sprinkler Fun On a nice hot day , get the kids in there costumes, cover them in suntan lotion and switch on the garden sprinkler.

There are a number of beautiful parks and nature reserves in and around Durban where you can take a picnic and the family to enjoy a fun day outing. Botanic Gardens

031 322 4000

This will do two things: 1. … water your garden, 2. … give hours of fun to your kids!

Burman Bush

031 312 4466

Pigeon Valley Park Trail

031 205 1919

Seaton Park Nature Reserve

031 563 6777

For extra fun arm each child with a water pistol or squirter and let them play.

Hawaiian Forest Nature Reserve

031 566 4018

Virginia Bush Nature Reserve

031 563 6777

Pavement Artist

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

031 702 3443

Give your child some chalk and let them draw on the pavement, fence or brick walls. Once they have had enough of drawing give them a bucket and cloth and set them to work cleaning the pictures off.

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

031 469 2807

Silverglen Nature Reserve

031 404 5628

Palmiet Nature Reserve

031 203 7067

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

031 764 3515

New Germany Nature Reserve

031 262 8239

Help your kids draw a hopscotch design on the paving, give them some small stones and they can be busy for hours.

Roosfontein Nature Reserve

031 203 7067

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

031 561 4257

Ball Skills

Bluff Nature Reserve

031 469 2807

Beachwood Mangroves

031 274 1150

Balls are a wonderful way for your children to get North Park Nature Reserve rid of some energy! A game like Swing Ball can give kids hours of fun Jamieson Park Japanese Gardens – Durban either on their own or with a friend. Play soccer using stones or shoes (or anything that is handy) to mark out goals and have turns shooting into the goals.

Bubbles Make bubbles using some dishwashing liquid and water. Shape an old metal coat hanger into a circle and dip and blow gently!

031 469 2807 031 303 2275 031 563 1333

North Mitchell Park

031 303 2275

Reunion Park/Isipingo Mangroves 031 902 6072 Hazelmere Nature Reserve

032 533 2315

Phezulu Game Park

031 777 1000

Tala Private Game Reserve

031 781 8000


What’s happening in Durban these holidays?

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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS La Lucia Mall — Festive Season Activities

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Normal trading hours 8.30am—6pm weekdays 8.30am—5pm weekends / thurs 16 dec (day of reconciliation)

Extended trading hours 17 dec 2010 to 2 jan 2011 Fri 17 dec Sat 18 dec Fri 24 dec Sat 25 dec Sun 26 dec Mon 27 dec Tue 28 dec Sat 1 jan Sun 2 jan

thur 23 dec (weekdays) 8.30am 7pm sun 19 dec (weekend) 8.30am 6pm (Christmas eve) 8.30am 6pm (Christmas day) optional trading* (day of goodwill) 8.30am 2pm (public holiday) 8.30am 5pm thurs 31 dec 8.30am 6pm (new year’s day) optional trading* normal trading resumes 9am 5pm

*certain retailers are open. Please call Centre Management on 031 562 8420

ACTIVITIES THROUGH THE MALL… SPCA TREE OF LOVE: 10-24 December From 10-24 December (in Foshini Court) place a dedication to your favourite pet on the SPCA Tree of Love for a small donation to the SPCA.

GIFT WRAPPING SERVICE: 16-24 December From 16-24 December (in Red Square court) you can have your gifts wrapped for a small donation to CHOC—the childhood cancer foundation SA.

SAND ART: 10-24 December Daily from 10-24 December in Exclusive Books court from 10am to 4pm.

LINDT GARDEN ACTIVITIES: 15-24 December Daily from 15-24 December from 10am to 6pm in the NWJ court with loads of giveaways.

FREE ACTIVITY SHEETS FOR KIDS: 10-24 December Daily from 10-24 December, ALL coffee shops and restaurants have activity sheets for the kids to enjoy daily (while stocks last).

FREE ACTIVITY SHEETS FOR KIDS at every Coffee Shop & Restaurant throughout La Lucia Mall this Festive Season! (while stocks last)

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Make your own PlayDough With the school holidays coming up I'm sure that many moms will be looking for ideas on how to keep the kids entertained. Play dough is a classic childhood toy everyone can have fun with and it's so easy to make at home you may never want to buy again! You will need: 2 cups flour 2 cups warm water 1 cup salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon cream of tartar Food colouring Disposable gloves Here's how: •

Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.

When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the centre, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle. Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like play dough. *If your play dough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer!

Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or glass board and knead vigorously until it becomes silky smooth.

Divide the dough into balls for colouring. Pop on the disposable gloves and make a well in the centre of each ball; add food colouring. Fold the dough over, working the food colour through the body of the play dough. Work the dye through, adding more as necessary to achieve your chosen colour.

