Keeping the children happily occupied in school holidays doesn't have to mean expensive outings or treats. Getting to stay in pyjamas all day is a favourite with my kids! Today, we kept the younger ones occupied with a threading activity using beads made from old magazines (helps make us feel less guilty about our piles of magazines - once we have torn out our favourite ideas and great recipes, the kids benefit too!) Simply cut or tear a strip of an old magazine page or a bit of junk mail, and roll around a pencil. Use sticky tape to hold the bead's shape. Bigger kids can make these themselves, and it doesn't take long to roll up a whole bowl full. The big hole means that even little ones can get some string or a pipecleaner through and make a great necklace, bracelet or just a hanging beady thing-a-majig!