⚠ Corrections ⚠

  • The magic ice cream recipe in the Red One envelope contains an error: it should say 1.5 cups of milk, not 1/2 cup. Apologies!


  • This bag was born because of Covid-19; it’s been a tough time for everyone, children included, and we wanted to offer something to bring more fun in and make sure everyone has a great summer. 
  • All these activities require some supervision – you know your child and what they can do. 
  • Inside there are 6 envelopes of activities, and some special materials for them that are harder to find – save these til you get to the right activity. 
  • You don’t have to open the envelopes in order, or do all the activities – it’s your summer, if you don’t like something then move on. We’ve done our best to pick suggestions that will have something in them to interest all age groups, but there is a lot of difference between Nursery to Year 6, so spend as long (or as little) on them as your child wants to. 
  • You will need to have some basic supplies in, e.g. pens for colouring, baking ingredients – there’s a list of these week by week (see below, right at the bottom) so you can be prepared if that’s how you roll. 
  • Have a great time and let us know how you get on. :0)


This Summer Bag is a first for St Matthew’s PTA, and we would really appreciate your feedback – emails to pta@stmatthews.cambs.sch.uk. Please let us know what your child thinks of it, what they liked and if anything didn’t hit the spot. 


Share any photos of activities with the St Matthew’s PTA (no faces please :0) at pta@stmatthews.cambs.sch.uk and we will put them up on Facebook and Instagram. We can’t wait to see them!

Special Diets

If you need to be careful about what you eat, please take a look at the equipment/planning list below and take out/replace anything you need to avoid.

Everything in the Summer Bag suggested activities is vegetarian, but not all is vegan – where dairy products are suggested, it should be possible in most cases to use a dairy-free alternative. The exceptions are butter-making, which really needs to be done with cream, and magic ice-cream – it’s possible that this could be done with a mixture of coconut milk or cream and/or mashed banana, but we can’t guarantee it will work as we’ve not done it.

None of the activities use nuts, although they are occasionally suggested as an option to decorate.

TePe Plaq-SearchTM disclosing tablets contain Hydrated Dextrates, Magnesium Stearate, Sodium Starch Glycolate, Aroma, CI 42090, CI 45410.

Honour roll

A big thank you to all our contributors, we owe you one!

Equipment/Planning List

Red One

  • Colour pens or paints
  • Glue
  • Craft foam (black, white, pink) – optional
  • Eggshells or fromage frais/yogurt pot (washed out and dried)
  • 1.5 cups of full fat milk NOTE: The printed recipe incorrectly states 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • Soft fruit e.g. strawberries
  • Lots of ice cubes – 2 or 3 trays worth
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 large ziplock plastic bag
  • 2 medium ziplock plastic bags
  • Winter gloves and a towel
  • Optional – book a timed ticket to visit the Cambridge Museum of Technology but please note that there is a free entry voucher for two children accompanied by a paying adult in the envelope… No harm done if you don’t go this week, but just in case you prefer to plan ahead.

Orange Two

  • A clean jam jar 
  • Brushes and light-coloured paint e.g. poster paint
  • Brown or green paper or card
  • Glue
  • You can add in stickers you have, e.g. stars, moons, planets, leaves
  • Compost
  • A bowl or bucket it’s ok to have non-food in
  • Paper
  • Colour pencils or pens
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 4 oz self-raising flour
  • 1 oz cocoa powder 
  • 1 oz custard powder
  • 4 oz margarine, butter, baking margarine or non-dairy spread
  • A cup or bowl it’s ok to put soap in
  • 1/2 cup Bubble bath mixture (roughly)
  • 1-2 tbsp Cornflour
  • Food colouring – as many colours as you like; if buying specially we recommend pink, blue and/or yellow, as these mix well and are also used in Yellow Three.
  • A muffin tin or as many small pots as you have colours
  • Spoons and sticks/chopsticks to stir with
  • Paintbrushes (optional) 
  • Jam jar or similar container
  • Bubble wand (No wand? No problem! Try making your own.  Can you use a straw? A pastry cutter? A plastic funnel? A pipe cleaner? What else do you have that might work?)
  • 50 mls Washing up liquid
  • Optional – book a timed ticket to visit the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences; entry is free. No harm done if you don’t go this week, but just in case you prefer to plan ahead.

