Tips

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Toddlers

Print out some colouring sheets from online and invite some friends around for a colouring party

Tip #519
Tens

Fold a piece of paper in half four times. Cut small shapes into the edges. Unfold and see what you have made.

Tip #496
Tens

Visit a museum or gallery, look around and see who or what inspires you, see if you can copy some of their work.

Tip #552
Toddlers

Hide some treasure. Draw a map. Take your friends on a treasure hunt.

Tip #544
Tens

Go to your local library, read a book and write a review on it, your local newspaper or bookshop may be interested in your opinion and you could be asked to do it again.

Tip #523
Teens

Invent a pizza. Take it to a pizza restaurant. Offer to do a small job there in return for them making you your pizza for free.

Tip #457
Teens

Collect some jam jars. Pick some berries and ask and adult to help you make jam. Make labels. You could sell it at your local shop.

Tip #553
Toddlers

Paint your thumb, print it onto some paper then turn it into an animal or bird with legs, wings, tails etc!

Tip #573
Teens

Start a blog about your favourite thing www.blogger.com

Tip #458
Tens

Make a paper aeroplane. Give it a camouflaged design. Set a new world record for longest paper plane flight.

Tip #543
Toddlers

Using old boxes build a den. Make a sign with your den’s name on it and invite your friends to share it with you.

Tip #509
Tens

Invent a super hero. Write his or her story. Ask a magazine editor to publish it.

Tip #554
Teens

Design a new logo for a restaurant, local shop or hotel. Once It’s finished go and ask them if they would like to use it.

Tip #469
Tens

Learn how to read music. Lots of charity shops sell second hand instruments, teach yourself how to play.

Tip #536
Tens

Write a list of your ambitions for this year, next year and for 10 years. Keep the list by your bed. Keep adding to it.

Tip #485
Teens

Build an assault course for your friends. Go to your local army open day.

Tip #489
Teens

With the help of an adult make your kitchen into a small pop-up restaurant for one night. Design a menu and decide on prices. Invite some guests.

Tip #512
Tens

Write sdrawkcab (backwards!). Invent a secret code. Become a spy. Who is 007?

Tip #510
Tens

Create a cartoon. Ask a local newspaper to publish it.

Tip #527
Tens

Ask the 5 most successful adults you know to give you a piece of advice. Write down their answers.

Tip #459
Tens

Use some recycled card and design some packs of postcards and sell them.

Tip #486
Tens

Find a large piece of board, google Jackson Pollock and see if you can paint a picture similar to his, see who likes it.

Tip #531
Teens

Use old wire to make a sculpture. Trying selling it on Etsy.

Tip #518
Toddlers

Wrap up a small prize with lots of layers of newspaper. Start a game of pass the parcel.

Tip #498
Toddlers

Make a mosaic: Collect hundreds of interesting stones or pebbles. Stick them, in the shape of a pattern, into a muddy or sandy patch of land.

Tip #470
Teens

Design an outfit or costume. Learn an accent. Give your character a name.

Tip #550
Tens

Design some certificates. Award them to your friends for all their achievements

Tip #507
Teens

Earn money by dog walking or brushing some friendly pets.

Tip #555
Toddlers

You can make hop-scotch squares anywhere! Invent your own version of the game.

Tip #480
Teens

Design your own flyers or business cards. Go into a local office and ask them to photocopy them for you. Use them.

Tip #467
Teens

Teach grown-ups how to use social media. Charge them for your help.

Tip #474
Tens

Make a musical instrument. Upload a photo or video of it being played.

Tip #556
Tens

Draw a self-portrait of how you would like to be as an adult.

Tip #517
Teens

Learn how to sew or knit, you tube have great lessons, charity shops are full of knitting needles, wool and cotton, you could knit an easy scarf or make a bedspread made from scraps of material.

Tip #551
Toddlers

Draw a picture of your favourite pet or animal. Share your masterpiece online with #heartfelttips

Tip #501
Tens

Write a letter. Make an envelope. Borrow a stamp. Send it.

Tip #526
Toddlers

Make your own playdough. Use glitter and food colouring to jazz it up a bit. Get out the rolling pin and cutters and see what you can make.

Tip #530
Toddlers

Use old tubes and bottles to make a telescope. Look up at the stars. Write a story about a life in space.

Tip #520
Toddlers

Find a little patch of earth. Plant seeds. Water them. Grow your own garden.

