With the summer holidays now upon us I thought it would be a good idea to share some ideas of things to do with your preschooler for free. If you have a preschooler you’ll know how the holidays suddenly mean that your go to places are either closed (parent and child groups, children’s centre) or absolutely rammed full of ‘big kids’ (oh my days have you been to soft play in the holidays? It’s carnage!) Having two kids myself – one preschooler and one school age I’m sure that most of these activities are suitable for older kids too and there’s enough suggestions that you should be able to find a few ideas no matter what the age of your kids or what they are into.
Taking the kids shopping doesn’t always rate that highly on most parents list of fun things to do. Most of us have been there at some point, whether it’s a meltdown in a shop or being cajoled somehow into spending more money than we planned. From a kids point of view I can see how a shopping trip might be less than awesome too, in fairness the thought of watching my husband clothes shopping bores me but at 37 I can’t really get away with lying down on the floor and moaning about it. That’s not to say I haven’t been tempted though. With six weeks of school holiday ahead of us though it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll make it through the holidays without having to take the kids shopping so today I’m sharing my tips for shopping with kids so that instead of it being a chore it might even be – gasp – fun! And none of you will want to have that little lie down.
I don’t know quite what it is about emojis but my kids love them – and in fairness I’m probably one of those people who really overuses them too! Emoji activities for kids are great because it’s an excuse for them to be creative while also making something that they really like – it’s so much easier to get the kids to make or do something when it’s something they’re actually interested in!
Over the years we’ve shared a lot of sensory play ideas for kids and there’s one thing that’s always super popular with my kids – playdough. Our calming lavender playdough is one of the most popular posts we’ve ever shared (and my kids loved it) so today I thought I’d share this zesty lemon playdough recipe, perfect for the summer or whenever you need a bit of a citrus-y pickup!
I think I might love Moana as much as my kids do? I’ve definitely been guilty of putting You’re Welcome on while I do the ironing of a morning! If your kids love Moana then you’ll love these fun Moana crafts and activities for kids – we’ve got everything from bingo to flower crowns and necklaces – perfect if you need some activities for a Moana party or just if you want to keep your kids busy at home!