The summer hols are on there way!

With the holidays fast looming, you might be looking for inspiration-

Indoor/ outdoor Activities, Arts and crafts, science ideas, days outs, cooking etc. Please explore my site for inspirations on simple and affordable ideas.

Also definitely worth a mention hobby craft are running there summer holiday activities again for free, follow the link for last years review.

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

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

Plus another free activity that might be worth considering is Pets at home free workshops, great for killing an hour for free for anyone who loves animals.

 

Love emmas xxx

 

Finally some new activities ideas on the way.

Hope life is treating you all well on this lovely summer day. Summer hols are looming and the last few weeks of term are dragging – both the boys are so ready for a summer of fun! So in preparation I have finally have some new activities to add to the project section for anyone looking for some simple and affordable ideas.

 Over the last few weeks we have been busy with building a school for our playmobil out of a recycle shoe box.Playmobil shoebox school.

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Shrinking crisp packets (I did this as a kid and thought we’d give it a go- the boys thought it was cool!).Shrinkable crisp packets.

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Plus a little bit of science creating Rain in a cup – A great 10 minute science experiment explain ‘why does it rains?’Rain clouds.

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Please follow the links and take a look or just head straight over to the project section for holiday inspiration. Don’t forget to like, share and comment on the website.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Natural History museum at tring.

Another simple and affordable family day out idea which we have visited recently.

The Natural History Museum at Tring was once the private museum of Lionel Walter, 2nd Baron Rothschild; today it is under the control of the Natural History Museum, London. It houses one of the finest collections of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles and insects in the United Kingdom, Stretched over several floors. Not as big as the museum in London however there are still plenty of different animals to see without having to take a visit to the city of London. It offers a few hours of entertainments for kids and the bonus is it is free to visit the museum which is located on Akeman Street, in Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 6AP. The museum has a free car park, a café and gift shop. If you wish you can combine it with a walk, coffee or lunch in tring or a visit to the local reserve.

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I personally don’t think tring is as good as the museum in London but it offers similar experience on a smaller scale without the hassle of going into London. I would say allow 1 to 2 hours depending on your own children attention span for the museum. They do provide free activity sheets and hold events though out the year – take a look at their website for more info. However the boys did really enjoy it for a few hours.

I personally would suggest going later in the day. The museum can get really busy first thing, especially on a rainy day making it hard to move around the museum and see anything. If possible leave buggies in the car as there is not much space to move around the museum at the best of times, due to tight space around displays.

Opening times: Mon- sat :10.00-17.00. Sunday :14.00 – 17.00

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Shrinkables.

A while back we were gifted a pack of Shrinkables pirate set from a friend, We finally got around to doing them the other day.

I thought they were worth mentioning on here as I think they are worth a share. This review is just my own personal opinion as others might be interested to know about them and want to consider doing them with their children.

If your child enjoys colouring, it’s a slightly different Art activity that keeps them amused for a while and may be worth a try. It is really a very simple activity, with very little mess creating different results to just colouring!IMG_20190308_115717

If you fancy reading further check out the link Shrinkables.

or find it in the project section.

Enjoy 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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Summer holiday savers on the way!

In our house there is already a very big wave of excitement all around in the air with the summer holidays looming. It might seem weeks away, However the long holidays will be here before we know it. Every year we dream and have this beautiful idea of long relaxing days chilling in the garden whilst the children play, splashing in the paddling pool and basically having endless fun and laughter whilst they keep themselves busy. BIG REALITY CHECK

– we live in England and who knows what the weather will do!

If its anything like last year – there

will be days stuck in doors.

   So for  those days you are stuck for ideas, trapped at home, the kids are driving you nuts and need some simple and affordable inspiration I am creating a ‘Simple summer holiday ideas’ section under my projects page. I aim to add to it over the next few weeks so please do keep checking back for updated ideas (or If you’re not already become a follower).

 As a family for the past few years we have made a big wall ‘Summer holiday list/plan/diary’. It started simply because I have a son who needs to know what the plan is and what is happening when! I have come to realise over the years this actually keeps him personally a lot calmer, relaxed and less demanding as he really does not cope with unplanned events or surprises. We all come up with ideas and wishes of what we want to do and if they are possible to we put them on our list, which later gets added/ turned into a diary of events at the beginning of each week. We all understand this is flexible and adapts due to weather changes, unexpected visits/ events and playdates, costs etc.

We try to fill our summers with Free or certainly as cheap as possible activities:

  • places to visit – day trips (Tesco vouchers have been ordered and have got us though the holidays many a time in the past).
  • Themed days (so far this year we have a space day and a boat day planned) – Everything on the day will be based around the theme – Arts and crafts activities, playing, meals, dvds, stories etc.
  • Nearby Free museums / events.
  • Nearby free events/ activities.
  • Activities we want to do at home i.e. Arts and crafts ideas (ordering in anything in we might need in advance – this then gets put in our rainy day box), bike rides, scooters, games in the garden we want to play etc.

We have the whole summer to fill as we have a ‘stay station’ planned, We do plan to be busy however we try hard not to over plan and know we don’t always get to complete everything. It’s there to keep us all sane if we need it. Planning in advance, does let me look for vouchers, Free events and assures we do not miss something the boys really want to do. It also gives me a chance to order particularly things in for activities i.e baking stuff, arts and crafts items – spreading the cost out.

Along side having a ‘full up’ rainy day box we create an activity Jar for those moment – where you just have no idea, five minutes to kill at home, or the kids are killing each other or and bored.

Take a look at An activity Jar for the school Holidays. via the link or go to the project section ‘simple summer holidays section’. For more information and how to make. It’s a very simple and effective idea that cost next to nothing to make. Great for rescuing arguments!

Despite all of my planning I strongly

‘do also believe in letting children get bored sometimes, So they can create their own play’

– this can be pretty amazing to watch at times and they learn to be creative, invented, individual thinkers!

emmas xxx

p.s  Keep watching for those Holiday ideas and hopeully I have inspired you to get planning if you have not already!