School holiday activities with Grandchildren- Staying at home

July 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Staying at home during school holidays can sometimes be greeted with grumbles from children who want to get out and about. However, a day at home can be as much fun, and is generally a much more affordable way to keep children entertained.

So today I’m sharing my top tips on what to do when you decide on having a day at home with your grandchildren. I try to keep these activities for raining days or when going out and about seems a little grim.  Hope you enjoy!

Staying at home:

Cooking & baking-

A traditional holiday treat for me was baking delicious cakes. Lucky for us it’s still guaranteed to be enjoyed by all children. I like to bake cupcakes and let the children decorate theirs with quirky decorations. It’s a really exciting way to spend an afternoon, sat waiting for the oven to ping decorating to begin!

Once you’ve baked enough cakes why not try making your own pizzas. This is really, really great fun especially for children who are a little older. Make your own dough or if easier buy pizza bases from a supermarket. Get creative by adding a mixture of all your favourite toppings!

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Crafts-

Holding a craft day is good fun with grandchildren and for me extremely worthwhile. I enjoy patchwork quilting and give my quilts to family and friends as special gifts. So teaching my grandchildren all about patchwork quilting is really rewarding as a grandparent, as we can spend time doing something enjoyable together.

There are lots of different crafts, something which everyone will enjoy- do some research on the internet for inspiration if you like. I think it’s a good idea to keep a crafts box in the house for any unexpected visits so I stock up on creative bits and bobs when possible.

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Scrapbook/Photo blog

Making a scrapbook is a great way to document school holidays. Add photos, entry tickets, posters and leaflets from anywhere you have visited during the break. Decorate with glitter, paints, chalks and anything else from your craft box. Scrapbooks are great fun to make and even better to look back on in a few years’ time.

Alternatively, you could create a school holiday blog to document your fun days out, baking, crafts making etc… Get the children to write a little piece about their favourite part of the day/week and add photos and links accordingly.  This might be a little ambiguous for smaller children but having a digital copy is a good option if you want to share it with other family member and friends.

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School holiday activities with Grandchildren- Family day out

July 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today I’m talking about my favourite family days out with my grandchildren during school holidays.

For me a good family day out involves going somewhere which the entire family will enjoy, and importantly has a little educational value. Day trips are the perfect place to learn new things together something which I try to encourage.  

I’ve come up with a couple of suggestions which I think offer good variety and are great value for money. Hope you enjoy!

Family days out

Museums-

museumI always remember visiting local museums as a child, and feeling fascinated with what was on display. There are thousands of museums up and down the country all focusing on different topics and subjects. With this in mind museums are a great way to get children interested in a whole range of subjects.

A trip to a museum is a great way to get the whole family out and about. The only tricky thing is deciding which one to visit. To avoid squabbling why not try to visit a few which suite all family members – remember entry to most museums is free with additional charges for entry to special exhibitions only.

In large cities museums are dotted all over the places, however if you would prefer to stay local do some research and find what’s on display nearby.

 

National Trust– 

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Preserved National Trust establishments have lots to offer from historical landmarks, culturally enhancing sites and some of the most beautiful landscapes you can find in the UK.

I’d recommend visiting a variety of venues throughout the holidays as many hold different events from crafts, outdoor shows, guides bike rides and wildlife discovery walks all depending on where you decide to visit.

It’s great idea to become a member of the National Trust as you can make the most out of the variety of venues. As a member entry to National Trust and car parking is free – you will also receive a handy guide book for inspiration on where to go. For me a visit to National Trust is a school holiday must!

Canal Boat-

canal boatsI came up with the idea of hiring a canal boat when I heard rumbles about how much fun this was from a friend. Lucky we have a canal locally (Trent and Mersey) so this idea is pretty feasible- it might have been a little tricky otherwise.

Canal boats are available to hire from a day up to as long as two weeks. And although this activity is pretty expensive in comparison to others, it is something completely different which grandchildren will love.

If the option of hiring a canal boat seems a little too daunting then you could take the grandchildren for a walk along a canal instead. Ideally go to a canal locks so that they can see how the locks work and are operated- the children might even be able to get involved themselves. These sorts of trip are fascinating for children and will become fond memories.

School holiday activities with Grandchildren- Fun days out!

July 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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School holidays are right around the corner, which might be a frightening thought for parents. However, for grandparents school holidays are a great chance to spend time with grandchildren.

Next week is really exciting for me as my Grandson Sam is visiting from Italy whilst on summer break. Making sure we spend quality time together and have a great fun is really important. So I’ve come up with some great ways to spend time with your grandchildren over the holidays.

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Theme Parks- Treating grandchildren to a day out can be great fun. Lucky for us one of Britain’s best theme parks, Alton Towers is located locally. However there are lots of different theme parks across the UK aimed at all different ages from Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventure and Lego Land. These days out can be quite expensive so look out for offers and discounts to make your day more affordable.

monekey forestWildlife centres- Wildlife centres are always a hit with children. Chester Zoo has always been a favourite amongst the family for years- perfect if you’re looking for a fully day out. Otherwise Trentham’s monkey forest is great for an afternoon trip. Enjoy a stroll around the forest while the monkeys wander around freely. A superb trip and great way to introduce children to animals.

Cinema trip- Every grandparent will know how much children love a trip to the cinema.  This week the final instalment of Harry Potter is released offering the perfect chance to catch a film. 3D films are also a great choice when going to the cinema with children- even if you do look a little funny in the glasses.

I’d recommend doing a little research into your local cinema to see different offers. I know that many local cinemas offer a selection of deals or promotional offers which are generally only available on specifics days or times. These offers are great when taking children out as they provide for a little extra spending money on the pick and mix stand.

visiting monkey forestThroughout the week I’ll be coming up with more activities for summer holidays including family days out, fun in the outdoors and ways to entertain grandchildren at home.

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