Category Archives: Seasonal celebrations

What to do with your kids during the Easter Holidays

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What should you do during the Easter holidays?

Well why not create an Easter egg hunt, just get a load of chocolate foiled eggs, which you can get from your local supermarket and hide them in the house or garden and create clues as to where the eggs could be, and you can get the whole family involved.

Or you can visit some places in your area for local Easter egg hunts near you. Check this website link below for details:

https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/blog/easter-egg-hunts-near-you

Why not take a trip up to London, last year we visited the London Aquarium, the London Dungeon, Shreks Adventure or go on the London Eye. They are really great activities but do book in advance as they do get fully booked during these holidays.

You have Dungeons in other areas like Blackpool and Edinburgh. There also other Sealife centres aswell, in Manchester, Weymouth, Brighton, Blackpool, Gweek and Lock Lomond.

Remember in Blackpool you can visit the Blackpool Tower where they have the circus and usually they will do an Easter show, and Weymouth Tower (Jurassic Skyline).

If the weather is sunny and warm, why not take a trip along the River Thames and visit some of the top UK attractions like Hampton court, or central London, take a river boat cruise up to Tower Bridge and back.

Why not go to a Theme Park and book a break away, they are doing deals at Chessington World of Adventures at the moment, where kids go free, check out the link below for details:


Legoland Windsor is my favourite out of all the theme parks and they’re doing an offer too during the Easter Holidays if you wanted to book a break away. Check out link below:


If you are on a limited budget then fear not, there are still places to go for free, like the Museums in Kensington in London, like the Science Museum, the V&A and Natural History museum. Or take them to the Transport Museum up near Covent Garden.

Take them to see Buckingham Palace and have picnic in St Jame’s park, Green Park or Hyde Park and check out Kensington Gardens, where you can see the luxurious Kensington Palace, where Prince William and Kate live.

There are many activities to do at home too, like take them to a local park and create an Easter Egg hunt there and make a party of it, and invite your children friends to come and join in.

Create some activities at home, like get them to paint some eggs in different colours using children’s paint, and why not use some child friendly glue and get them to create some Easter cards, and pictures.

Here is a video by Emily Norris who share’s some activities to do on a rainy day.

Never fear there is always plenty to do, so why not try these out and just have fun, and remember if you liked my blog then please subscribe and follow me on WordPress.con

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Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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Teaching children about love

As it is valentines day tomorrow I wanted to write about teaching children about Love.

I think you can do it by the simple things like giving your child a cuddle and a kiss, letting them have the things they love but in moderation of course.

I want my son to be respectful to others and be kind, and he is already started to do that. Apparently there is a little who he goes to school with, who cries all the time when she has to go to school, and our son gives her a hug all the time.

The one thing my son is, is very affectionate which I think it is a lovely trait to have.

I don’t think showing you love someone should happen just on valentines day, but through out your life with that person, even if it is giving them a hung, cooking them dinner, buying a gift, just showing that you care is a good way to teach love to our children, and it should be embraced.

I know there are people who don’t agree with kissing your children, and that is up to them, but I don’t see what is wrong with it, as long you don’t have a cold sore or are sick, then giving a kis is a nice to way to show love.

Same with a hug. I love having cuddles with my son, whilst watching TV or a film, it’s what helps us to bond as mother and son, and that to me is important.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

Teaching my son about the new year

Teaching children about the new year I think is important, so they become aware of the changes the new year brings, example they know that in the new year they go back to school.

They may not understand about the new year but I think it is important to make them aware of what the new year means.

I want my son to get to know that we celebrate the new year, by taking him out, allow him if he wants to, to stay up late to see the fireworks up close or on the TV.

Let him see that we kiss when the clock strikes 12 and that we sing afterwards. If he decides later in life not to celebrate the new year then that is fine, it is up to him, but it good for him to see that the new years is a good thing not something bad.

So lets raise our glasses and I wish you all a happy new year. See you in 2019.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

Teacher’s Gifts

I feel like a scrooge today because I saw parents today giving gifts to the teachers and I didn’t. I gave a Christmas card and contribute £5 to a group gift from the parents, but feel kind of stingy.

Should I buy his teacher a gift or teachers?

I thought you gave gifts at the end of the school year, or am I being totally naive?

The school has done a great job with Henry but is looked after by another teacher, so I would need to buy 5 different gifts.

I am all new to the school thing and just getting my son too school is always a mission.

