I like to think of the summer holidays – that long stretch of (if we’re lucky) sunny weeks that I get to spend with my girls, as a challenge. A challenge to have a lovely interesting time on as little money as possible
I splashed out in the 99p shop a couple of weeks ago on blowing bubbles, water pistols and a strange lacrosse-esque plastic ball catching game (under £7 in total) which my girls have already had fun with. We also have an old bath tub for wallowing / splashing in on the lawn – did I mention husband sells bathrooms? and the bikes and scooters are ready to use.
In addition we are lucky enough to live 15 minutes walk from a small local library and we’re taking part in the library’s Creepy House reading challenge and 5 minutes walk from the seafront should we wish to try salty water instead of fresh. So we are really very well set up.
However, for rainy days or when your children need to sit in the shade for an hour, there’s nothing like a bit of playdough to take up some time and unleash in them some creativity, whatever their ages.
I found the instructions in a book I picked up pre-kids; bought for £4 with an idea that it might come in useful at some point, for something…see, I was right! ! It’s called something like ’500 things for kids to do instead of watching TV’ – naturally I can’t lay my hand on it right at this moment, but when I do I’ll post the recipe. It’s super easy, made of store cupboard ingredients and I’m sure counts as doing science with your children
I made this batch about 2 weeks ago and it’s been kept in a box in the fridge in between uses and has stayed perfect.
Youngest daughter had it out again today – she likes monsters…