I’m really looking forward to this summer. Dexter doesn’t often get to play with other children, but when he does, he loves it and he’s so cute to watch. His cousins are all school aged so he doesn’t see them very often, so this summer, I’ve decided to have them all round for some summer fun. The girls would’ve been put in summer school for 4 weeks and Caleb’s mum has a 2 week course so I figured rather than their mums paying out for child care, I would take them for random days and we could do lots of fun things that they wouldn’t normally do and also, it means Dexter gets to play with other children for a change, which always encourages him and brings on his various skills.
Our local country park, Ferry Meadows, are running some brilliant, free activities so I’ve booked us in for some of those such as wild life crafts, pond dipping, scarecrow building etc but I’ve also put together some of my own ideas of things we can do.
I’ve created a calendar of the 6 weeks holidays and so far have added on the pre-booked activities. Then I will add other things that we will do on particular days, for example, one night I’d like to do some star gazing and have a camp out in the back garden. So I’ve borrowed a tent and bought some marshmallows to toast.
Then, on the days where we have nothing particular planned, the kids can take it in turns to pick an activity from the fun jar.
I’ve written down lots of various activities we can do on to lolly sticks and put them in a jar for them to chose from. Some of the ideas we have in there are draw a self portrait, plant a seed in a cd case, make a bird feeder, play pooh sticks, pavement water painting and loads of various other things.
I’ve bought them a note pad each and a new pencil so that they can write down what they’ve done and the best parts of their day, then they can draw pictures, stick things in and they can show their mums. We’ll be playing some classic games outside like ‘down on one knee’, ‘hide and seek’ etc.
I’ve bought a huge jar of bubble mix, some stuff to make finger puppets, a magnifying bug jar and I already have a tonne of crafty stuff in the cupboard.
I know I’m going to be tired, playing with 4 kids all day and then working in the evening too, and who knows when I’ll have time for housework, but honestly, I cant wait. This is going to be an awesome summer and I really hope the kids will enjoy themselves. Who needs expensive holidays abroad when we’ve got all this?
What are you most looking forward to about this summer with your little ones? I’d love to hear! xx