St George’s Parade :Oscar has been attending Beavers for over a year now and absolutely loves it. He attended the St Georges Parade today and although he was the only beaver (at first) that attended he wasn’t nervous and loved every minute. Such a proud parent moment! Oscar had the privilege of holding the flag! Oscar and his friend. What funny boys they are😜
Like any parent with a little crazy and yet a very busy family life, we love to have some peace and quiet and just leave the kids to play on their own, but there are also hours in the day when we get a chance to play alongside our kids…I typically love a walk in the woods or a play at the park but one on one games/challenges are just as fun.
As I spend a lot of time at home (SAHM) I need me time but I also find games I can play with the kids. If there are any you play then keep me posted!
I have put together a list of games me and the kids play…
- Uno- Our top game at the moment. This is a real ‘family’ game and even my little 4 year old is a pro. The kids both get to learn turn taking and understand rules of the game, but it can get quite competitive too!!
- Play dough masterpiece competition- fun ways to get involved with an easy competition and create a model from scratch. Really fun and really funny creations can be made.
- Kims game- this was a game I learnt while I was working with children. It’s a great game to develop memory skills. Check out How to play… and have a great game with the kids. See how good your memory is!
- Hangman- another fab family game. Hubby and I started playing again while the kids would be playing at the local soft play. Now our son has shown a huge interest too. It really encourages him to better his spelling, help to learn decoding words and just have fun. He loves playing.
- Duvet den- a fab and fun way to enjoy the indoors while the weather is a little crappy should I say😉!! Role play area or a mini sensory space. Even a little library/music area. Anyway to keep the kids amused lol
- Wii bowling match- yet another great game for the family (if you have the wii) my youngest is a little too young and doesn’t quite understand what she needs to do but she loves watching. Oscar (my eldest) can get very competitive but so can I. I am the family champion to be honest!!
- Flying a kite- we don’t often get a chance to fly a kite but it’s such a fun thing to do on a windy day. Kits are not too expensive and any age can give it a go.
- Kick about (football)- my eldest would happily go out for a kick about at anytime. He loves football and loves playing with his dad or with friends at the park. Me…I won’t have a full on game but a kick back and forth to each other does me fine.
- Storytelling with role play- I love reading to the kids and my littlest loves it the most. She also loves to dress up and join in while I read…setting up a picnic (tiger comes for tea) etc!
- Baking cakes and cookies- of course another favourite in our family is baking together. We love it. They both love to help with adding Ingrediants, mixing and of course licking the bowl and spoons.
Please let me know what games you like to play with your kids. Any ideas?!
Thanks for reading xox 😘
We had a fantastic weekend filled with fun and laughs with friends…
Friday we had a great morning with friends enjoying a yummy breakfast, then the afternoon we had a very busy play date.
Saturday we had a lazy day…then in the afternoon we had a play at a friends place who we hadn’t seen in so long. It was a great play date and we enjoyed yummy treats.
Sunday was a day of catching up with very old friends.
These lovely ladies I met when we had our first babies (7 years ago) and they are such lovely people. The kids played like they had played all day everyday. Was so lovely to see 😀
This pic was the three boys 6years ago. My daughter and Fay’s other boy only came a couple years later 😉
So we all had such a wonderful weekend 😊 feel so lucky to have such lovely friends.
Sooooo my boy is completely and utterly obsessed with football…he plays it in the park, in the garden, on the iPad and collect these bloody match attack cards to swap doubles with his mates.
He plays Saturday football but we don’t often go in the winter…I know I feel like a bad mum but I am not standing out in the cold and for him to then catch a cold in the middle of the week and be off school. I would also have u daughter with me and would only get bored and start moaning.
As the weather starts to brighten up then we will be heading back to play.
So now back to my crazy boy and his football obsession.
After school the sun was shining and the first thing out of O mouth is “can we play football at the park or in the garden?”
We set off home, O had a change and off we went outside…O had his new football boots on and football gloves…he was ready to go.
We had a great little kick about and made sure C joined in too.
O turns into Mr Referee and bosses us all about. ” you need to do this” and ” you need to kick the ball like this”
Although it was chilly, we had a good play and I knew they would be satisfied and happy to then be in doors and chill out.
They got every toy possible out the boxes but if they’re happy then that’s all that matters.
It’s half term holidays and there is only one important trip at the top of our list… A day in London.
When I first moved to London nearly 19 years ago, we did the whole ‘touristy’ thing! Museums, palaces, parks etc but hubby not so much. Yes he is from London himself but it’s sad when you think there are so many people in this wonderful country who have never ventured out of the UK (no passports) and have also never seen what London or England have to offer.
