Outdoor Activities For Children During Lockdown

I now have no idea what week we are on in lockdown but I do know that during this time we have all been trying to find ways of coping with being around each other 24 hours a day and for me I have found structure is key and trying to give the children some kind of home learning has been a must.

I am no teacher and so with the help of work set by school and the wonders of the internet I have been trying to find ways to keep the children happy and engaged.

We have been lucky to have been blessed with this wonderful weather and have tried to utilise this as much as possible and taking our home learning outside.

  • Most homeschooling activities can be done outside as it allows children to have freedom of movement, increases their physical development, helps build towards a healthy and activity lifestyle and hopefully makes them happier and more motivated to learn.
  • I have compiled a few of our favourite activities below and hope you find something that’s a good fit for your family to try:

    Den Building – The boys love building dens, so this was a great excuse to get something set up in the garden where they could play and read independently.

    Skipping – Skipping is a great way to get them using their gross motor skills as well as burning off a lot of steam!

    Climbing Tree – This is great for them to challenge their dexterity and build their confidence.

    Digging In The Dirt – All kids love to dig around in the dirt and without knowing it they are getting a real sensory experience. From making mud pies to hiding and finding different objects this is a great exercise.

    Getting Out For A Walk – The government is still allowing us out for 39 mins exercise a day, and we can use this time to clear our heads, strike up conversations to check that your little ones are coming with this situation and make it into a game by spotting different things on the way.

    • Planting – It’s the perfect time to plant seeds and flowers in the garden which can turn into a science lesson by talking about the lifestyle of plants and then drawing and labelling what you have planted.

    • Still Life Painting – There are so many things that can be painted in the garden, just pick something that catches your eye and get painting.

    • Rough And Tumble – This might not be for everyone, but my youngest two literally can’t keep their hands off each other; so for me allowing them to battle it out for a while works. It’s a way for them to relive stress, read social cues, make decisions on their own and of course have a good cardio workout!

    • Nature Collage – Take some time to walk around the garden and pick up anything you find interesting to create a masterpiece with.

    • Painting With Water – A big pot of water, some paint brushes and some space on the patio, a wall or a fence will allow children to create their own murals with no mess at all.

    • Shadow Drawing – Grab some paper and some objects that will create good shadows…our favourites are dinosaurs; position them on the paper so that the sunlight casts a shadow on the paper and the draw around the shadow.

    • Make A Bug Hotel – Find a space in the garden where you can put together as pike of bricks, logs, sticks, tiles and just about anything else mini beasts can create a home. The children can then go back and take a look at the insects and write up their finding.

    • Scavenger Hunt – Write a list of all kinds of different objects you might find outside such as leaves, flowers, rocks and set the kids a challenge to find them all.

    Bug Hunt – Lift up rocks, dig around in the leaves and see what insects you can find and them write down and discuss your findings.

    Tree And Leaf Rubbing – Grab some paper and crayons and find all kinds of different tree barks and leaves to rub over with the crayons and compare the different textures.

    Giant Bubbles – If you have a tuff tray or something large enough to hold a hula hoop then make up a bubble mixture using washing up liquid and water. Place the hula hoop inside and make as many giant bubbles as you can.

    Outdoor Gym – Nature gives us a huge array of items we can use to build our own outside gym which allows the children to left off steam and build gross motor skills. Stepping stones from logs, a rope placed between two objects to limbo under, a bench to do tricep dips from a just a few ideas. Let me know what else you would use!

    Camp Bestival In Pictures 2018

    The summer is drawing to a close now and I can honestly say it’s been an awesome one with so much fabulous weather and all kinds of adventures for us it a real shame that it has to end.

    I am however really grateful to have captured so many of these moments on camera with some of my favourite times being at this years Camp Bestival.

    A picture really does paint a thousand words and I hope this little collection gives to an insight into what an amazing place Camp Bestival is!

    Glam Goo Deluxe Giveaway

    The slime trend is still going strong and has children all over the country absolutely hooked! There are over three million instagram posts available to see and countless Youtube videos that my lot are obsessed with watching.

    A while a ago now my biggest slime fan – Izzy reviewed the fab Glam Goo Deluxe Pack and absolutly loved it, so much so that I have a pack to giveaway to one lucky reader.

    The Glam Goo Pack allows you to customise and decorate your own slime and store it in pretty items of jewellery such as a ring and a glitter purse. As well as looking pretty you can add some scents to it so it smells as well as looks good.

    If this sounds something like your little ones would like then feel free to enter the competition below.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Handprint Flowers: #BostikBloggers

    This months challenge for BostikBloggers was based on flowers. As I had chosen a more complicated craft based on a flower for Easter I decided to do something that the little ones could join in with this time.

    Handprint Flowers

    What you need:

    Coloured Card
    Wooden Skewers
    Thin Green Paper
    Textured Green Felt
    Scicorrs
    Glue
    Sellotape

    First take your coloured card and draw round your little ones hands.

    Next cut out the handprints to form the flower head and put to one side.

