Busy About Town

In my house, I FREQUENTLY call myself the pack horse, or the mule. Dumb enough to carry everything around for everyone. I am always handed things to hold, carry, keep store.  I am a moving dustbin and the carrier of everything. Something needed to be done…. I finally got round to getting *myself* a nice backpack for basically EVERYTHING (this is after my previous one, pre children, was stolen by my husband – arrrgh). Luckily the lovely people at Pink Lining to mercy on me and sent me one of their GORGEOUS Pink Lining Bags. Woohoo. I am so excited and so lucky!

When the bag arrived, it looked deceptively small. I was just a wee bit concerned… five days of Summer Holidays later, and I am more than pleased.. sturdy, pretty, spacious and so full of uses:11836796_10153507497166085_2990615146781193419_n

Day one – a tennis racket carrier (also contains, water, snacks, tennis balls and waterproofs).11816318_10153507496951085_8997657371522610975_o

Day Two: a Swim Bag Carrier – enough for two children to go swimming – contains, swim towels, hats, goggles, water, snacks, purse and a book for me to read11850752_10153507496566085_942712703885186962_o

Day Three – heading into town – yep, it don’t look big, but it has PLENTY of room for packed lunch for three (neatly packed of course).11039875_10153507496226085_4029754405699016221_o

Day Four: ah some me time.. whilst the kids complete their Art in Park session, I go for a little wander, enjoy the flowers and collect some pine cones for future crafting…11701117_10153507495961085_836606114677494976_nDay Five – a quick nip to the local supermarket for some, ahem, puddings.

Job done. Ruchsack is comfy to wear, looks oh soooo lovely AND is simply too practical. I am a pack horse, but a pretty one!

 

Summer Activities: Water Balloon Pinata

So finally, the hot hot hot weather has arrived here in the UK and the kids finally get to enjoy some Summer fun. Summer for me is all about the great outdoors and playing with water to cool down. As we live in an Urban environment, we only have a small garden and need to “make do”. There are lots of fun Summer activities you can do, even in a small garden or out on the pavement.. and one such activity for Summer is the Water Balloon Pinata game. My kids have been waiting to play this game for MONTHS now.

Summer fun - water balloon pinata game

It is  simple game – you need water balloons, water, some string and a stick… and I am sure you can imagine the rest-  but do watch the video below to see see the squeals of delight and laughter as they play their game! Awwwww.

My daughter first saw this Summer game in this book:

outdoor activities for kids

 

A great resource for every family and I challenge you not find an activity you will like!

Watch the sheer laughter of delight!

 

Rainy Day Family Fun Guide

Sooo… are you stuck in doors? Is it cold and wet outside? Or are you having a “Snow Day”.. or maybe it is just too HOT to go outside.. or you have a little one that has chicken pox and you are quarantined.. are the kids driving you stir crazy and you ALL need something to do? Don’t have time to go to shops for “special” ingredients???? Well.. here is a fab Family Fun guide (free too), that should keep you all busy and make you all a little happier!

stuck indoors activities

Now.. the SINGLE BEST THING about this Family Fun guide, is that you will be able to do and make MANY of the things in this guide, without setting a foot outdoors. There is nothing more frustrating or disappointing, than browsing Pinterest, finding lots of GREAT ideas, but not having all the supplies to hand that you NEED to do them.

This guide is designed to make the most of common every day household items and ingredients. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will have EVERYTHING IN, but the chances are pretty high and that is what it is all about!

There are lots of child friendly recipes to pick from – from super simple cupcakes (see below) to tasty pancakes, as well as some great crafty ideas, based around your RECYCLING BIN.. from Egg Carton Crocs to Sock Puppets and Lava Lamps (where crafts meets science). Explore the wonders of Baking Soda and build your own rocket or have fun building dens. These are all wonderful “childhood classics”, that EVERYONE NEEDS to do at least once in their life – wonderfully illustrated with easy step by step instructions.

rainy day activities

What a fantastic (free!) resource!

We had a go at their easy peasy cupcakes! Oh and easy peasy they were.. love how easy it is indeed to remember the ingredients – and they are things that we ALWAYS have in!

Check this out (full instructions here):easy cupcake recipe

Easy peasy lemon squeasy! The kids loved it!

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Holiday Essentials

We LOVE arts and crafts, as you may well know (check out “other us” over on Red Ted Art). My kids are always making and crafting. But… though we love crafts, I am also a busy mum. Which means, I can’t get the paints out every five seconds or sit down and help the kids knitting. Our default in those moments is to draw and colour. Luckily for me, both my kids love to draw and colouring pages. It is something they can do four aaaages. When on holiday, we make sure we always have a set of pens and a small notebook each with us, which is great for those in between times when travelling.

Yep… I knew you thought, this was going to be a post about sunscreen and Summer hats. Yes, they are important, as are snacks and that favourite cuddly toy.. but what helps us on our holiday trips, is indeed this little bit of creative entertainment. I ADORE the drawings they create whilst they are away.

So we were really pleased to receive this set of pens from the Faber-Castell Playing and Learning range:

DSC_1935My favouritea re in fact the pens – not so easy to see from the packet – but you can connect all the lids (we actually have another set of 50 of these!!). So on our next trip (this coming half term in fact), we will be taking these connecting pens and crayons with us. The connecting bit means, that we can keep them together relatively easily AND the kids have something additional to play with. The pen will com in super handy too – as we continue work on my sons pencil grip!

Fab.

Anyway.. that is MY top holiday tip: some felt tip pens and a notebook. Never go without!

 

Maths Help for Parents

I don’t know about you, but I always thought I would be one of those parents that helps their kids with their work – not too much of course, as they do need to learn themselves, but enough to support what they are doing at school, also at home. I was full of good intentions.

And then reality hit me – the reality of kids being in school from 9am until 3:30am. Meaning that realistically “nothing” extra can happen between 8:30am and 4pm. And in the time before and after that, you kind of want to just enjoy your children and also, well, LET THEM be children, right? After all, they need to play and have fun too, right?

So, I came across this fab little video from Ali at Kids Chaos. And it is right up my street – playful maths at home –  little things we can do in every day scenarios, making things like maths “real”. Genius.

 

I look forward to seeing more!