My Seven Weeks of Summer!

Weeks 5 and 6

Writing this now I can hardly believe how quick the time has gone. The last two weeks have been pretty busy but here’s a quick run down of what we’ve been up to…

  • Painting,
  • Baking,
  • Cake decorating,
  • Outdoor den making,
  • Paddling pool fun and a build-a-bear party too!
Phew!
So I won’t ramble on today with all the details but here are a few pros and cons I found to each activity.
Painting – indoors
Pros
It’s great fun for the kids.
It’s let’s them learn to mix colours, and use their imagination
You can get some really cool tool packs from supermarkets and craft shops like the one below.
If you can’t buy sets like that you could use potato shapes and keep it old school.
Think this was two sets about £2 each

Think this was two sets about £2 each

Cons

The mess! I can let my kids bake all day but if I have to let them paint my stress levels go through the roof for some reason.

Finding somewhere to put their works of art – my two got a bit carried away and before I realised we had to cover every surface in the dining room to dry their work.

Occupying the kids while you tidy up – there is a lot to sort out and it is often messy by the end, trying to get them cleaned up and occupied with something else is a priority if you don’t want paint all over the house.

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Baking and cake decorating

Pros

It can be easy – as long as you are prepared there are some really easy recipes out there.

Kids baking and cooking from a young age is fantastic at teaching them about food, and how to use equipment safely.

It can taste amazing – that’s if you get a look in.

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Cons

I personally don’t think there are any unless you hate all the washing up – I love baking with the kids!

(Oh actually there can be a time when they both want to do the same thing so set different tasks for them to do to avoid too much arguing.)

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Outdoor den making

Pros

Adventure

Imagination play

Letting them work together to construct things.

We only had some foam squares but it was funny to see the excitement on their little faces when they could sit in it together

cheeky monkeys

cheeky monkeys

Cons

Again arguments can pursue, task setting and team work encouragement helps.

They can get grubby especially sitting on the floor or being near dirt – make sure they don’t have their Sunday best on!

Lack of resources – I found we didn’t plan this so we had to make do but we could probably make a really cool one if we had better stuff.

Paddling pool fun

Pros

It’s good for children to be around water when they are well supervised, my children haven’t learnt to swim so I think it’s important for them to get used to the water before lessons begin.

Summer fun, if it’s a hot day it’s a good way for them to cool down – just don’t forget the sun cream!

Cons

You have to supervise continually don’t leave them for a minute even if you think the water is shallow enough.

If your children are like mine they will love the idea of running in the house when they get out – this can make a huge mess and could be dangerous if they slip. Keep towels close by so they can dry off before they go in.

Toilet breaks – we are fortunate to have a loo still outside however if they are desperate and very wet it could get messy.

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Build-a-bear party time!

This was a friends party, which my daughter was a guest at.

Pros

The kids get a gift so really you don’t need to worry about a party bag – even though we were kindly given one on this occasion too.

It is super interactive, there is time to play games while they are stuffing the bears so they don’t really get bored.

They can accessorise – if they had a cheaper bear they were allowed an outfit, which my daughter loved.

Cons

If you don’t pay extra for an exclusive time slot you have to have the party when the shop is open, it wasn’t too bad on a Sunday afternoon but I can imagine a Saturday is manic! They also have other parties booked afterwards so you aren’t encouraged to hang around at the end.

They have a set budget for each child, however we had a few other parents asking for more expensive bears. This was fine for them as they paid the extra to the birthday girl’s mum, however my daughter asked the same and I didn’t have any money so I felt this put me in an awkward situation – I think they should have stuck to the budget.

The accessories can be pricey – if your child wants extra things or something not included in the budget you need money with you.

There isn’t much space, so if you have pushchairs or other children you might struggle.

No food after. This didn’t matter for our party as it was at 1.30-3.00 so we had just had lunch, but if you had planned food it would mean having to go elsewhere and that could cost more money.

I would recommend Build-a-Bear parties however as it was great fun for the children!

With Pawlette

With Pawlette

See you next week for our last round up!

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