    Next take your wooden skewers and wrap in a little of the thin, green paper and fix along the edge with glue to create a flower stem.

    Whilst the glue is drying draw varied leaf shapes on the felt and cut out ready to attach to the stem.

    Once the glue has dried on the stem attach the hand prints to one end with a couple of strips of sellotape.

    On the other end of the stem take a little glue and attach the leaves that you have cut out.

    Once the glue has hardened the flowers are all good to go. My boys decided to give theirs to their Nanny, who would you gift yours too?

    Paper Plate Peacock Fan: #BostikBloggers

    The theme for this months Bostik Bloggers challenge was birds and flight and to be honest it left me a little stumped for a while and everything that came into my head involved hand painting and I wasn’t feeling up for the mess that this always creates!

    I then thought I could revolve the craft around one on my favourite birds…the majestic peacock and here’s how we got on.

    Paper Plate Peacock Fan

    What you will need:

    Small paper plate
    Blue foam sheet
    Green crepe paper
    Blue tissue paper
    Yellow foam sheet
    Blue feather
    Two googley eyes
    Wooden stick
    Glue
    Scissors
    Sellotape

    Firstly take the green crepe paper and cut around 14 small circles to cover the edge of the plate. Then take the blue tissue paper and cut a large circle to create the body and finally the blue foam and cut a smaller circle to make the head.

    Once the circles are complete then the the yellow foam and cut a small triangle to make the beak and cut the top of the feather to make it a little shorter to be a good fit.

    Next take the paper plate and put it onto the table with the back facing upwards and attach the wooden stick with a couple of pieces of sellotape.

    Next take the green circles and cover the outer edge of the plate to form the feathers.

    Once all the feathers are in place put the tissue paper circle at the bottom of the plate to make the body and then the foam circle above to create the head.

    Now that the main part is complete glue the beak into the centre of the head with the eyes just above this and the feather in the centre of the head.

    The last thing to do now is to cut small sections of the blue tissue paper and scrunch into little balls and attach them to the centre of the feathers with a little glue.

    And there you have it, your very own peacock fan!

    Pop Out Tulip Easter Card #BostikBloggers

    The first glimpses of spring have started to show over the past few weeks from longer evenings and sunny spells to my favourite blooms showing their pretty heads.

    Daffodils and tulips are my absolute favs and with Easter not to far away I thought I would create a card that sums up the beauty and brightness of spring with a pop out tulip card for my #BostikBloggers project this month.

    Pop Out Tulip Easter Card

    What you need:

    Ready made blank card and envelope
    Yellow card
    Green card
    Pencil
    Glue stick

    Firstly take the yellow card and draw the shape of six tulip heads of the same size, then take the green card and draw four leaves and one stem for the bottom of the tulip.

    Cut out each of the components and discard of the rubbish.

    Take each tulip head and make a fold down the centre of each one, then take the glue stick and apply glue to one side and stick another of the heads to each side.

    When they are all attached stick the flower into the top centre of the blank card.

    From the bottom on the flower head stick the stem to the card. Then take the leaves and bend them slightly at the top and stick to the bottom of the stem.

    Once everyone is in place then the card is complete.

    * I was given a craft box from Bostik for the purpose of this review.

    Hanging Hearts For Valentine’s with #BostikBloggers

    Crafts are something that sadly got sidelined a little last year and something I have really missed doing with the children. Life seemed to get so hectic that sitting down to be creative was always put on the back burner; so I was really pleased when I was asked to become a Bostik Blogger for 2018 as it has given us all a great opportunity to put of thinking caps on and let our creative juices flow once again.

    Now that Christmas is over the house is feeling empty with the distinct lack of decorations filling each and every corner, so with Valentine’s Day just round the corner there is no better excuse to fill the house with pretty things once again.

    The lovely people at Bostik sent a box brimming with pink and glitter that I was itching to get up around the house.

    I decided upon hanging hearts that would look great hanging from the branch in my conservatory that had been looking pretty sparse since the baubles had been taken down, but they would look equally great hanging from just about anywhere you fancy.

    Take a look below at how we got on and have a go if its something you think you fancy:

    Valentine’s Hanging Hearts

    What You Need –

    Glitter foam sheet
    Corrugated card
    Brown card
    String
    Felt hearts
    Jewel hearts
    Patterned paper
    Glue dots
    Glue stick
    Scissors
    Hole punch

    With these hearts there really is no right or wrong way to decorate them. Once the basic heart is made then simply use your imagination to decorate however you wish.

    Start off with either paper, card or foam sheet to simply draw on a heart to the size of your choice and cut out ready for the next step. You can have a variety of different sizes like me or more uniformed if that would be your preference.

    Next up you need to get your hole punch and make a hole just under the dip in the heart. This then makes it ready to thread through a small length of string to make a loop to make it ready for hanging.

    Lastly is where the real fun starts! pick a variety of different paper, foam, felt of jewel hearts and attach to the main hearts with glue dots of the use of a glue stick.

    They are now ready to adoren the house in time for all your Valentine’s celebrations.

