Saturday, 31 July 2010
Kai is used to keeping himself occupied for some of the day so I can get housework done as he doesnt start nursery until September, but Zack is only used to keeping himself busy for the weekend and after school so I put a few things in place to keep him busy.
Starting on the Monday I told Zack he could do 3 jobs a day to earn 25p for each job, potentially earning over £5 a week. He would have to have his room tidy & CLEAN by 9:00pm, his 2nd job was to have the washing up done (this is anything left over from the dishwasher), The final job varies each day, hes got our back entrance way tidy & clean (it gets filled with tools, shoes & garden toys), cleaned the bath & sink (I wasnt mean enough to make him do the loo, give it time ;-), and clean doors & worksurfaces in the kitchen. Kai does smaller jobs to earn strawberrys or grapes as he doesnt understand money yet so its not much of an insentive.
Zacks actually enjoyed some of the jobs & likes the idea that hes earning his holiday money.
2. Kids Club - Odeon Cinema
This week we saw "How to Train Your Dragon" which was great, Kai wouldnt have sat to watch it so he was at his aunts, but Zack loved it, as did me & my mom. I grabbed drinks & sweets before we went so that only cost £2, and even paying for Premier seats it only cost us £8 for all 3 of us (£2.40 x2 for us to see it, £1.60x2 for the seat upgrade). Cinema experience, fab animation at a fraction of the price.
This week its "The Tooth Fairy" starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
3. Build a Tent
I picked up a childrens tent last year in the sales and took it with us when we went to see the childrens Grandparents. It kept Zack happily busy as he tried to set it up, then he & Kai sat in it doing quiz books and colouring.
4. Old Toys / Toy swap
We were very lucky that one of my Moms neighbours had sorted out the toys at her house - from both her children & grandchildren, and brought them round. Now the kids have some new board games (Kai loves Mr Pop, and Zacks enjoying Kerplunk), jigsaws, among others.
I also popped into the roof to get the Technic lego of my brother given me for when the kids were old enough. And some of Zacks old Jigsaw like tracks for Kai. Now they both have "new" toys to enjoy.
I was thinking if theres friends with similar aged children, with toys their children are bored of they could do a toy swap, obviously the toys would have to be in good condition but it would save money & space, and keep the children entertained.
Previously I've made Hot cookie dough with icecream, which everyone loves, but we've only got mint choc chip icecream in at the moment which I didnt think would go very well - so I came up with the idea of double choc chip hot cookie dough with mint choc chip icecream **wipes drool from chin** It was simple for the kids to make & though sickly if you ate to much it really was delicious. I shall post the recipe on Monday.
We also made flapjacks, nom nom.
So what have you done this week to keep the kids entertained?
If you've blogged about it why not put a link to your blog on Mr Linky below & give others some ideas.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Sunday, 25 July 2010
I covered it all in silver sticky back plastic and then started decorating it. I dont normally use sequins like this , specially not this high but I wanted a lot of texture.
I wanted almost a beach type feel, full of warmth and movement.
I used scrabble tiles to reflect the games & activities we do during the Summer holidays.
I would like to enter this into the Creative Craft World Holiday Challenge
To celebrate the new blog they are giving away some fab blog candy, yay! Not just 1 bit of blog candy but 3 seperate prizes. You have until the 6th August at 16:00 GMT
The launch date for the first challenge is August the 7th, I certainly will be checking it out.
Saturday, 24 July 2010
The first week is normally the easiest as it starts off with the children being able to entertain themselves - Zacks already told me yesterday he was looking forward to a Loooooooooooooong lie in. But soon they will need a bit of guidance - or dragging away from the electrical goodies the house is filled with. So in no real order, here is the list I have come up with (are you ready its a long one!).
-Read a book (eldest can read to youngest or you can read to them)
-Write a story (can be done with pictures like a comic strip)
-Salt Dough models
-Paint Salt Dough (when its been cooked)
-Bake biscuits/cake(s) & decorate
-Make a sock puppet
-Put on a play (maybe with sock puppets)
-Collage picture out of old mags/catalogues
-Make a suncatcher from black card with tissue paper glued over the cut out holes.
