During the summer I’m generally in favour of opening the doors to the garden and letting my kids run riot, to me having fun is the most important thing a kid can do! However, the sensible mummy side to me does like to sneak a bit of learning in when I can, I’m not a fan of worksheets (though I do love the more educational comics) so it has to be something that the kids will find fun too! Playing with sand is one of my kids favourite things to do during warm weather so with that in mind I thought I’d share some educational sand play ideas, There’s some great ideas you can do indoors too so even if the weather isn’t that great you can still have fun!
This weekend we had a brilliant day out at a beach hut on Mersea Island. It was so chilled out, nothing to do but chill in a deck chair while the kids played with buckets and spades and hunted for crabs. During the week we’d been sent a copy of ‘The Beach Book’ to review, a lovely book that’s full of ideas for things that you can do at the beach without needing any special materials or spending any cash. We love sea crafts for kids and as we had all day to laze around I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to try out some fun beach activities for kids from the book!
If you’re anything like me you’ll be looking forward to the summer holidays with a sense of excitement and mild fear. Hurray you get to spend more time with your kids but, uh-oh! How on earth are you going to cope all summer now the Big Kids are everywhere and oh my days how are you going to afford it too?! I love looking through summer bucket lists and bored jar lists for ideas on what to do with my kids, but as they’re often aimed at older kids they’re not always that great for me, I can’t tell my preschooler to go read a book or write messages in invisible ink! With that in mind I thought I’d share some ideas for a summer bucket list for preschoolers, this isn’t possibly the one my kids would write (that’d include EuroDisney, Alton Towers and Legoland) but it does have loads of achievable but fun things to do with your kids. I’m sure there’s lots of them that you could do with older kids too and do feel free to leave your own ideas at the end – us parents have got to help each other!
Do your kids come home from the beach carrying loads of seashells? I know mine do and to be honest I’m often known to pop a couple in my pocket myself, I normally have no idea what to do with them but I can’t resist pretty things! I had an idea earlier this week about using them to make some kind of seashell decorations and as chance would have it we made these one day and decided to decorate my son’s room in a seaside theme the next day. Room decorations at the ready – boom!
Making puffy paint has been on my to do list for a while and when we finally got to try it out the other day I thought I’d try and give it a little twist: making scented puffy paint! We made these sweet puffy paint flowers and they smell like flowers too, how cool is that! Even better is that pretty much everything you’ll need to make these is probably in your cupboards already.