One of my earliest memories is of playing with my Granddad. Already well into his 70s when I was born, he wasn’t a real natural with children. But he loved being around his grandchildren and sometimes (usually with a little awkwardness), he tried to entertain us.
One day, when I was very small, he sat me on his knee, and began to sing the nursery rhyme ‘Two little dickie birds’. He’d stuck a small piece of paper to each forefinger, and as he sang ‘Fly away Peter, fly away Paul’, he lifted his fingers over his shoulders, then returned them with the paper mysteriously missing. As he sang ‘Come back’ to the birds, they ‘reappeared’ on his fingers.
I was dumbfounded! My Granddad was so magical he could make paper birds disappear and reappear on his fingers! It was many years later I realised he must have simply swapped fingers!
Kids have a natural curiosity about the world around us. Who hasn’t waited while their small child watches a ladybird climbing a grass stalk or a bee gathering nectar? So it’s easy to develop that interest into a real love of nature by helping them to explore even further.
One of the best ways to do this is by organising a wildlife hunt. You could focus on birds, plants and flowers, or trees. But one of the easiest and most satisfying (especially for smaller children), is to look for mini-beasts. Mini-beasts are easy to find and mostly harmless, which makes them great for even very small children to enjoy.
The sun is out, the sky is blue, and the summer half-term holidays are upon us! Hopefully the sun will really be shining, and you’ll be able to get the kids out and about, rather than being stuck in the house all day.
But even if you pack the perfect picnic, a day at the park or the beach can soon turn into an exercise in endurance if you don’t plan it well. Kids get bored very easily, don’t they?
However, giving your kids a fabulous day out is simply a matter of a little planning. All you need are a few essential items of play equipment, and a large bag (preferably with pockets!), and you’re good to go.
So here are 10 essential games items which all stash easily into a bag.
Did you know that May is National Walking Month? With the weather improving, and the days getting longer and warmer, now is the perfect time to get out and about with your kids. And it’s hard to beat walking for an activity that has great health benefits and is free as well.
Daily exercise is important for kids (and grown-ups too!), and walking can help develop a healthy heart, strong bones and muscles, and provide a dose of vitamin D from being outside. And getting kids into good habits when they’re young can help prevent them developing health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure later in life.
But it’s not always easy to convince them about the importance of walking, is it? If you’ve ever dragged a whiny child (or several!) on a walk, you’ll know it can be more about endurance than enjoyment. But here are 10 easy ways to make walking more fun.
With schools closing for Easter, you may be wondering how to keep your youngsters occupied so you don’t end up tearing your hair out each day. Finding activities to keep them happy and engaged without spending a fortune can sometimes be a challenge, but here are some suggestions for Easter activities that won’t break the bank.
Decorating eggs can be done in several ways, depending on whether or not you want to eat your finished creations! Firstly, you will need to cook your eggs by boiling them for 10 minutes. If you plan to eat them, plunge them into cold water immediately after cooking to avoid getting the green ring around the yolk that can be a bit off-putting.
Spoonful has got some fantastic ideas for decorating eggs, and these could be a springboard to let your child’s imagination run wild. Traditionally, decorated eggs are often marbled, and again, there are different ways to achieve a wonderful finish. Made from Pinterest gives a step-by-step guide to marbling eggs using shaving foam, or for edible marbling, take a look at Narcissism is Necessary.