This is a lovely guest post from Maggy Woodley the most wonderful 'crafty' lady !
Well.. the Easter Holidays are upon us – personally, I am looking forward to NO SCHOOL runs, leisurely mornings and general level of relaxedness. But with that, comes the price of “child boredom ness” and a child that is bored, can clearly drive you up the wall. Before, I delve into some crafty distraction, I just wanted to say, that a little boredom is GOOD. Boredom allows your child to get creative and have their own ideas. A box is far more likely to be turned into a boat or a den, pretend picnics invented for cuddly toys.
But needless to say you need a balance – some down time for the kids to do nothing, let their minds relax and after all that is why holidays were invented (I think).
So. My approach to the day is – half a day’s activities, half a day’s “free play” (i.e. the kids need to work out for themselves what to do and it does not involve TV or technical gadgets). Our activities tend to comprise visiting friends, going to the park of going into to town to a museum or gallery (no time for those during term time). But of course, we also love to get CRAFTY!! YAY.
Here are some of our favourite ideas:
Grass Heads – we LOVE LOV LOVE making grass heads – you pretty much only need a handful of grass seeds (we scrounged some off our neighbours) and bits and pieces from around the home. Then watch the hair grow, trim, style and keep “alive”. A great learning about basic plants and caring for them.
Handprint Alphabet – though the holidays is for down time, reminding them of their Alphabet does no harm. Why not write the kids names in Animal Alphabet handprints. Makes for a great keepsake too.
The ABC of Bakingwith Kids – we put together a list of 26 Baking Ideas for you to check out and be inspired by. I am sure you are bound to find something you all fancy making. My kids could bake every day! But don’t stop at baking.. get them in the kitchen do a little Cooking with Kids too.
Stick & Stones Crafts – why not go to the park – have a good day out in the fresh air. Then find some sticks and stones.. and come back and be inspired by these Stick Crafts or Stone Crafts.
Hope that these are enough and varied to keep you going through the holidays – remember a balance of downtime and activity is key to getting the most out of your break. And it is reasonable to say to your kids they should entertain themselves for a bit if you have had a “quality activity” session with them already!
Maggy Woodley is a mum of two – Red Ted aged 5yrs and Pip Squeak aged 3yrs and blogs over at Red Ted Art where they regularly get crafty! She also writes at Life at The Zoo and about Theatre,Books and Movies for those interested! You can find her on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!