Okay, so picture this: Including the weekend, you’re 5 days into the Easter Holidays and you haven’t heard the words “I’m bored” yet… Seems like a dream right? Well, if it’s a dream I don’t want to wake up, because this is exactly what we’ve managed to accomplish! And what’s even better, we haven’t spent a penny on a day out or anything!
What’s your secret Becky?! I can hear many parents asking, and to be quite honest, it’s not a secret…we’ve been keeping the kiddos entertained most days by enjoying the sunshine and playing outside in the garden! It’s easy to stick the TV on or get the tablet/iPad out and leave them to it, and in truth, the TV is on in our home, mainly because William demands it to be on by shoving the remote in my face if it’s off. They might watch a couple of episodes on CBeebies, but then they’re soon on the floor playing with their toys or I’ve whisked them outside into the garden. There’s no need to scrape the bottom of our purses to find a few spare coins floating around for that ice cream they will so desperately want at the park, or performing the “wee dance” when you can’t find the nearest toilet (or you’re waiting in line!) Food and drink is on demand and ready at the tip of our fingers, and I – I mean, the kids don’t have to get dressed…heh…
Not only this, but I tried to be a little organised before the holidays began and asked Lily’s cousin if she wanted a sleepover too, so that was also a winner! The girls just played so nicely, it was almost as if they weren’t even in the house! (That is, until they bounded downstairs because they found a spider in Lily’s bedroom…we all played downstairs for a while there, I don’t do spiders either.) I’m pretty sure they managed to play with every toy Lily has, alongside filling my table with drawings of the Avengers and made up robots and I don’t even know what else! Spending time with the family is a great way to keep the kids entertained, we even met up with an Aunty at a school fayre, and whilst we didn’t spend a lot, I did have some left over pennies from my birthday so I treated Lily to a new headband and her face painted.
The unfortunate part of these holidays is payday lands right at the end of it. So as much as I would love to spend every day doing activities and going out places, we simply can’t afford it this time. It doesn’t bother me too much though, you don’t need money to have a good time (but it’d be nice.) Lily has a stash of arts and crafts bits and bobs, so I’m sure we’ll be able to get some Easter creations made, we live near 2 little parks, and even more closer to town which is a nice little walk – add in a picnic and there’s an afternoon sorted! (Plus some corn or some oats for the ducks – please don’t feed them bread, it’s really not good for them! Check out this post on why you shouldn’t feed ducks bread)
If you look around your home, I’m sure you can find a hundred and one ideas to keep your kids entertained this Easter! Not everyone is keen on letting them into the kitchen to bake (I don’t blame you, I’m not a fan either.) But I can tell you that kids of all ages still love to make forts in the living room, whip out those duvets and blankets and get fort making, put a DVD on and you’re good to go! Not feeling it? How about arts and crafts? You don’t need anything fancy for an arts and crafts session, your recycling will do! Cardboard boxes, yoghurt pots, milk cartons…add some scissors and sellotape and you’ll be amazed what your kids will make (you might have to use your imagination too here…) Still not feeling it? Call the grandparents.
Now, we still have another 12 days to keep this up…Can I do it? I blooming well hope so! (Knowing my luck I’ve blown my trumpet too soon.) Hopefully we can get through this unscathed and not-bored! We’re off to Nanny’s on Easter Sunday for a roast, and that thought is keeping me going.
What have you all got planned for the holidays?