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Space theme day.

    Here’s the second run down one of our ‘themed days’ – Space. Based around my eldest sons favourite theme, we had great fun all day. For those not aware or who are visiting my site for the first time – My boys love our theme days, begging me to do them every holiday. It is a fun way to filled a ‘holiday day’ cheaply and means you can relieve childhood boredom of staying at home if needed.

  For our  Space day we started by creating space alien pencil pots created out of a recycled baked bean tin and an old sun reflector which was heading to the bin – I will be  posting ‘how to’ to my project section.IMG_0903

   We followed this with some not so space theme ‘train’ picture watercolour painting (sons choice – another like) – I printed two free train colouring pages of the web which the boys then painted with watercolours. The pictures looking very effective and colourful.

We followed this with a lunch based on our themed – Space rocket sandwiches made by the boys with cheese for the windows and space raider crisps.

 After lunch we created our own spotted space pictures out of stickers.

We then watched a space themed Dvd.

Finishing  our day with pizza planets and ice lolly rockets for dinner. Plus of course reading ‘Space theme books’  and some stargazing before we went to bed.

emmas xxx

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Boat theme day.

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    So slightly later than planned here’s the First run down one of our ‘themed days’ – Boats. Based around my youngest sons favourite book and a popular book in our house we had great fun all day. My boys love our theme days, begging me to do them every holiday. It is a fun way to filled a ‘holiday day’ cheaply and means you can relieve boredom of staying at home if needed.

For our day we started by creating Paper plate Sea Scenes. Which has already been posted to my project section.

We followed this with a watercolour painting – I printed two free sailing boats colouring pages of the web which the boys then painted with watercolours. The pictures looking very effective and colourful.

We followed this with a lunch based on our themed – boat sandwiches made by the boys with grapes for the sea, plum whale and a banana base .

 After lunch we created our own ‘toy boat’ out of bits and pieces (and floated it later in our night-time bath).

We then vacated into the garden for ‘creative play’ to take a swim in the sea (our pool).

We then did some iceberg evacuation looking and finding sea creatures and items (mostly playMobil seaside items and toy sea creatures).

Finishing  our day with fish, chips and ice cream oysters for dinner and a bath filled with boats. Plus of course reading ‘Toy boat’ before we went to bed.

emmas xxx

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Hobby craft free mini maker sessions and the British motor museum.

 

So sorry I have been of the radar for a few weeks now with the usual tasks presented at the end of a school term and the starts of the holidays taking over. I don’t know if it’s just me this seems to be more of a challenge now the boys are older. I am finally relaxing into the summer holidays and finally feeling the enjoyment of no school runs and the heavily dictated school schedules.

We have started a relaxed and flexible plan of attack for the summer holidays in place! So far:

 We have done a fun week-end with Cousins.

A Hobby craft ‘slime making’ session which the boys loved. From a mums point of view it was great – 1 hrs entertainment where everything was provided free of charge, led by a staff member and tidied up for us. For anyone local to a hobby craft shop I recommend these sessions for anyone who kids like Arts and crafts. As this summer they are running Mini maker sessions several times a week these are free – you just need to book via their website. We have booked into one session/ activity every week thought out the summer. A great excuse to get out, it doesn’t cost anything (especially if we resist the urge to spend in the shop – is that possible?) and someone else gets to clean up the mess for a change. Next week we are booked into  the Decoparge animals.

Also for anyone who might be interested ‘pets at home’ does something similar, which we have done in the past – The boys have always enjoyed them. However we haven’t booked into any this summer as we did the Easter one. If your a local reader I found the one in Abingdon worked well at bribing a shopping trip to Tesco / B and M before hand.

We have also been to the British motor museum on Tesco vouchers (so another free activity normally £39 for a family of four). It was not really my personal cup of tea or a full day out – however the boys enjoyed it, daddy included! There were plenty of Minis and land rovers. A picnic area outside for a picnic lunch. Are eldest enjoyed reading and discussing all the science behind ‘how a car works’ with me  (I think I waffled sufficiently my way though this one despite sounding like I knew what I was talking about!), whilst daddy enjoyed admiring all the cars. Whereas the youngest did his own thing enjoying driving like a racing driver (A mad one at that) in one of their mini ‘minis’ around the museum. We took part in the family trail and made 3D land rovers in the craft zone. It was a nice cool relaxed day out away from the heat.

