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After spending the summer holidays with the children, it was a bit of a shock to the system when we all went back to school and work and no longer had long days together to do what we wanted. I find the hours between the school pick up and bedtime can go by so quickly, so I have been trying to make the most of this time and find activities to enjoy with the children when they get in from school.
The kids absolutely love to draw. They even take their colouring pencils along with them when we go out for the day, and I encourage them to be creative as much as possible as I love seeing what they come up with. As a STABILOUK ambassador, we are fortunate enough to be sent plenty of pens, pencils, highlighters and coloured pens and pencils for the children to use, and it has been lovely sitting down and seeing what everybody draws.
Arts & Crafts
Similarly, arts and crafts can be a really fun activity to get the children involved in after sitting down at school all day. The kids have boxes filled with felt balls, pipe cleaners, tissue paper, card, confetti etc. and they love nothing more than getting creative and presenting us with their finished pieces.
Board Games & Puzzles
My family as a whole are very into board games. When we get together, we always end up playing games, and the children also love to play. We have built up a good collection over the past few years and, as the days get shorter and the nights colder, I am looking forward to sitting together in the lounge playing games and putting together puzzles before bed.
With Netflix, Amazon Prime and a good collection of DVDs, we have lots of films to watch as a family. I love making ‘family film nights’ where we get cosy under the blankets and watch a film with some snacks such as popcorn, chocolate buttons, strawberries and marshmallows. It’s a cheaper, easier alternative to going out to the cinema and the children love it.
The children all love books and we have been making regualr trips to the local library over the past few months to pick up some new reading material. I am also sent a fair few books as part of my work as a blogger, which is really nice for the children. It is so important to read with children as they grow up, and I hope they will enjoy it for years to come.
I couldn’t miss walks off the list as it is one of my favourite free activities to enjoy with the children. We go for walks all over locally, including to the New Forest and the beach, but we don’t have to head to far afield to get some fresh air after school – the local fields and parks are great to walk around, and I find the fresh air and exercise really helps with my mental health.
Some of the items featured in this post have been gifted for previous or future posts, however all words and images are my own.