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.
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:
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!
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.
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!
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.
My 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!
Anyway.. that is MY top holiday tip: some felt tip pens and a notebook. Never go without!
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.
An array of shocking statistics regarding the true cost of parenthood has highlighted the constant expense of household repairs endured by parents and caused by their children. On top of the numerous other expenses known to diminish the family finances, from school uniforms to birthday parties, an average total of over £2,000 is spent on repairing damages.
This sum is reached by the time children have hit the age of only 10 – meaning there is plenty of time for children to hit their parents with further bills!
The results of the study, published in the Daily Mail, have revealed the financial implications of destructive play time are so severe that almost 30% of the mothers and fathers questioned admitted to putting money aside for unexpected repairs as a precaution.
A quarter claimed to avoid spending money on easily breakable home ware and 50% even considered home repair costs as one of the ‘main drains’ on their funds.
Children: Hazardous to the home?
Perhaps most shocking is the finding that two in three boys are deemed ‘hazardous to the home’ by their own parents, with sons between the ages of four and ten thought most likely to cause destruction.
Children are often rated higher than extreme weather, substandard DIY projects and even pets as the ‘root cause’ of destruction – both intentional and accidental – within the home. 22% of parents have resorted to never leaving their children alone in a room, in a desperate attempt to prevent chaos.
The most commonly reported damages included drawing on walls, permanent carpet stains, broken plates and damaged furniture while 15% of parents claim to have suffered a blocked toilet or broken window because of the actions of their kids.
Setting things on fire came in at a worrying number 19 on the list of top offenders and gluing things to the furniture and walls was also in the top 20 – meaning that your little terrors could be far more terrifying then you actually imagined.
Protecting your home from damage
The statistics speak for themselves and with the heavy-handedness of teenagers ready to take over once the days of clumsy play-dates come to a close; it is well worth looking into More Than home insurance accidental damage cover for a little peace of mind. They now offer protection with free £200 Home Emergency Assistance when you use their authorised repair network – a great way to put that potential £2,000 worth of home damage caused by kids in its place!