Junk model treehouse

IMG_20190304_085034IMG_20190304_085045Hi hope this finds you all well !

So spring showed its face early last week and teased us… !then disappeared leaving us all feeling cold again.

However we have kept ourselves busy with our latest junk model project which was inspired – by ‘The Tree house’ book series. So at long last I have a new project to add to the ‘project section’  The boys wanted to design and make a treehouse they could play with, for there playmobil characters. We got creative thinking and made out of two old milk bottle (4 pints), scraped card/paper, string, a box (for the base), an old kitchen roll centre and two yoghurt pots.

It didn’t cost much, creating a different toy to play with.

Though a slight challenge at times but problems were overcome by creative thinking and team work! Slightly impressed that we actually were able to turned milk bottles into a treehouse that in my personal opinion looks worthy of playing with.  If you fancy more check out the link below or go via the project section.

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Enjoy emmas xxx

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Fun with Ice.

Hi hope you all had a good week-end in the snow. Recently I saw this idea on a face book page and thought it looked pretty cool, so we decided to give it a go during the snow, doing our own version. It was a very  straight forward idea and easy to do, however our ice sculptures didn’t quite turn out as cool as the ones we saw on-line!

Take a look  at my project section or follow the link below if your interested to read more or want to give it a go.

Fun with Ice.

IMG_1169Enjoy emmas xxx

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Rushmere country park.

      If you are anything like us, you may be looking for something free to do at the weekends or you may have already started planning for Half term activities (I’m personally not that organised yet- but i know some people are already thinking about it) whilst the weather is still on the better side I think most of us want to get outdoors. Before we all get trapped indoors with the freezing and wet weather. Apart from the change in temperature I really love this time of year. Autumn brings with it amazing colours, crisp air and if we are lucky beautiful blue skies. One of my favourite things is taking a walk with my family, watching my boys exploring, burning of some energy and enjoying the outdoors with big smiles on their faces.

One place I thought people might be interested to hear about/visit that we have been to recently is Rushmore Country Park

( Heron View Visitor Centre, Linslade Road, Heath & Reach, Bedfordshire LU7 0EB)

   I highly recommend it to any local mums looking to get their children outdoors, costing next to nothing (£3). It’s approx 1 hr from South Oxfordshire (Between Milton Keynes and Leighton Buzzard). It is a lovely woodland for children to explore with hidden fairy doors, a HUGE (FAST) slide, wooden sculptures and a giant chair. The boys loved scooting/walking though the forest exploring what surprise was around each corner. There are various walks to follow, we personally did not feel these were clear to follow, signage was poor! However that aside we took a short half an hour walk/scoot around a circuit which took us past some big sculptures and fairy doors.

    Near the car park there is a visitor centre and cafe (we did not visit these as we arrived after they were shut so cannot comment on them but apparently there is breath taking views from the cafe), some toilets and a small play area where you will find one slightly hidden at first big (fast slide) for the over 5’s. Alongside the fairy doors this was the high light for the boys.

It Is all FREE to walk around and the car park is £3 to park all-day. Do take the correct change, as they only accept cash and you pay on the way out at the unmanned exit barrier. Making this a very reasonable, relaxing day out for all.

Please double-check the latest information for opening times, prices and facilities before leaving home at their website.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Summer catch up

Hi Hope you are all enjoying your summer! I can not believe we are now over the half way mark. I do not want it to end and am trying hard not to allow myself to start to feel the returning to school blues. Trying to ensure we continue to enjoy the freedom the holidays bring with the relaxed timetable: relaxed mornings and late nights. Apart from living with the chaos that comes with a bathroom renovation and having children home for the holidays. We have mainly kept ourselves busy with playing, lots of play dates, birthday parties and garden time. We have not done many Art and craft activities as the boys have found plenty of creative play ideas themselves.

    However I am able to add two projects to the project section that we have done; take a look at Super soft play dough recipe. and Shaving foam painting.

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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!

 

Camp fires and sock puppets.

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After a lot of begging over the last few months from our boys it led us to this week-end activity. Weather no longer an excuse : we created our own simple and very affordable fire pit in our garden. We built it out of some old bricks, used some old branches, sticks and wood found in our garden and had great fun cooking our dinner on it. We have also created our own sock puppets. A simple fun project using some old socks, which would have been heading to the bin. We created a cute penguin and a bunny (though he looks more like a dog, but don’t tell my son that!). I feel we will be creating a theatre for them soon for the performances planned, watch this space.

You will find both in my project section, if your interested in giving them ago! Have a great week.

Please feel free to leave comment, like, share and follow.

Love emmas xxx

Nature adventures, creative play outdoors – Salcey forest.

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Hello, Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather! I’ve been quiet cause we certainly have. Slightly different blog as we haven’t been that created indoors for a while. Along side being creative in all we do, we love nothing more than having adventures outdoors and enjoying all it has to offer! So that is exactly how we have been spending the last few week-ends doing. A spontaneous visit to the beach led to rock pool exploring, digging and Frisbee flying. Whilst our youngest is determined to be stabilizer free by the end of the year – so theirs also been plenty of bike riding to.

This bank holiday week-end we visited Salcey forest (if your local or in the area I highly recommend it and its free!) We had such a fab time and felt it was worthy of a review that might interest others (this is a personal review based on our own experience on the day we visited and has no link to Salcey Forest).

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The facts for those who want to visit:

Free to enter (making it an almost free family day out).

Parking: £1.50 for 1 Hour or £4 for All-day (we did this you would struggle on just 1 hour).

There is a forest café (We did not visit so cannot comment).

A Toilet block near the car park – Here you will find a map of the walks.

A play area – Is great despite being small, however definitely aimed at the more able or older children, pre-schoolers may struggle. (our 5-year-old and  7-year-old coped well with it but both are very able and experienced with parks). Under 5 will definitely need a hand/ supervision. It’s not a park where you can sit easily on a bench (though there are plenty about) and watch from a far. 

   Salcey forest is 7 miles from the centre of Northampton (Hartwell road, Hartwell) and it is owed/run by the forestry commission, England. It was a perfect family day out especially as free apart from the parking, the boys had lots of great kid adventures, climbing trees, balancing on logs, getting muddy and skimming rocks. The forest is excellent for all ages, abilities and walking with or without bikes, scooters and dogs. There are several different types of walks (All well signed posted) to choose from on a map all starting near the car park. We chose the ‘Treetop walk’ which included the ‘Tree top way’ it took us approx 1 hour – we did a lot of stopping and exploring along the wayIMG_0569.JPG.

   The walkway is accessible for wheelchairs and buggies with a slight gradient. For those who may need it there are resting points along the way. Dogs are allowed on the walkway but need to remain on leads. The walk consists of a specific walking track – ‘Tree top way’ which rises to 15 metres above the woodland floor with a crow’s nest platform at 20 metres (The crow nest part is reached by steps). At the top you are greeted with a bird’s eye view across Salcey forest. The walkway does wobble and bounce but it has been designed to do this, due to the way it was built. So if you’re in the area and haven’t been worth a walk!

emmas xxx