So we always try to make sure we visit new places or at least pop into London (only 20 mins on the train) and enjoy the surroundings 🙂
We planned to visit the Imperial War Museum.
We left the house, successful walk to the station and the kids were great on the train enjoying snacks and playing eye spy of course…what do you play when you’re traveling?
I’m not a huge fan when it comes to children and the underground, my brain is on overdrive:
•keep the kids close
Drives me crazy!
But we arrived at the Imperial War Museum safely 🙂
The kids were so happy and excited…but when we walked into the door, bored faces appeared and “is there a soft play here” squeaked out my daughters mouth lol Oh great this is gonna be fun lol!
It actually was, they loved it and really enjoyed looking at all was to offer. Although very hungry, I made sure my bag was filled up with snacks just so they could cope better with the long walk around the museum.
OJ loved the war cars and aeroplanes hanging from above and I don’t think CJ had any favourite part, she still would have just preferred the soft play lol!
Myself and hubby on the other hand found the Holocaust Room simply mind blowing….next time we plan to visit ‘ChildFree’ just so we can take it in more and actually read more of what happened!
We ended the day with a yummy lunch at Planet Hollywood. The food was great, service was brilliant and the kids loved it-what else matters 🙂
Here are our fab fotos of our family day out 🙂 xox
Well it’s been a great few days of holiday fun already.
•Monday we had a lovely lazy day at home…kids played and we also enjoyed watching ‘Oz and the great powerful!’ The film was so good, they didn’t move through the whole 1&half hours of it.
We also popped to the pet shop to have a browse at the rabbits, rats, mice and fish….shame we couldn’t take one of the fury buggers home 😉 they were oh so cute!
We also popped to the pound shop. The kids love to be able to choose a toy and mummy doesn’t have to worry about the price lol
•Tuesday we had a great morning at Kidspace adventures in Croydon with friends then lunch at Mac D’s.
Afternoon was spent in the park as the weather was oh so lush. OJ played football with people he had introduced himself too and CJ made friends with little girls who had babies and dolls…I enjoyed a good catchup with a friend.
•Wednesday….a family day spent up in London. Coming soon on a separate post 🙂
So for now we have enjoyed our holidays with friends and family and hope to feel refreshed and ready for school on Monday 🙂
Wow, can’t believe it’s February half term already. Still only seems like christmas was just yesterday!
The question on every mum and dad’s mind is, what the hell do I do with the kids?! My kids can drive me up the wall if stuck indoors for to long. Its like I keep them caged and they never see the light…
Why is it that when you make plans for the afternoon the kids play so beautifully together, no fighting, no moaning in the mornings and then trying to get them out the house is a mission, but if we decided to have a lazy day and go no where, that they then decide to misbehave, argue with each other or better yet moan they are bored. Drives me up the wall.
Then the weather doesn’t help when it still feels so frosty and cold, we struggle to come up with exciting ideas to keep the kids entertained. Do we venture outdoors? Farm’s and zoo’s are always a great idea and the kids love it, so here are a few places my way that we love to visit.
- Brockets Farm, Leatherhead Surrey
- Godstone Farm, Godstone Surrey
- Dean City Farm, Morden South London
- London Zoo, Regents Park London
We also love to visit London town and it only seems to be half term holidays that we take a trip on the trains, underground and buses. So here are our TOP 5 things to do/places to go this February half term 2015
- Imagine Children’s Festival – South Bank Centre – This event is running now up until 22nd February. There are so many things to do and keep busy including theatre shows, dance, music and readings from top author’s.
- Kidspace – Croydon – We are lucky to have an annual membership for this fab indoor play area. Can’t say no to £15 a month membership for family of 4. Visit kidspaceadventures.com and see what they have to offer.
- Natural History Museum – South Kensington – This has got to be the best place to take the kids and always so much to do there for any age. We love it and can’t wait to visit again soon.
- Peppa pig: Golden Boots – Odeon – If the kids love this popular show then it’s out now for all to see. Book tickets soon and enjoy.
- Sea Life Centre – Waterloo and Brighton – Yet again a favourite place for us to visit. The kids love the interactive areas and the sharks. Half term can be very busy, so try visit as soon as they open.
I hope you all have a fantastic half term and that the rain stays away so that we can enjoy the outdoors, if not, then its muddy puddle jumping we go!
Let me know all the fun places you might be visiting over the next week, would be good to get some ideas.