-Make scratch pictures - use crayons on card then paint over with acrylic/poster paint. Leave to dry then scratch in picture
-Make beads from fimo/paper - thread onto string for themselves or as presents.
-Finger print pictures
-Make bread (can create their own shapes with it)
-Decorate bedroom room (Zacks room needs redecorating so hes going to help, eep!)
-Make a jigsaw
-Decorate picture frames
-Colouring in pictures (simple for Kai, more complex for Zack)
-Pasta necklaces - paint, add glitter, leave to dry & then thread)
-Movie day - make popcorn together, draw the curtains & put on a movie
-Treasure hunt (with clues for Zack)
-Scrapbooking - make a holiday scrapbook, Scrap a few of Zacks school memories while fresh
-Straws & tape construction
-Foam door hangers
-Egg cup caterpillar - the egg carton "cups" cut off, painted & threaded together to make a caterpillar
-Toilet paper binoculars
-Pressed flowers (takes 10 days according to Martha Stewart)
-Paint/crayon on pebbles
-Paint using hands/feet (& normally the rest of them as well, good outside activity)
-Make bubble paint prints (washing up liquid in watered down paint, blow bubbles with straws then place paper on top)
-Plant some seeds
-Decorate plant pots
-Turn a jar into a vase - cover in polyfilla or similar, stick on gems, shells etc
-Paper mache mask &/or hot air balloon (last year we made a piggy bank)
-Junk Modelling - stick together cereal boxes, tubes, bottles etc to make a "sculpture"
-Mini beast hunt - either see what bugs they can find & identify, or give them a list to find
-Scavanger hunt - give them a list of things to find & bring back
-Messy play—make gloop, shaving foam (paint)
-Teach old games e.g Hopscotch
-Chalk piccies on the paving slabs
-Make sand stepping stones
Possible trips out (all depends on transport & cash flow)
-Ironbridge Gorge Museums
-Go to the Park
-Fly a kite
-Feed the Ducks
-Welly Walk - go for a walk after the rain in wellies & old clothes to jump in the mud & puddles.
-Mapped walk—Z can make a route to follow or we can follow an already set route
-Photo walk - the kids get to take their own photos, so you get a kids eye view
Are you still with me? Phew! As you can see most of the indoor activities can be done outside & visa versa, it all depends on the weather & how messy your kiddies are (mine are very messy ;)
If you dont understand some of these prompts on the list, dont worry, all will be explained along the way over the holidays. I'm sure other ideas will be added as we go along, and I will update this list as they do.
I would like to say a big thank you to those who posted last week & added their own ideas, some of which I have used here.
Next saturday I shall show you what we got upto this week, & if it was any good. I'm thinking of putting up a Mr Linky for anyone else whose's blogging their summer fun ideas can add a link, so we can all share ideas, what do you think, would you be willing to post your link?
Friday, 23 July 2010
I asked him if he'd like me to make her a bag charm/keyring and explained my idea. He liked it so I set about making it.
Once that was finished we decided it would look nice as the main embellishment on her card so I made an easle card, went through my scraps for a suitable background & then finally went through my pile of buttons for a "stopper".
I fastened all together and turned the red button I'd found into the "a" of thank you.
The thought behind it all was the saying "an apple for the teacher" , and having found a wooden apple I'd received as part of a RAK years ago I thought it was perfect.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Looking through my photos I came across the photos of Ryan & Kai on Guitar Hero (Kai cant play as hes too small but he does enjoy pretending to)
I also came across the Rusty Pickle Popstar sheet called "Zac" (so Zack is there in spirit if not in the photos) & decided it was perfect.
I set about with my promarkers to colour in the doodles on this sheet. I would like to learn how to doodle like this as I am not much of a doodler & want to doodle on a pair of sandles I got the other day (watch this space). I also highlighted certain words & parts of the pattern with Glossy Accents.
I played around with the photos but found them a bit too "square" to go with the background so I cut Kai out & stuck him down like that.
