We are delighted to introduce a guest post today from Rachel Dove who blogs over at Frustrated Yukky Mummy Blog. Over to you Rachel!
Something for all weathers!
I don’t know about you, but with the half term holidays pending and the big summer hols firmly on the horizon, the fact that the weather has, so far, been a bit of a damp squib is a slight concern.
Having already bought a paddling pool, I had visions of having meals in the garden, planting pots, using sand and water trays, and having days and days of riding bikes and trikes in the sunshine, but now I have faced with the worry of entertaining the children indoors!
Soft play centres and days out are lovely, but what parent can afford to do this every day to keep their little ones entertained?
I love crafting and having boys means they often like the ‘gross’ stuff too! I found these fabulous experiment kits and I can’t wait to buy these to try them out!
Some other great ideas for the great indoors:
Making dens – sheets, tables, chairs, cushions – ignore the mess and make a fort!
Making your own playdough – simple, inexpensive and can be stored and used again
Jigsaw puzzles – great for hand – eye co-ordination and working together
Reading time – libraries double as a day out too, and they are free!
Make your own raincatchers – this is great fun, and teaches children about the weather too!
Using old wooden spoons, decorate them to make a face, googly eyes, hair, whatever you fancy! Then cut the top from a soft drink bottle and mark some measurements on the spoon, centimetres are better. Then pop them outside and wait for the rain!
Obviously, we all want a nice bit of sunshine, but if not, then it pays to be prepared at home, and wrapping up warm in coats and wellies for a trip to the park or to feed the ducks is not a bad day out either….
Rachel Dove is a mother, author, and student childcare tutor. She is also a contributor for http://athome.readinghorizons.com/community/blog/ and values all things childhood.
Her debut novel is out now on Amazon. Follow her blog http://frustratedyukkymummy.blog.co.uk/