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We have also dipped into and out of our first planned theme day, designed by the boys – more spread out to normal as I have two tired boys exhausted and effected by the heat. At present they are crashed watching a DVD. Then we have a dip in the sea planned (our pool in the garden) after when the temperature has dropped slightly. We have planned activities (chosen by the boys) based ‘around the sea’ and on one of our favourite books ‘Toy boat’. I will keep you in suspense I will post a separate blog and project area in relation to this as we finish it. So keep an eye out for it in a few days time. We then have a space theme day planned later in the week.

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emmas xxx

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Simple and affordable summer holiday ideas.

 

For those planning ideas for the up and coming Summer holiday, here are some simple and affordable ideas you can put on your list (most can be found in my project section):

Outdoor creative play idea:

  1. Make your own Bubble mixture and blow bubbles. Easy Bubble mix.

2. Create your own Fairy Garden or Magical kingdom at the bottom of the garden or Make your own recycled fairy. Make your own magical Garden.

3. Build a den in the garden out of old sheets/ material or cardboard boxes.

4. Make some decorations to add to your garden Easy Fabric garden decorations.

5. Go for a walk/ bike/ scooter ride.

6. Play a game (tennis, football, hide and seek or pretend you are on an adventure i.e. go on a bear hunt).

7. Water play ( dunk in a padding pool, create boats to race(see projects), water fight etc).

8. Sand play.

9. Chalk drawings.

10. Create a Mud kitchen.

11. Create a bug hotel or bird house/ nest.

12. Have a teddy bear picnic.

 

Simple and affordable Summer rainy day ideas:

  1. Create something arty/ crafty (see projects).
  2. Do some cooking How to make your own Simple cupcakes..
  3. Explore science (see projects).
  4. Watch a DVD with popcorn.
  5. Make a summer activity jar An activity Jar for the school Holidays. .
  6. Play some games.
  7. Create a story.
  8. Have a themed day (see rainy day page / projects).
  9. Build a Den.
  10. Have a teddy bear picnic indoors.
  11. Read a book (create your own summer holiday reading challenge or join in the library  challenge).
  12. Create your own mini world to play with (out of Lego, playmobil, dinosaurs, cars, dolls, junk modelling etc).
  13. Playdough (Make your own), modelling clay or Sand clay.
  14. Draw, colour and/or paint a picture.
  15. Do some activity/colouring books.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Exciting, scary and Busy times.

Exciting, scary and Busy times.

For the last few months apart from creating this website and being a mum, I have slowly been setting up my own business (emmas creative love) selling simple and affordable Arts and Craft. As we head into the summer I am heading out into the local community and I maybe at an event near you. Please come over and say Hi and take a look! As I start this exciting but slightly scary venture I will be selling at local Fetes, festivals and crafts events. In time aiming to create a shop online hopefully within the next year if all goes to plan.

My main focus/ selling point is on ‘ Rainy day plans’ A rainy day plan box which includes 10 activities and extra activity idea materials and instructions in a reusable box (perfect to keep aside for the summer/ school holidays rainy days). At £15.00 the activities work out at less than £2.00 each and if put aside for the summer school holiday provides 1-2 activity each week throughout. Alongside this I have created sibling bags (£10.00) with 8 activities as two in the box can be shared as a family to buy individually or can be joined up with a box to keep cost down if you have more than one child or do not want several boxes to sit on a shelf.

I have also been busy creating other additional activity packs for children to create their own arts and crafts (£1.50- £10). The packs are designed to cover a wide age group, ability, Girl or boy and budget. They can be bought for yourself or I have also created some to be given as gifts (for a unique friends birthday/ Christmas gift/ end of term presents) alongside other handmade items to keep or give as a gift (£1 -£10 each).

emmas xxx

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