Kids Fun Spring 2023
We’re going around the world this spring! First up, we’re celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with some do-it-yourself paper lanterns. Bright, colourful and fun to make, these will be a hit for the whole family. Next, we’ve been inspired by Mexico for our recipe with a tasty, sweet twist on a Mexican food classic – dessert tacos.
D-I-Y Diwali lanterns
What is Diwali? Diwali is India’s biggest holiday of the year. It celebrates the symbolic victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Diwali is celebrated by millions of people all over the world, lighting up their houses with lanterns and decorations, with feasts and music, and family get-togethers. This year, Diwali falls on the 12th of November. Why not get your family together to bring some light into your lives with these easy do-it-yourself lanterns!
What you’ll need:
- Sheets of different coloured paper
- Coloured marker pens
- Glitter glue
- Glue stick
- Battery-operated tea light
- Cut one sheet of coloured paper to measure approximately 30cm long by 15cm wide. Set extra paper strip aside.
- Draw some decorations on with your markers, like pretty flower shapes or cool patterns.
- Fold paper in half vertically with decorations facing outward.
- Cut a slit on folded side of paper approximately 5cm in from the outer edge.
- Repeat step 4 along the full length of folded paper, creating slits approximately 4cm apart.
- Unfold paper and place horizontally.
- Cut 2 pieces of a different coloured paper approximately 2.5cm by 30cm wide.
- Glue the new paper strips to top and bottom edges of your decorated paper.
- Add glitter glue designs to the new paper strips. Let all glue steps dry for 3 to 4 hours.
- Glue edges of the coloured paper together, creating lantern shape.
- Glue on the extra paper strip from step 1 to create the lantern handle.
- Place battery-operated tea light into your lantern. Turn it on and enjoy!
What you’ll need: For the pancake batter
- 1 cup or 150g self-raising flour
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 1 cup or 250ml milk (or soy/rice milk)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 30g butter, melted(or margarine)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ tsp finely grated lemon zest (optional)
- Sift flour and sugar into a medium-large bowl.Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.
- Add the lemon zest, milk, egg and melted butter/margarine and whisk to combine.
- Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat and grease lightly with butter or oil.
- For each pancake, place 2 tablespoons of batter into the pan. Keep the pancakes thin, no more than half a centimetre thick, so that they can still be folded into the taco shape once cooked.
- Cook for 2 minutes or until bubbles form on the surface. Turn and cook for a further 1 to 2 minutes, or until pancakes are cooked through.
- Remove the pancakes from the pan and place into a taco holder to make the taco shape.
Fill with your choice of fillings, serve, and enjoy… Arriba!
For the fillings Your pick from:
- Your favourite fresh fruits, like blueberries, bananas, strawberries, kiwifruit
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate sauce, jam or honey for drizzling
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped nuts
- Mini marshmallows
Top tip: add ground cinnamon to your pancake batter for a churros-inspired twist!