All posts filed under: Summer

Active Kids = Happy Kids

With childhood obesity still a major national problem, keeping our children active feels more important than ever before.  I am lucky that my two, particularly my son, are naturally active and energetic but I do still nurture and facilitate their love of activity by giving them opportunities to play outdoors.  Every day after school they are either playing in the park (football, climbing trees, racing around) or they are at a club (dance, football, basketball, rounders, swimming, gymnastics…).  Either way, I ensure that they get at least an hour of exercise every single day. Admittedly, it is more difficult in the winter months, though we do still get outside as often as possible.  If it is very wet or very cold, we are a bit more stuck and it really shows in my children’s behaviour, particularly if they have endured wet play at school too.  Sadly, there are only so many times you can go swimming or to soft play before it either gets boring or too expensive!  At times like this, I rely on music …

Summer Photo Opportunities with the Kids

Cast a glance outside my window right now and you would struggle to believe me but summer has arrived, technically, and the days until school breaks up are well and truly numbered.  Summer holidays are a great time to explore with the kids and, hopefully, should provide some colourful backdrops when it comes to taking photos.  I tend to take a few similar shots each year, at the same location, to illustrate how much my children have grown.  It’s a fun thing to do and can result in some gorgeous photos, given the right location. Here are my top four summer photo opportunity locations: The beach On a bright, sunny day, few places can beat the beach for photography potential, particularly if it’s a candid shot you’re going for.  If you’re not fortunate enough to live by the sea, perhaps you have a beach holiday or even day trip planned?  A good camera is a must on a sunny day; click here for some great deals on Canons. Up a Hill If you won’t be …

Summer Holiday Fun for an Active Childhood

I’m so confused as to how it’s almost July, and feeling a little sad as my babies prepare to leave their reception and year 2 classes respectively. However, I am quite excited about our summer holidays – spending six weeks with the children always sounds like such a lovely idea in June! At the beginning of August, we are flying to Mykonos and then heading to Paros for a few days with Nanny Bee, but other than that have no concrete plans. I have lots of things that I would like to do this summer, from camping trips and days out to science experiments and reading challenges – the overall theme being one of simple, outdoor fun and, hopefully, plenty of time spent with family and friends.    Forest school and beach education ideas always appeal to me and I would love to spend some days exploring these; building dens, making campfires, searching for bugs and sea creatures… One of our favourite things to do last summer was to visit art galleries with a sketchbook. Miss …

Preparing for an English Summer

Our summer holidays begin in a little over a week and we have lots of plans.  Many of them involve being outdoors so we are banking on a decent stretch of good weather.  However, being England, I know that there will be grey and rainy days.  Through experience, I’ve learned that these can be the best days for my children – they adore being out and about, racing snails, jumping in puddles, kicking leaves, splashing through sodden grass.  What they are less keen on, however, is staying in damp clothes.  Over the years, we have used puddle suits to keep them dry during the wet and cold weather, and also on the beach on less than tropical days.  My little ones are not quite so little any more, however, so these all-in-one suits are reaching the end of their useful days – they can also be a pain to clamber in and out of for toilet breaks.  No, nowadays, we are looking for something bigger and better, like these girls raincoats: For those with children, like …

101 Summer Holiday Activities

The summer holidays are fast approaching (I mean really fast!) and the prospect of six long weeks to fill can be daunting.  If you find yourself stuck for activity ideas, try our list; with 101 different things to do, there’s sure to be something that floats your boat! Watch clouds Camp in the lounge Sleep in a tent Dig for treasure in a sand pit Plant flowers to attract bees Make butter Pick strawberries on a farm Ride in a tractor’s trailer Take a walk by torchlight Stay out late to stargaze Create a sensory garden in a window box Make a fairy door Build a sand boat Catch a crab Raise a caterpillar and… …release a butterfly Make a nature collage Build a den Catch a sunrise Bake a cake in a mug Watch the sun disappear into the ocean Design a flag Invent something Try a new language Read a Mr. Gum book Chase a bird Ride a wave Climb a tree Paint a pebble Roll down a hill Build a campfire Bake cakes …