I just found an article on the Metro talking about this various subject. See link below:

So what do you do, do you buy your child’s teacher a gift?

Am I being stingy about not giving an extra gift even though I did contribute £5 to a group gift?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

Gift Ideas For Kids

Are you having trouble finding gifts for the children in your life?

Do they more less have everything?

Finding gifts for kids each Christmas can be tough especially if they have brothers and sisters who pass on their toys to their siblings. I remember as a kid I got a lot of gifts sets which I still love till this day, or it was cassette tape, a record or as got older a CD.

Check with their parents if the children have written a list and see if you can get something on the parents list, to save them getting it.

I have gone for journals this year for presents, clothes and story books, as you can’t go wrong with a book or a little journal notebook, especially if the children are into writing.

My son for his birthday received a dustcart toy, which when you press the button on top it moves forwards and back, and tips the bin up like a real dustcart and my son loves it. He also have a fire engine toy which he loves to play with too. 

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Choose a puzzle or a game that the family can play is always good and gets everyone together on Christmas day, and breaks the ice. As a kid growing up it was a tradition to play card games or a board game, it kind of breaks up the day.

The games my son loves to play with his Mr Men cards and playing matching  pairs, and helps them with their memory and observation skills.


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Knowing what to buy each year can change as they begin to grow and get into new things each year. 

If you stuck on toys to buy why not buy an experience, like one year I bought my nieces an experience at Chessington World of Adventures, and they got to feed the giraffes there. 

I found this Video from YouTube which shows you the experience. 

https://www.chessington.com/explore/chessington-vip-adventures.aspx

So I hope this is helpful to you and will give you those last minute ideas. 

Many thanks for reading, 

Carrie X 

Letting kids know about holidays

To me the holiday season has never been more important to me than since my son was born. Teaching him about the different seasons is such a huge part of their childhood that as much as I can be a humbug and for while lost my spark for Christmas it was important to me to get it back for my son to learn and to celebrate the festive season too.

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I will be encouraging my son to help decorate this year and have him open up his presents in the morning whilst having his breakfast.

I am going to buy a gift from him for his daddy and for his grandparents, so he sees it is about giving gifts aswell as receiving them, and teaching him what Christmas is truly about, the birth of Jesus Christ. He may decide when he is older not to believe in the birth of Jesus, but I think as a parent it is good to give them the choice so they can decide for themselves on what they want to believe in.

I will be reading him stories about Christmas which I have done since he was a baby.

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When it comes to Christmas it for me is about sharing some time with family weather it is just us three (me, my son and husband) or spending time with grandparents and cousins, etc

Having a good meal, pulling crackers, playing games, or watching a good old Christmas film, that for me is Christmas.

So lets get ready for the Christmas season and let our kids enjoy it much as possible as they only get one childhood, so it worth making the most of every minute and every season ahead.

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

Copying with fireworks nights

It is that time of year when in the evenings, certainly where I live you can hear fireworks going off most evenings during fireworks night.

We even took our son to see some fireworks at my Step Dads school. I thought he would like them but he didn’t and soon went back indoors with my mum.

They can make young children jump and my niece had to back indoors too as she really got upset. Some children don’t like fireworks, not saying that fireworks night should stop, just think about and be prepared for when they don’t like them.

As a young child I didn’t like big bangs and would often cry because of how much they made me jump. Children can become used to fireworks, over time but can be a shock to them at first.

Don’t put them too near, we made that mistake. He wasn’t so so close that he could touch them in anyway as they had fences blocking the way to the fireworks, but try not to get them too close, the further away the less of the shock it can be.

If they become hysterical take them away until they have calmed down.

Be careful of sparklers, many a kid I remember as a child seeing adverts about kids touching sparklers and burning their hands, try and use glow sticks as a alternative instead or use glow up toys.

So if you are going to fireworks evening keep safe and never beat yourself up over it because they didn’t like it.

Never show them your fear the best you can, as this can rub off on them. Try and make them excited about fireworks, but keeping their safety in mind aswell.

If there is a bonfire, keep at a good distance so they can still see it, but they don’t get too hot.

Bring refreshments for the evening if there aren’t any there or give them their dinner beforehand if possible.

Wrap them up as it can be quite cold in the evenings. With Henry I put on two layers, a long sleeved t-shirt, jeans and a padded jacket, with some comfy shoes and woolly socks on.

So where are you going to fireworks or have you already been and you have some tips and advice to share I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X