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Summer Holidays – Week 1

July 25, 2014

Well, today is friday and so marks the end of the first week of the summer holidays with Dexters cousins. We’ve had a great time so far. (You can read our summer plans here)

On monday we went pond dipping. We took it in turns to dip the net in and then all sat around the tray to see what we’d found. Its amazing how many different species you can find in one small area of water.
There were lots of ‘wow’s and ‘look at this’s to be heard. All three of them enjoyed looking at the spotter sheets to work out what the creatures were by looking at the shapes of the bodies and counting legs, tails and antenna.summerhols2

Wednesday we were back at ferry meadows to make a butterfly feeder. A very simple craft but again they enjoyed it and were able to be a bit creative. 

We stuck a bottle cap in the middle of a paper plate and decorated a flower design on to it.summerhols3
Then we cut out the flower shape, attached a stick on to the back and then when we got home, we soaked a cotton wall ball in a solution of sugar water and put that in the middle of the bottle cap.  The girls were excited to take theirs home to show their mums.

That  afternoon, Demi took her turn to pick out a lollypop stick and chose ‘make and fly a kite’  We got some brown paper and the girls coloured different designs all over it with crayons, then a bit of folding, attaching a stick and string and we had ourselves a kite. It flew really well at first but I think we need some stronger paper because as soon as the wind had creased it, it was hard to keep it from crumpling up on itself.

Thursday was just Dexter and Tiffany so firstly we went to the mobile library. I’m lucky enough to have it park right on my door step every week. Tiffany then picked out a lollypop stick activity. Todays was pavement chalking. We had great fun making a colourful mess on the pavement out side my house and dexter came in with rainbow coloured dust all over him.
After lunch, my Mum and Olivia came round and we played with the loom bands. This was my first proper play with them and wanted to jump straight in to the complicated designs.. I think I need some more bands!

And that brings us to today.  We went for a walk around Ferry Meadows again to do a trail that they have set up. You walk around the lake looking for the clues, fill in your answers and then hand them in to get a prize. We also met up with Mum, Gary, Olivia and Ethan, fed the ducks and had lunch and then took a ride on the little train. Dexter REALLY loved the train ride and waved at everyone as we went past.


 So thats the first week done. We’ve had a great week and done lots of things that we wouldn’t normally get to do. The kids have enjoyed themselves no end and we’ve all slept really well too. Also, I’ve hardly spent any money at all! All of the activities at ferry meadows were free apart from the trail which was only 50p to cover the cost of the prizes. The kids have all brought their own packed lunches with them and things like the paper for the kite, the chalks etc, I already had. I know they’ve enjoyed themselves because they sulk when it comes to home time and want to come back to me on other days to do other things. Just goes to show, kids don’t need you to spend money, just time.

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  • Reply Claire July 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    It sounds, and looks, like you have had an amazing first week. It’s lovely to see the photos of all the children with smiles on their faces. I can’t wait to read what you get up to next.

    Also, wish more people would think of things like this to do with children. It’s not all about throwing money at them. X

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 25, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Indeed! I’m so lucky to be able to work evenings so that I get to spend this time with Dexter. They’re only young once and I’ve always been determined that I would be the one to raise my children rather than nurseries, childminders etc. Everybody has their own situations and what works for them but I wouldn’t miss out on this time for the world!

  • Reply Claire July 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    They are learning more with you than being stuck inside watching the tv. And being creative. X

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 25, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      I hope thats true. I must admit there are a few programs I’ve enjoyed on cbeebies lately. ‘I can cook’, ‘Mr Bloom’ and ‘Minibeast adventures with Jess’ but all of them have given me ideas that I can do with the kids, So even if we are sat indoors watching TV, I like to think I’m picking good programs!

  • Reply Hannah - Budding Smiles July 26, 2014 at 12:04 am

    What a great week! I love the lollypop stick idea and I used to go on the little train at Ferry Meadows, can’t wait to take Toby on when he’s a bit older! Enjoy the rest of the holidays xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 1, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Hannah, how old is Toby? Dexter loved it, he was waving to everybody!

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