    *We were given a craft box for the purpose of this post.

    Family Friendly Shopping With Whitgift And Centrale Shopping Centres

    I have had a love for shopping since before I can even remember. I loved trawling the shops with my Mum as a small child and spent every Saturday looking at the new clothes that were hitting the shelves as a teen.

    As my family grew though my love for shopping dwindled.

    The stress hits me as soon as we get in the car with the anticipation of how the children are going to behave.

    They usual don’t disappoint and by the time we hit the first shop I have already had a toliet request, a need for imidiate food and the dreaded ‘how much longer’ question.

    Last week we were asked along by Centrale and Whitgift shopping centres to see what they had to offer in the way of family shopping.

    First port of call was Build A Bear which is always a winner with my children.

    Children get the opportunity to select a bear of their choice from a huge selection, stuff them full of fluff using the super cool machine and dress them up in an outfit of choice.

    This whole process is done with the help of the friendly staff that make it even more special by adding games and activities to do along the way.

    Next stop was Zara which was always going to be a little trickier as it wasn’t going to be nearly as much fun as building your own bear.

    Zara is my favourite high street shop as it covers something for the whole family, is bang on trend and is very reasonably priced. 

    To take the boredom out of clothes shopping I let him have his own little catwalk show and have a hand in choosing an outfit for me too.

    Kids need to feel included and I know how hard this can be but by giving them a little responsibility can go a long way.

    The last treat was a trip to Weenies kids club in Whitgift Shopping Centre.

    Right in the middle of the shopping complex was a whole area dedicated to littlies.

    To join in with the activities you must be a member that is easy to subscribe to online and completly free. The sessions can then be booked within minutes by using the Centrale PLUS app.

    Once they are signed up the have access to all the session that are put on during the holidays and on selected weekends throughout the year, plus discounts on a number of retail outlets for parents and children.

    Frankie was able to get up close and personal with a huge array of animals from chicks to frogs, snakes to rabbits.

    There were crafts to join in with, story competitions to complete and face painting fun.

    I really was astounded by this event. The friendly staff keep the children engaged throughout the whole session and they got so much out of it and for absolutely no cost.

    I came away from the day with a fresh new outlook on taking the kids shopping.

    Whitgift and Centrale offer a complete package for families and with a little bit of forethought and planning it really doesn’t have to be the nightmare I always imagine it to be.

    *collaborated post.

    Chocolate Playdough Sweets For Valentine’s Day 

    I am literally going stir crazy this weekend staying in with the children due to number five’s chicken pox!

    The only thing for it was get crafting and with Valentine’s Day just round the corner I thought I would try something that would allow the kids to get involved in the celebrations too.

    Mine always love playdough so I made an allergy friendly chocolate playdough that they could create chocolates from and wrap up to use in role play.

    I used the same recipe that I use for my lavender playdough and just substituted the lavender for cocco powder.

    It literally smelt good enough to eat and I had to stop the boys several times from doing so!


    They had great fun rolling the balls to form the chocolates but had more fun creating poo!


    When the balls were ready I popped them into the freezer for a while to harder up and then wrapped up in a square of cellophane and finished off with a piece of ribbon tied into a bow.


    If this looks like something you fancy trying out yourself then take a look at this really simple recipe:

    Chocolate Playdough

    • 150g gluten free plain flour
    • 50g salt
    • 2tbsps oil
    • 150g water
    • 4tbsps cocco powder
    1. Place all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
    2. Add the oil and then slowly add the water until the playdough forms a ball.

    Creating A Wintery Scene


    The first lot of creative homework came home with number four last week and whilst some of my friends recoiled at the thought I was more than happy to get going with it!

    I was never one for the academic side of things at school and have always found I took in much more information through hands on, creative projects.

    I do however still find it a little hard to let the children have free reign when it comes to crafts and always go at them with a very ‘hands on’ approach!

    They were set the task of a winter scene and I immediately thought of snow covered houses and glitter.

    Being out of glitter I had to settle for spray snow and this is how we made our little snowy town.

    You will need:


    • 6/7 toilet roll tubes
    • A hard base such as cardboard 
    • White felt to cover base
    • PVA glue
    • White paint
    • Spray snow
    • Thin white card or paper
    • Battery operated tea lights
    1. Firstly get yourself a firm base of cardboard or thin plastic and attach white felt in a rough fashion to create a bed of snow. 
    2. Get your toilet roll tubes and trim down so that they are all slightly different heights. 
    3. Take a pair of sharp scissors(adults only) and cut out small windows near the centre of the tube.
    4. At one end of the tube create small cuts all the way round and splay out to make a firm base.
    5. Paint all the tubes with the white paint and allow to dry.
    6. Whilst they are drying draw around a mug onto the card and cut out to make a circle.
    7. Make a small triangular cut from the outside of the circle to the circle. Turn the circle onto itself to create a cone for the roof of the houses.
    8. Once dry position the tubes onto the base and attach with the glue.
    9. Pop a tea light inside each tube, place on the cone roof and create a dusting of snow with the spray snow.