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42 Fun Family Things to Do This Spring.


42 Fun Family Things to Do This Spring

Spring is almost here, that sun keeps peeking out behind the clouds and the flowers are starting to bloom.

Warmer weather means it’s time to throw the kids outside and get some fresh air and vitamin D.

There are lots of fun things you can all do this spring that won’t cost the earth. We have a few ideas to start you off.

In The Garden

Go on a bug hunt.
Make a den.
Camp out in your garden.
Make a fairy garden.
Make a bug hotel.
Get them weeding!
Plant a mini vegetable or herb garden.
Plant a flower garden or sunflowers and have a sunflower competition.
Make a welly boot planer. Perfect way to reuse those old welly boots. Fill with compost and plant seeds or bedding plants.
Build a mud kitchen out of recycled wood.  
Paving slab chalk art. Get artist on the pavement with chalk and it will wash away when it rains. Or paint chalk board paint on one your fences and let create on there.
Bird watching.
Obstacle course. Create your obstacle course and have a race.
Make a weather station.
Blow bubbles.
 
Further Afield 

Go to the park.
Go on a bike or scooter ride.
Go on a nature trail.
Visit your local forest and do the Stick Man trail.
Feed the ducks.
Fly a kite.
Go fishing.
Go to the beach and collect shells and stones for your fairy garden.
Play football or tennis.
Have a picnic.
Go to a car boot sale. Sell your old stuff and make money for days out.
Take a walk to the library and then sit outside and read.
Visit your local garden centre for inspiration.

Rainy Day Activities

Play Animal pairs.
Make cress heads.
Get baking.
Get Crafty.
Listen to an audiobook together. You can get a free months trail at Audible.
Make up a story together.
Have a big spring clean.
Go puddle jumping.
Go swimming.
Learn a new skill via YouTube. Try yoga, a new language or even how to crochet.
Make a spring wreath.
Face painting.
Have a dance party.
Make salt dough.

For more spring ideas visit our Pinterest board

Follow Wendy’s board Spring on Pinterest.

10 Mother’s Day Colouring Sheets


Mother’s day is around the corner and we have found 10 great colouring sheets that not only keep the children entertained (hooray) but they double as a mother’s day gift (win, win). You could even frame them if you wanted to or provide some cute magnets so they can go on the fridge.

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Happy Mothers Day from Coloring Cafe 

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Mother’s Day Flowers and Heart by Coloring Online

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Happy Mothers’ day Cake from Mothers Day Info 

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Mother’s Day Quote from Doodle Art Alley 

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Happy Mother’s Day Flower and Vase from Education.com 

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I Love You Coloring Page from Activity Village 

Printable Happy Mothers Day Coloring in sheet

Happy Mothers Day from Fast SEO Guy (click print not download)

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Happy Mother’s Day Heart by Holidays Galore 

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You Are So Very Loved by Dawn Nicole 

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Mother’s Day Colouring Card from Mum in the Mad House 

Follow Wendy’s board Mothers day on Pinterest.

Christmas Planner 2015


Christmas is on its way! If you haven’t started to get organised yet don’t worry we have a new Christmas Planner for you this year.

We normally do a separate Christmas meal planner but this year we have put them all together.

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In our Christmas planner you will find:

  • Christmas Gift List

  • Christmas Card List

  • Christmas Eve Menu

  • Christmas Day Menu

  • Boxing Day Menu

  • New Year Menu

  • Christmas Dinner Timing list

  • Ideas & Inspiration Page  

Print just the pages you need or all of it!

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Click here to print.

40 Ideas, Tips and Tricks for a Great Summer Holiday


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The summer holidays are just around the corner and like many of us you are faced with trying to keep your child entertained for 6 whole weeks. While older children can often entertain themselves the younger ones are not always that easy to please.

We have some great ideas, tips and tricks to get you through the holidays with a smile of your face.

Keeping Them Entertained

Have a plan of action for each week. Possible days out, play dates, activities etc  Mum in The Madhouse has some great free printable planners on the blog. Perfect for working parents that need to plan childcare through the holidays as well.

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Don’t make plans. Make a daily decision on what you are going to do. Wing it and see where you end up.

The worst sentence ever muttered by a child is “I’m bored”, it can drive you insane. Be prepared and get a bored jar ready before the holidays start. All you need to do is fill a jar or box with activities for them to do like read a book, crafts, watch a film, go for a walk, tidy your room, make a den etc When they tell you they are bored get them to choose an activity to do.

Get them to make a summer bucket list and list all the things they would like to do in the summer holidays and then choose one each day.

Start a summer scrap/happy book.  Have your child write, draw, glue on pictures of their summer adventures. A great rainy day activity.

