Chicken pox is no fun for anyone involved. Both my kids have had it and it was horrid for them when they had it, horrid for them when they had to sty inside when the other one went down with it (stuck inside for another week) and it’s fair to say that I didn’t enjoy it much either, I spent one of my birthdays in the middle of my kids chicken pox outbreaks and the only time I’d been out of the house for two weeks was tag teaming with my husband so I could nip out and buy a pint of milk. Sometimes your kids will feel really poorly with chicken pox and all they’ll want to do is rest but there’s often a period too when they are well enough to do ‘something’ but they’re not well enough to go out and about again so with that in mind today I’m sharing some activities for during chicken pox.
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!