If you’re reading this with a wee one fussing at your side that he or she wants to sit in your lap and watch Curious George, we’re in the same fishing gaal, my friend. Christmas break means many wonderful things, including/but kids are home from (pre)school. So here are some Dakarific ideas for the next couple of weeks.

Fingerpainting
Only one art supply needed for this one: water. Let them dunk their hands in water and then ‘paint’ on the tile floors. The dust that has collected in the past three hours will make a lovely paint-mud at their fingertips.

Origami ornaments
Get on Pinterest and read on origami ornaments, then decide that sounds too complicated. So just make ornaments from CityDia scratch-off cards or Orange phone cards.

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Have See a cookie.
The Radisson Blu has an amazing, huge (real) gingerbread house. Thde kids will enjoy seeing it and it’s a good mood lifter if you’re feeling a little ba-humbuggy about a brown Christmas.

Put ’em to work.
Speaking of brown Christmas: feather duster + Christmas gifts.

Paint stuff.
All kinds of stuff. Self included.

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Get Zippy with it.
Zippyland is half-price from 9am to 1pm, so 1500cfa/hr for each child. Playground, trampoline, ball pit, climbing toys, bouncy castle thingy… Also a pretty decent café au lait and crepe au sucre and free wifi.

Make wassail
This one is a pretty kid-friendly recipe for Christmas Wassail. I mean all they have to do is pour lots of juice into a big pot. How could that possibly go wrong?😉 I realized today that you can save the juice boxes and pour the finished wassail back into them, leaving an inch at the top, and freeze until you’re ready to use them.

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Call Christiana.
Best babysitter ever. She speaks English/French and kids love her from the first minute. 5000cfa for an afternoon or evening. 77 590 3267

Squirt!
Give them a squirt bottle filled with water and point them to the bathroom. Wetting everything down should fill a good half hour, and with this weather it’ll dry in the next half hour anyway.

And of course… there’s always a horse cart ride!