Go on a park crawl. Make a list of all the parks in your area and visit them all. You could either do it in one day or spread it across the 6 weeks.

Go on lots and lots of picnics.

Have a sports day. Invite their friends over and have a sports day in the garden.

Arrange some playdates.  Take turns with friends to host a play date, the kids can play and you can site, drink coffee and have adult conversation.

Set up different play stations in your garden. You could have sand & water, a shop, kitchen, balls & hula hoops, trikes & scooters, crafts, reading corner etc that way they can flit between each station and not get bored.

Bake cakes! Who doesn’t like cakes? If baking isn’t your thing but plain fairy cakes or biscuits and let your children decorate them.

Make your own ice lollies. Make them in the morning and they should be ready by lunch time. Experiment with frozen smoothies or fresh juice lollies.

These Strawberry and Banana Smoothie lollies by A Mummy Too look great.

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Psst mums here are ones just for you, Cucumber Gin & Tonic Popsicles by Port and Fin.

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All the crafts. If in doubt get the craft box out and let them get messy. Perfect for those too hot to play in the garden days.  You could set a theme for the summer and make items for an art show at the end of the holidays.

Build a den. In the garden, in the woods or in your living room.

Invent your own games.

Put on a show. Invite family and friends over for a show, get the children to sing, dance, tell jokes or do magic tricks.

Go to the seaside, eat doughnuts, build sandcastles and play to 2p machines.

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Go to the Zoo.

Go swimming.

Go to a theme park.

Visit a museum.

Go on a train ride. Choose a destination and have an adventure.

Go the cinema.

Have a home cinema afternoon. Make popcorn, snuggle up and chill out.
Go to the theatre. Check out your local theatre for children shows.
 

Top Tips and Money Saving Ideas

Have a garden box/trug/bag ready to go.  Fill it with wipes, sun lotion, towel, hats, tablecloth etc and have it by the back door. All you need to do it grab drinks and snacks to throw in and off you go into the garden. It saves you running around looking for everything you need and you can just get outside and have fun. It’s especially good if you have very young children that you don’t want to leave on their own while you keep going back indoors for things.

Have a car bag ready to go. Similar to above we have a bag in the back of the car with wipes, nappies, sun lotions, sun hats, a towel, first aid kit and bucket and spades. It means we only have to grab a few things before go out for the day.
Make sun care a part of your daily routine. We out on sun lotion every morning before we get dressed so we are protected before we leave the house.

When going on a picnic, pack everyone their own pack lunch rather than one big bag of food. That way you will have leftovers which go floppy by the time you get home.

Take your own food on days out. It can cost quite a bit to eat out at theme parks etc

Take your own drink when you go out. Costs of drinks can add up.

If you are out and fancy an ice-cream, visit the local supermarket and buy a multi pack it will be much cheaper.
Check for any offers and voucher codes before you go out for family meals.  Try sites like my voucher codes, voucher codes and Money Saving Expert.

Book online and in advance at theme parks, zoos farms etc they often have a good online discount.

Use your supermarket points. Tesco and Nectar points can often be used for money off tickets.

Find free events. There are loads out there you just have to look for them. Many museums have free entry as well. Have a little search and see what you can find.

Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library.  It’s free, fun and gives you a regular day out during the holidays.

Sign up for the 10 minute Shake Up from Change For Life. It’s full of activities, stickers and a free wrist timer.

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Watch films for free by setting up a trial with Netfilx, NowTV or Amazon Prime just remember to set a reminder to cancel if you don’t want to carry on.

Ditch the car and stay local for the summer. You’ll get fit and save money on petrol.

 
What are your top tips for a great summer?

Follow Wendy’s board Summer 2015 on Pinterest.

12 Free Adult Colouring Sheets


Colouring in for adults is all the rage at the moment, even Carol our community manager is doing it.

Its great for unwinding the mind and relaxing you after a long day. Not sure if its for you? Try our free printable adult colouring sheets and find out for yourself!

Just click and print.

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If you do download them, please share your finished sheets with us on Twitter or Facebook.

5 Free Father’s Day Printables


Father’s Day is around the corner and lets face it dad is hard to buy for.

We have a some great printables for you to give dad an extra special treat.

There are 4 posters for you to print out and frame. Choose which one you like best and just click and print.

Father's Day Printable: Beard Number one Daddy Printable Superhero Dad Free Printable

Best Dad Ever Printable

We also have this great poster for you to print out and fill in. Get the children to write or draw what makes their dad rock! They could do one each.

 

My Dad Rocks Printable

Just click and print!

Let us know if you use them, we would love to see pictures