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Play-Doh Fun with the Kiddies

Half term is over and the kiddies went back to school yesterday. It was a very busy half term week with us making the most of the lovely sunshine. We spent plenty of time outdoors with the twins riding their bikes and scooters. We also visited a soft play centre and our local playground. The kids enjoy being outside, especially my son. He could spend the whole day outside if I let him. My daughter on the other hand loves the outdoors but would be happy to stay indoors all day if I wanted too.

I enjoyed the time outdoors myself and I am seriously missing them now that they have resumed school. Always good to make the most of the holidays when they come. Are you in the UK? How was your half term week?

 

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The kiddies also spent time playing with their new Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Set. They enjoyed making donuts and all sorts of Play-Doh food. It was fun to watch them in their element, it never gets old.

 

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They made a proper mess of the floor but it was worth it. They played with the set for almost 2 hours. I was amazed at how much attention and determination they put into creating Play-Doh creations. Normally, they play with a new toy for a few minutes (an hour tops if it is a great toy) for the first time, before tossing it away for something else, but this was different. I am not too surprised because I know how much they love playing with Play-Doh, but I think their love for the brand has increased since they started primary school.

They play with Play-Doh a lot at school as it helps with the pencil grip. My 5-year-old son previously had issues with that like many boys his age do, but he has now improved massively. His handwriting is also a lot better now which is amazing.

 

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Are your kids fans of Play-Doh? Have they tried the Kitchen Creations Set?

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Types of parents you will meet at the soft play centre and playground

The half term week is almost over and we have had a lovely time. It has been a week of relaxation, fun and games, and I think the kiddies are now ready for the other half of the term. I am not a huge of soft play centres. They are usually overcrowded and just too much. But the kiddies love them, so we go as often as we can. This half term, we have been to a soft play centre and our local playground a couple of times. I feel the same way about playgrounds but I prefer them a bit more than the soft play spots. I have encountered all sorts of parents at soft play centres and playgrounds.

 

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Here are a few of the types of parents I have come across –

 

The working from anywhere parent

I see these parents with their laptops and phones, working like their life depends on it, with a cup of coffee. It amazes me how they get any work done with all the noise and chaos going on. I don’t see myself ever bringing a laptop to get some work done at soft play. It just won’t up, I won’t get any work done. The most I do is send emails on my iPhone when I have a moment. Anything more than that will have to wait until I get home.  I wonder how these people do what they do.

 

Parents that completely ignore their kids

This is the most common type of parent I find at the soft play and playground and it annoys me so much. Many of the parents I come across are too busy  chatting away to pay attention to their kids. Their kids are completely ignored by their parents and this can be frustrating for other parents and kids.

 

The Regulars/Cliques

These are the mummies and daddies (but usually mummies) that come in groups. You will likely spot a group every time you go to one. They take up all the available chairs and tables, and make their presence known with the loud voices and laughter.

 

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The attentive parent

I fall in this category without a doubt. The thought of my kids hurting themselves or others makes me watch them from a distance like a hawk. I always want to know where they are and what sort of play they are doing. Working, chatting away or falling asleep in the soft play is something I can’t see myself doing ever. Kids like to run wild and they do just that at the soft play, so my eyes have to be on them every time. I don’t think I can ever be any other type of parent when they are this young. When they are old enough, they won’t be interested in soft play as much I think.

 

 

What are your thoughts on this? Have you come across any of these parents in soft play centres or at the playground? Do sound off in the comments section below, let’s chat. Thanks for reading. Have a lovely weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

What to do with the kids for half term when you don’t drive

Half term is here and at last, and we are excited to get a break from school. The kids have had a good few weeks at school, but have been very tired as well. So this half term break is needed. Although I have my car, I currently don’t drive (can’t drive on my own) because I am yet to pass my driving practical test. The plan is to get that sorted in the next few months. I am currently taking 2 hours driving lessons every week, and I am also driving outside those hours, so my confidence is growing. The lessons are going really well. I am looking forward to smashing the driving test but the reality for now is cabs/trains to get out and about when alone.

Many parents secretly dread half term weeks and the big summer break because they never know what to do with the kids. So the privileged amongst us always make sure we have all sorts of activities planned so the kids don’t drive them mad.

 

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No plans this half term?

Well, this half term, we have no major plans. And with me not being able to drive without M (he will be at work), it means our activities are quite limited. I am dreading the half term week and the kids are not bothered they won’t be going away. It is the fact so being bothered won’t change it anyway. But I need to think outside the box in order to keep the twins busy.

Last half term in October, we spent it in Portugal, and we had a lovely time exploring the city of Algarves. This half term we were tempted to go for a short break in a different city in the UK, but decided not to for many reasons. So this half term will be spent at home with us relaxing and taking it easy activities wise.

Here are some fun things we plan to do this half term –

 

Go for walks

The weather has been good here in Cheshire for the last couple of days, and I hope it continues to be good. We have long walks planned in for the half term break. We will put on comfy shoes and coats, and head out exploring our little village. The kiddies love going for walks, especially my son, so we will be doing a lot of that. We will also be getting out the bikes and scooters for some fun rides.

 

Swimming

The kiddies have swimming lessons planned out. They are learning to swim and developing the skills they need, so we will be have more of the lessons this half term week. The swimming centre is not too far away, so a short taxi or bus ride would work.

 

Indoor play

There will be a lot of Indoor play this half term. The kids never really have the time to play with their toys as they are very tired after school and homework. So they will be making the most of the free time they have this week, which will hopefully allow me get some peace and quiet.

 

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Meet-up with friends

It is always nice spending quality time with friends and family. We will be meeting up with friends during the week, and playing catch up over a cup of tea. It should be fun.

Working on their new skills

My children are now free readers. They are reading and writing amazingly well for the age, and they enjoy practising. Which is why they are always happy to pick up a book from their bookshelves to read. You can also easily find them colouring in their colouring books, playing with some play-doh, or writing on their writing pads. I know a good couple of hours will be spent doing these activities this week.

 

Outdoor play

We are blessed to live in a great neighbourhood with 2 playgrounds very close to us. We will be visiting both playgrounds for some outdoor fun this week. I know the kids would spend hours doing this if I left them. I am hoping I won’t have to drag them home when it is home time.

 

Soft play

The kiddies love soft play centres, so we will be visiting a couple this half term week. They never get tired of running around the centre and I can have some peace (hopefully) watching them from a distance. We have some soft play centres not too far away from us.

 

If you don’t drive, what plans do you have for the kids this half term? If you do drive, please share your plans in the comments section as well.

Thanks for reading. Have a great week.

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