Keeping Busy In The Holidays

With a lot less meetings and activities to go to now the summer holidays are upon us I’ve been looking for things to do, free whenever possible. We normally try to avoid going anywhere in the school holidays whenever we can but we can’t hide away for the whole 6 weeks.

Here’s some of the activities I’ve found for the summer:

Apple Summer Camp – Apple Summer Camp is a place where kids aged 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies by storyboarding ideas, shooting video and creating an original soundtrack. Or they can create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Various locations. FREE

Pets at Home stores are running a series of workshops this summer, each focusing on a different animal. Might be of interest to animal lovers. Click on your local shop and then click workshops. FREE

Halfords Bike Workshops – On a regular basis they host a kids’ bike workshop, teaching 7 to 11 year olds basic bike maintenance. FREE

Attend A Free West End Show – During Kids Week, a child aged 16 or under can experience the magic of London theatre and see a fantastic selection of shows for free, plus two additional children can go at half price (per transaction), as long as they are accompanied by a full paying adult. Plus, there are no booking or postage fees to pay!

Robin Hood Festival 3rd to the 9th August – There are daily activities of archery, medieval music and jousting. There will be strolling players, costumed characters and medieval stalls. Falconry displays on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. FREE to get in but £5 parking per car

Tesco Let’s Cook – children learn how to cook great healthy recipes. May well be totally booked up by now but worth checking. FREE

I am also bookmarking a load of online activities to keep them busy:

Camp Google – is a free camp for kids, full of fun science activities

Tesco Eat Happy Project – has a wide range of (mainly) food based activities including video’s games, puzzles, recipes and more

Minecraft – what else is there to say about that?

Then of course there are the outdoor things that are free to do:

Geocaching – This is something we have just started, we found our first one today. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Or simply visit a local park, feed the ducks or go for a picnic 😉

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End Of Term – Time For A Decision

We are only just over a week from the end of term and our younger child (7) has decided that she also wants to be home educated. We knew that this would probably happen but we think she is asking for the wrong reasons.

She is very sociable and loves having all her ‘friends’ around her every day. She also likes school! It doesn’t help that her best friend came out of school to be home educated in May, a few days before her sister came out. She also thinks she is missing out on trips out even though she has been on a couple with us (inset days).

I need to think about what will be best for her. It’s also off-putting as when the children are together all they seem to do is argue and that isn’t the best environment to work in.

Camping Out

I have come to the conclusion that I must either be a glutton for punishment or that I am totally mad. I am sat here at 12.45am listening to three 10 year olds and a 7 year old giggling in a tent in the garden. You would think I would have more sense than to double the number of children I’m looking after.

Add to that 2 dogs, one of which was badly injured 4 weeks ago, and the result is mayhem. The injured dog doesn’t think there is anything wrong with her, she did have surgery again 2 days ago, but just wants to play with all these children.

It was organised as a bit of a treat for our 10 year old as she isn’t in school with her friends any more and we want to make sure she doesn’t lose contact with them. Hopefully they might sleep a bit later then normal in the morning as they are up so late.

Well I’m going to bed in a minute, my husband has just got up to take over the ‘night shift’ for the dog. 4 full weeks now of not getting any proper sleep. I am just waiting for the day when all her stitches are out and she has healed.

Success and More Surgery

Our dog went in for more surgery today. Unfortunately the skin didn’t take and has died. The vet pulled more skin over and she now has a Y shaped incision on her side. Fingers crossed that it works this time.

A bit of good news though, our 7 year old, who is still in school at the moment, has finally mastered her times tables. Last week she could only do the ‘easy’ ones, 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. After 4 days she has tonight filled in a blank 12 time table grid in 16 minutes. And, they were all correct. 🙂