Wednesday, 27 July 2011

VISIT A NATIONAL PARK FOR FREE

Don't gorget this summer holdays, the National Parks are free to visit. There are 15 in England, Scotland and Wales- check their site for your nearest or try to include one in your holiday plans.
There is a searchable database of events such as Learning Bushcraft and Survival Skills, Young Volunteer Taster Days, Solar Gazing, Archaeology days, guided walks and much more.

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150 FREE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS FROM THE WOODLAND TRUST

The Woodland Trust has 150 free activities for children to enjoy this summer holiday. As part of its Big Summer Challenge 2012 you can find woods to visit, download free activities and print out an activity booklet to record your adventures!
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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

SUMMER HOLIDAY CHALLENGES

Make this the summer that your child:-
learns to rollerskate, play chess, make cakes, crochet, knit, swim, read better, sew, ride a bike, learn French or whatever.
All these things are not necessarily free, but can be almost free or cheap, with a bit of planning. A personal aim for the six weeks achieves a goal, boosts your child's confidence and makes happy memories. You may have to draft in the help of a grandparent, auntie, uncle or neighbour with the necessary knowledge or skills, or search the internet for how-to tutorials - but it'll be worth it. You may learn something too!

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YET MORE BOREDOM BUSTERS!

Boredom Busters has over 30 ideas for keeping the kids from that terrible state - BOREDOM! Play dough recipes, games (indoors and out), brainteasers, gardening and much more.
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MORE PRINTABLES, QUIZZES AND TRAVEL GAMES

Well, the title says it all - Disney's Family Fun site has loads to do - especially if it's raining!
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MAKE YOUR KIDS INTO PAVEMENT PICASSOS

Get a packet of coloured chalks from the poundshop and let your kids loose on your paving slabs - one slab, one complete picture. Take a photo of your budding Picasso next to their work of art, have a scrubbing brush, bucket and water to hand (if it doesn't rain that is!) and give a small reward for scrubbing it all off again! Your patio may even get to look cleaner than it was before!
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KIDS PLAY TENNIS FOR FREE!

If your kids still have the "Wimbledon" bug then this summer holidays they may be able to have a game of tennis for free in your locality. Tennis for Free has a great search facility on its site for you to find tennis courts that you can play on for free. Just enter your postcode in the search box.
There is also free coaching on offer, but unfortunately this seems mainly to be in the London area only.
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Sunday, 24 July 2011

STAGE YOUR OWN KIDDY OLYMPICS!

Another bright idea for keeping the kids occupied during the summer holidays is to stage your own Olympics. This is, of course, if the weather is dry! The school holidays is the time to make your garden work for you, but if you don't have one or it's too small, find your nearest park and use that instead.

Each child can choose to be a country and make themselves a flag badge coloured in on a sticky white label. Use everything you can think of for your "sports".
Here's some ideas - plastic drinks bottles filled with a little water or sand and bowled over with a football if you don't have skittles. A bucket or large bowl to throw a tennis ball or sponge ball into from a set distance or use basket ball hoop if you have one, hopping races, running races, welly throwing, running on the spot whilst being timed, press-ups or timed "stepping" using the doorstep if you don't have a posh stepper!

This is a good activity to do with other families using the park, perhaps with each family bringing the equipment for a "sport" and overseeing that event.
Keep a record of everyone's results and don't forget to have an award ceremony at the end!

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

HARRY POTTER AND STAR WARS LEGO FREE RESOURCES AND COLOURING!

Dorling Kindersley has more Fun Stuff for kids to do. There is Harry Potter Lego colouring sheets, a Lego knowledge Wordsearch and Spot the Difference, a Lego Minifigure Mashup where you can make up your own figure from various heads, bodies and weapons of Lego men, save and download to your computer, a Star Wars Lego Activity pack and X-Wing colouring sheet.
Lots of stuff to do!
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MORE THAN 1000 COLOURING PAGES TO PRINT AND COLOUR

There's something quiet and relaxing about colouring - I can't quite explain why, but I always did colouring alongside my kids and, as well as keeping them at it (there's always a competitive element there) it really was soothing! It's good talking time too and gets them talking about what they're doing, about colours and sometimes about anything and everything else as they know they have your attention all the time you're sitting colouring with them.
The Crayola site never disappoints and here they have over 1000 colouring pages to download and print out to keep your little people occupied for at least some of the summer school holidays!
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Monday, 11 July 2011

101 FREE THINGS TO DO WITH THE CHILDREN IN SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

The summer school holidays are almost upon us and those 6 weeks stretch ahead of us seemingly endlessly. But don't panic, Mumsnet has come up with 101 free things to do with the kids! There are rainy day activities, arts and crafts activities, things to do out and about, activities in the garden, creative ideas and things to do when it is sunny.
Even if you try 2 activities a day- this will take you all the way through those 42 days of school holidays!
Walks are free and good for everyone, but don't just think of walking as an activity in itself - if it's possible, walk to and from an activity such as a library or park visit. This takes more time, saves your petrol and helps everyone's fitness!
And always remember, the kids get to help set up an activity AND clear up afterwards!
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