Angelina Jolie sent her eldest sons for fish pedicures.

The actress - who raises six children with partner Brad Pitt - says 10-year-old Maddox and seven-year-old Pax were "hysterical" with laughter when they had the treatment, which sees small fish eat away dead skin from the soles of the feet.

Describing a typical day on their recent trip to Malta, she said: "I hung out with the kids. Usually we have swim class in the morning for the twins, then art class. The boys got this crazy fish pedicure. There are fish here that eat the dead skin off your feet and I thought it would be fun to send the boys. They were in hysterics, they said it was ticklish.

"The rest of us hung out at the house. We have a nice house, and swim and paint and play with the turtle. There's a turtle."

Though she and Brad are regularly pictured on outings with their children - Maddox, Pax, Zahara, six, Shiloh, five, and three-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - Angelina admitted she sometimes sends them out in the care of other people so they can have "authentic" experiences.

She told Vanity Fair magazine: The kids have been learning about the history of Malta and going to the catacombs.

"I wanted them to have the full experience of traditional tourism, so I let them go without me."