To make the picture of Ryan fit in more I stuck it down & then copied the pattern over the edges of the picture a little.
I finished off by adding a little bit of journalling on the provided lines in red so it would fit in. With the keywords in the sentence I altered my handwriting so it was a bit more "Doodlish".
It was a fairly simple page to do thanks to the paper I used but I thorougly enjoyed doing it.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
Anything that could be considered a fantasy. A child's storybook, a trip to Disneyworld, fairies, dreams. What is your Fantasy?
We were given a digital 3d decoupage sheet to print out and use, you dont have to but they are well worth a look at, and The Crafty Purple Frog who sells them is also sponsoring this challenge. Her sheets are not only for use with scrapbooking but are also great with card making as well.
With 2 lads you probably wouldnt think I'd be able to do a page using fairies, but I did, yay! Because Kai had had a visit from the dummy fairy
I used the fairy sheet from DCWVs "Once upon a time" & cut out the centre. I added the lovely 3d decoupage from The Crafty Purple Frogs "the glance" sheet. I then stuck some pearlescent vellum onto the back (I wish you could see the gorgeous sheen on it but it just wouldnt show on camera) to write on So my writing was straight(er, lol) I then placed lined paper behind just while I wrote. I added stickers whenever certain nouns popped up, such as "Dummy" or "Kai". The ones of Kai I printed a photo onto blank labels to use.
On the layout you can just about see at the bottom a photo of Kai asleep, without his dummy (yay) & the bag full of his dummys.
To be in with the chance of winning a prize from the Crafty Purple Frog, or just to join in for fun please join us at Scrapping With I Did It Creations & take part in this challenge, dygital, hybrid & traditional scrapbooking are all welcome. You have until 6:00pm Eastern Time, Monday August 2nd.
If you need some inspirations please visit my fabulous Design Team Peers
Thanks for popping by :)
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Every saturday I am going to post details of what I have done with my 3 year old and 11 year old sons when they've got "bored". Obviously how they react to the things I plan, and what they do with them can be totally different, such as last years "body painting" my then 2yr old enjoyed walking around on the paper making foot prints whereas my then 10yr old learnt if he put enough paint on the paper it turned into a slippy run way.
Hopefully these posts - happening every saturday until the end of the holidays - will give you ideas of activities to do with your own children. Most of them will be using what I already have in the house, & will include both indoor & outdoor ideas.
Next Saturday I will post a list of all the things I have thought of so far with links to recipes etc.
Hows about helping me out a little bit, what activities have you got planned over the holidays for your children? go on, give me your list.
Friday, 16 July 2010
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Friday, 9 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
While cutting it out I wasnt too sure if it would work & didnt actually like it until I had totally finished it.
I layered the picture up with foam pads & then matted it onto a piece of card I'd covered in glitter. I also covered the chipboard letters I jad with glitter as well. The background paper is bazzil which I covered in star stickers before attaching the photo. Finally I cut out a star & did my journalling on it and went round the edge with a ruler & silver pen to bring it all in.
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Monday, 5 July 2010
If you pop on over theres a new challenge for this fortnight, you have to make a layout using the following sketch...
Heres my translation of the sketch...
I mounted a picture of Kai shaking a dandelion clock onto a sheet I'd printed out of orientalbeauty1 from I did it creations Oriental Beauty Papers, this reflected the red in the picture and gave the impression of heat (it was a gorgeous sunny day).
This was then mounted onto a sheet of white speckled card which I tore at the edges. I also used this card to do a tag which I inked at the edges & wrote my journalling on. I made a hole in it and threaded through some fluffy thread I'd folded into 3 & tied in the middle. I though it looked a bit like a dandelion clock.
I added a chipboard clock and the lettering. I finished off by mounting it onto a sheet of 8x8 I'd printed of orientalbeautypaper4 from I did it creations Oriental Beauty Papers, I find it looked best when printed on good quality card with a slight gloss to it after setting the printer settings to "best photo".
As it happens you can get these digital papers, and anything else at I did it creations with 30% off until the 15th July.
I do hope you will come over to Scrapping with I Did It Creations and join us in this challenge.