Tip #475
Tens

Write a journal. Stick things in it. Anything can be important.

Tip #524
Tens

Organise a bake off in your area to raise some money for a local charity, you will all enjoy sharing the cakes afterwards.

Tip #508
Toddlers

Cover your bedroom walls with fish made from painted paper plates. Make your room look like an aquarium.

Tip #466
Teens

Buy some sweets. See if you can sell them for more than you paid for them.

Tip #505
Tens

Find out about Australian Aboriginal art. Try and paint in a similar style. Write a poem about your painting.

Tip #468
Teens

Do you know someone who is moving house? Earn some money by helping them fill boxes.

Tip #473
Tens

Make some gift tags for birthdays and Christmas. Cut up some card into interesting shapes, draw a picture on it and attach some ribbon or string. You could try and sell them

Tip #559
Teens

Ask at a hardware shop for some screw eyes. Screw them into the bottom of corks to make key rings – that float!

Tip #482
Toddlers

Make boats from old tubs or fruit juice boxes. Use straws or lollipop sticks and paper to make sails. See if your boats float in the bath.

Tip #564
Tens

Pass the drawing - Use people or animals as a theme and firstly draw a head. Fold the paper over and pass it on. The next person will draw the torso ... the next will draw the legs, then the feet, etc. Unfold the paper at the end to see your crazy creation.

Tip #567
Tens

Organise a dance competition. Ask a local business to sponsor the prizes.

Tip #546
Tens

Do you know a pet who has no bed? Use an old box or suitcase to make it one.

Tip #481
Tens

Make a time capsule out of an old plastic bottle. Fill it up with objects from today. Bury it.

Tip #534
Toddlers

Draw or colour in a giant map. Mark the capital cities you would like to visit.

Tip #484
Teens

Ask a second hand shop for unwanted buttons. Use them to make jewellery.

Tip #503
Toddlers

Hard boil eggs. Decorate them. Have a colourful feast.

Tip #516
Teens

Cut out 52 small rectangular pieces of card. Design your own pack of playing cards.

Tip #499
Tens

Press some wildflowers between two heavy books and once they have dried, stick them to cards to give to friends.

Tip #562
Teens

Paint a picture. Sell it for 50p. Facebook, Tweet or Instagram about it.

Tip #548
Toddlers

Design your own flag. Make it. Fly it.

Tip #463
Tens

Learn to touch type, go online and follow a free programme, 5 minutes a day for a month and you will be touch typing!

Tip #494
Teens

Customise a piece of clothing, sequins, buttons or fabric paints can jazz up old clothes, and you can create something completely unique

Tip #569
Tens

Find out about Boudica, leader of the Celt Iceni tribe. Name your own tribe.

Tip #522
Tens

If you were head teacher for the day what new school rules would you make?

Tip #529
Tens

Find an old box. Cut out one side. Inside, design your future office.

Tip #547
Tens

Use an old coat hanger and make a mobile. Google the art work of Alexander Calder.

Tip #472
Teens

Do some research on inventors… who is your favourite? Try your own inventions, share on social media.

Tip #541
Teens

Read stories to people. Try acting the stories out. Put on a play. Sell tickets.

Tip #538
Tens

Draw a portrait of your favourite sports star. Email it to them.

Tip #488
Teens

Design a logo for your future business.

Tip #492
Teens

Find a piece of polystyrene. Use a table knife to carve into it and make a sculpture.

Tip #487
Tens

Organise a race with friends or family. Make some medals or ask your local shop to donate prizes.

Tip #461
Tens

Find a bright light. Make shadow puppets and invite your friends to a puppet show.

Tip #513
Toddlers

Use photos of your family or pictures from magazines. Glue each photo to a piece of cardboard. Cut each photo into 2 or 3 simple puzzle pieces and place in an envelope. Take turns selecting a photo puzzle and putting it together.

Tip #575
Toddlers

Use straws to blow watery paints around a piece of paper. How do the colours and shapes make you feel?

Tip #456
Toddlers

Paint the bubbly side of some bubble wrap. Print with it on paper.

Tip #493
Tens

Use a hammer to bang small nails into an old piece of board. Then wrap string round the nails to make geometric patterns.

Tip #478
Teens

Use old paper and string to make beautiful bunting. Organise a family party.

