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!

 

yeah the sun is shining at long last!

Well here we are a few days in to the school Easter holidays. What started as wet meant we have been having fun trying to chill with endless playing- car racetracks building, indoor sleepovers in a tent, marble runs, dvds, reading, the house being taken over by star troupers dress up yesterday on a mission to save the world from a superhero, colouring and junk modelling (more to come on that soon). What started as a wet cold not hopeful week keeping us in doors has now Finally changed for the better. What a difference it makes when the sun is shining! We have managed to get in to the garden today and enjoyed the blue sky playing tennis, badminton and football. We also managed to do some planting ready for the long awaited summer- My hopes of weeding pushed it a little bit to far, oh well- might as well play instead, ‘enjoy the small moments’!. Ever hopeful that the sun will remain shining – I have posted a few projects we have done in the past for the garden. In case you are looking for ideas over the break ( you know the drill – take a look in the project section, like, comment and share).

Enjoy!IMG_0353IMG_0355 emmasxxx

Well rainy day means one thing!

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Well a wet half- term has meant non-stop madness in our house and its only Tuesday… Finally I am sat down with a hot cup of coffee ready to send some ideas your way. Hopefully to offer you some inspiration if you need it this half-term. We have had lots of fun and I truly love spending time with my boys despite the mess and chaos. So far we have managed a great but cold day out to ‘willow farm’, (I highly recommend if anyone in your house likes peter rabbit – it inspired our paper plate idea), a bike ride, a scooter ride, lots of playing and Train track building. The best thing has been my alarm clock this morning which was two boys playing imaginary play which involved Captain underpants taking over our house at 7am!!

Plus you guessed it we have been making, painting and creating!! Picasso and Van Goff have been busy in our house. These are all simple and affordable ideas, created from what we could find in our house. All ideas will be shortly posted on my project page- please bear with me, they will get there. As you can see there are quite a few, it may take some time. If your on half term enjoy the week!

emmas xxx

IMG_0184.JPG Musical Shakers.       IMG_0107.JPG           

                                                                                                                       Junk model marble run.

                                                                                                                             Lollipop bookmarks.IMG_0186.JPG

IMG_0219.JPGMixed collage canvas with melted crayons.

 

 

 

                                                                              Pizza base pictures with bottle top creatures.IMG_0222

Some free- style painting.

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