Yellow Three

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sieve/colander
  • Salt
  • 1 cup Turmeric
  • Saucepan
  • Avocado skins and their pits
  • White vinegar
  • Rubber bands or string (optional)
  • Items to dye – you can dye your Summer Bag of Fun, but you might also want to find other small pieces of white cotton clothing you already have (you’ll need to wash them before dyeing). Warning: if you are using mixed fibres, the dye will not take as strongly.
  • 250g Digestive biscuits 
  • 100g Melted butter
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 600g soft cheese
  • 100g Icing sugar 
  • 284ml Double cream
  • Pink, blue & yellow food colouring
  • Toppings of your choice–strawberries, sprinkles, marshmallows etc.
  • Baking paper
  • Optional – book a timed ticket to visit the Museum of Cambridge; entry is free for children. No harm done if you don’t go this week, but just in case you prefer to plan ahead.

Green Four

  • A fine, sunny day – this takes a lot longer on an overcast one
  • Objects which are flat(ish) and has an interesting shape. Suggestions include:
    • Things from nature like leaves, flowers, grasses, shells or pinecones
    • Small toy figures (laid on their side), sequins or fridge magnet letters
    • Anything mostly see-through e.g. Bubblewrap, a pair of glasses, a transparent ruler
    • Things with holes in e.g. slotted spoon, lace, painting stencils
  • A roasting tray, lasagna dish or clean bathroom sink
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 75g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150ml milk
  • Colour pencils or pens 
  • Paint e.g. poster paint
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Optional – book a timed ticket to visit the Fitzwilliam Museum, entry is free. No harm done if you don’t go this week, but just in case you prefer to plan ahead.

Blue Five

  • 500 g yogurt
  • Handful of granola
  • Handful of blueberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Silicon mould tray – ice cube tray, ice lolly tray, small cupcake tray
  • Lolly sticks (not coloured, for actual lollies)
  • 1 tomato
  • 80 g salt
  • 40 g baking powder
  • Plastic cups
  • Clingfilm
  • Dry leaves, sticks or straw
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Hollowed out sticks and twigs
  • A container – such as a plastic bottle, carton, drain-pipe or flower pot
  • Scissors and secateurs
  • String
  • Supplies with interesting shapes – they could be blocks or Lego, junk from the recycling bin, cut-out pieces of paper, wire, household objects, toys, or action figures or even your own hands and feet!
  • A light source – the sun is a good choice if it’s shining, or a torch or lamp
  • A wall, the ground, or a special sheet hung up/stretched out as a backdrop
  • Optional – book a timed ticket to visit the The University Museum of Zoology, entry is free. No harm done if you don’t go this week, but just in case you prefer to plan ahead.

Purple Six

  • Access to a camera, cameraphone or sheet of cardboard with a square cut in it
  • Large, clean, dry jam jar or Kilner jar, with a tight-fitting lid – a large mayonnaise or pickle jar is ideal
  • Whipping cream (approx 300 ml)
  • Clingfilm or greaseproof paper
  • A small bowl or storage container
  • Optional – chopped fresh herbs, salt, black pepper or honey and cinnamon 
  • Something to eat butter on – could be bread, oatcakes, crumpets, your choice.
  • Colour pencils
  • Optional – a hole punch
  • Baking tray
  • Foil
  • Glasses, cups (white will be better than coloured) or ramekins
  • Chopsticks or spoons to stir
  • White paper
  • Red cabbage, shredded
  • Lemon juice and/or vinegar
  • Baking powder and/or bicarbonate of soda
  • Handsoap – liquid or bar soap, and/or washing powder
  • Optional – use whatever you have around the house:
  • A straw
  • Turmeric
  • a coffee filter
  • Red grape juice
  • Baking powder 
  • Bicarbonate of soda 
  • Lemon juice 
  • Vinegar 
  • Lime juice 
  • Salt or sea water
  • Rain water
  • Tap water from Cambridge and/or from somewhere else 
  • Bottled spring water
  • Ironing water
  • Mineral/fizzy water
  • Sugar
  • Water left over from cooking pasta or boiling potatoes or other vegetables 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Alka seltzer 
  • Milk
  • Lemonade or Sprite
  • Hand sanitiser 
  • Washing up liquid 
  • Laundry liquid