Tip #462
Tens

Cut out pictures and words from magazines. Make a poster for your room.

Tip #506
Teens

Go to an old people’s home and play board games with them, it may be fun and you may gain some helpful tips as well as entertaining the residents.

Tip #539
Toddlers

Get all your friends to make masks out of paper plates. Give your new characters names.

Tip #464
Toddlers

Decorate milk cartons to look like tall houses. Design and make a street, or a village, or a town or a CITY!

Tip #477
Teens

Make a bath bomb – use bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, flavourings, colours and glitter! Use as presents or to sell.

Tip #558
Tens

Using a piece of card board design a clock face. See if you can make your clock actually work.

Tip #495
Tens

Look up the word origami. Find some paper. Try it.

Tip #514
Teens

Write a story about your community. See if your local newspaper will publish it.

Tip #557
Toddlers

Play hairdressers - experiment with braids, curlers and hair gel, no scissors!

Tip #572
Teens

Using a mobile phone, direct and film a 2 minute movie. Share it with your friends.

Tip #540
Tens

Go to an art show or gallery. Choose and copy your favourite artist.

Tip #515
Tens

Create a family tree. Draw a big tree onto a large sheet of paper and go back as far as everyone can remember with all your relatives on separate branches

Tip #565
Tens

Invent a flying car. Draw it, then make a model of it.

Tip #511
Tens

Decorate tin cans or pots and use them as flower pots. See if you can sell them.

Tip #483
Teens

Learn a song, the internet is full of ideas for any instrument, percussion or voice. Perform to your favourite people, you may inspire yourself to write your own music.

Tip #542
Teens

Learn a new language, there are lots of free apps that allow you to just spend a few minutes a day learning a language.

Tip #537
Teens

Be a photographer for the day. If a friend or family member has a special occasion, borrow a camera and spend the day taking lovely photographs of the occasion, do a good job and they may ask you again.

Tip #504
Tens

Make a shoebox house for your teddy with a bit of cardboard and some paint.

Tip #563
Teens

Write the words to a song. Send them to your favourite singer.

Tip #533
Tens

Using sticks or corks and string or rubber bands build a small raft. Float it and see how many pebbles/stones it will hold.

Tip #528
Toddlers

Design some new stamps. Send them to the Royal Mail.

Tip #491
Teens

Find out about explorers like Shackleton, Columbus and Tim Peake. Make their incredible journeys into a board or computer game.

Tip #490
Tens

Wrap tin foil around stars cut out of card board. Stick them to your bed room ceiling. Write a story about a rocket trip into space.

Tip #460
Tens

Draw a pattern. Design your own wallpaper.

Tip #497
Tens

Google the founder of GoPro – Nick Woodman. He made his money from his hobby of surfing. What’s your hobby?

Tip #471
Teens

Plan an adventure, perhaps a cycle ride to raise some money for charity, get an adult to help you – be an inspiration.

Tip #532
Teens

Have a stand-up comedy hour - Take it in turns to tell your best jokes and make everyone laugh.

Tip #571
Tens

Get an adult to teach you how to fish. Catch and cook your supper.

Tip #545
Toddlers

Go and teach an adult how to play pooh sticks.

Tip #535
Toddlers

Find empty boxes, bottles and tubs. Turn them upside down to make a musical instrument. Teach yourself how to play the drums.

Tip #525
Teens

Smile and be happy! It shines and puts you on top of the crowd, people will remember who you are.

Tip #465
Toddlers

Play shopkeeper - use some pennies or tins from the cupboard or just empty jars.

Tip #570
Toddlers

Make a crown. Become a king or Queen for the day.

Tip #502
Tens

Ask and adult to cut two pieces of fabric for you, thread a needle and sew them together, you could make a cushion for your teddy

Tip #521
Toddlers

Paint with an old toothbrush, get imaginative and find other ways to paint.

Tip #574
Teens

Design some cool clothes. Make them. Put on a fashion show.

Tip #560
Teens

Go to an audition.

Tip #549
Toddlers

Throw a tea party or a teddy bears' picnic. Lay down a blanket and make some snacks.

Tip #568
Toddlers

Paint pebbles with letters and numbers. Use them to help you learn how to read or count. Or use them to teach someone else how to add, read or count.

Tip #476
Teens

Find an old car tyre and piece of rope and get an adult to help you make a swing.

Tip #500