When you're done, store your play dough in an air-tight container. Notes: If the play dough begins to dry out, you can knead a bit of water in again to soften the dough back to use ability. Once it's dried past a certain point, however, you'll just have to start over. If the play dough gets soggy, you can re-heat it to drive off the extra water the dough absorbed overnight.

Make Your Own Christmas Tree Decorations You can also make your own Christmas ornaments with your playdough! Simply cut out shapes using your favorite cookie cutters, and leave then bake on low heat in the oven until completely dry. Then paint or decorate the surface, and enjoy your very own hand-made Christmas decorations! Project supplied by

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HOME SECURE Checklist: Everybody loves to go on holiday, but none of us want to arrive home to find we have been burgled. In the rush to get away, it´s easy to forget the simple steps that can help keep your home safe and secure beyond just locking the door. Burglars target homes that look empty, so make your home appear busy and lived in. It is a good idea to get help from neighbours or family, let them know your holiday plans and when you expect to return. You could also ask them to collect post, open and close curtains and put your rubbish bin out on your driveway to give your home that “lived in” feel. (source: ADT website)

Ensure that all ground and basement windows are fitted with locks and make certain doors have dead bolt locks.


Secure sliding glass doors with a metal bar or wooden dowel placed in the door track.

Never leave an answering machine message indicating you're not home. Simply say that you cannot take the call at that moment.


Never leave door keys under a doormat or plant pot outside.

Use timer switches to turn lights on and off, giving your home the impression it is occupied. They are inexpensive, easy to operate and can be obtained from good DIY stores.

If you have a Neighbourhood Watch in your area, let them know your plans so that they can help keep an eye on your property.

Remember to cancel deliveries such as milk or newspapers. Uncollected mail acts as a signal that a house is not occupied.

Avoid discussing holiday plans with strangers, you never know who they might pass the information on to.

Secure important documents and valuable items in a safe place within your home or deposit them in a bank.

Put your home address on a piece of paper inside your suitcase and not visible on the outside. If you are flying, don´t put the labels on your luggage until you get to the airport check-in.

Leave curtains slightly parted so your house doesn't have an empty look, but don't leave valuables or electronic equipment where burglars can see them through windows.

If you have a monitored home security system, make sure it is working properly and has been properly tested at least 4 weeks before you go away. If you do not have a monitored alarm, consider having one installed because they are an effective deterrent.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: Not only is ADT SA’s leading security company but through our network of Community Security Schemes our local on-the-ground knowledge and ability to protect your suburb and neighbourhood is second to none. SA’S LEADING SECURITY COMPANY: ADT is the largest security service provider in South Africa, with more personnel, vehicles and resource than any other security company ADT is 'Always There' for you.

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I’m going on a trip

Car Cricket

This is a memory game where each person in turn tells what he's taking on a trip. The first person thinks of something that begins with the letter A, the next person the letter B and so on. Each person has to remember and recite all the things that have been mentioned thus far.

This is a classic car travel game.

For example, “I'm going on a trip & I'm taking an anvil.” “I'm going on a trip & I'm taking an Anvil & a Button.” “I'm going on a trip & I'm taking an Anvil, a Button & a Cat.”

Nominate one family member to have their turn—they are the batter. They get one ‘run’ for every car that go past in the opposite direction to you. A bakkie is worth 2 runs, and a truck is worth 4 runs. The batter is out when a black car drives past and the total number of runs is compared with the next batter’s score.

Spot the Cars

There are lots of possible variations to this game. Try “I'm going to the supermarket” or, for older kids, you could use items at a book shop, or the music store.

This game is similar to Car Cricket, but more suited to younger children who may not be able to keep up with the additions required.

He is, she is...

Each person chooses a different colour and then starts counting. First person to get to 20 / 50 / 100 - is the winner.

This game is great for playing on car trips. Look at the car next to yours and make up stories about the lives of the passengers. Challenge kids to be outrageously creative. What do they do? Where do they live? How many pets do they have?

The ABC game The objective is to complete the alphabet from A to Z. As you see the letter on billboards and signs you shout out the letter and point. You can either play competitively, or see how quickly you can get to Z working together.

Number plate games Make an interesting or funny three word phrase from the letters of the number plate. So if the letters are VWK, you might come up with Very Crazy Kids or Voracious Cannibals Knit. An alternative is to make a word that uses all three letters in it. To make it harder, you could use a rule that the letters have to be used in the order they appear on the number plate.

Are we there yet? Photocopy the relevant map page for each child. Show them how far you have come, how much further there is to go and let them mark it with a crayon. Every time someone asks "How much further?” let them see for themselves!



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