Keeping two very different children busy for over two weeks is no mean feat. Whilst My Boy is happy to go off and read or use a computer for hours on end (I'd like him to spend more time interacting with us!), Little Miss needs more creative input. I started the holidays with a list of different activities and am pleased to report that it's going well so far.
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We have been thrifting, visited the library, eaten pancakes, taught one of their friends to finger-knit, had a picnic and Little Miss has mastered the crochet chain - she's been carrying her 'stash' around with her ever since.
We also visited two National Trust properties this week - Petworth House (the location of a sunny but very windy picnic) and Nymans. During the holidays there are plenty of volunteers who really help to bring these historic places to life - plus things for the children to do such as puzzles and lego in galleries - so the adults can spend more time looking around - and an Easter Egg hunt, as well as geocaching (and fairy-house spotting) in the grounds.
Someone really enjoyed dressing up as a Scullery Boy and learning all about kitchen life "pre-electricity". He also managed to amuse a gallery full of tourists by asking why the male statues all had their appendages on show - although he used the correct anatomical terms and full volume. Anyway, we had a lot of fun and I'd highly recommend the restaurant and giftshop at Petworth, if you're lucky enough to visit. The kids bought marbles for £1 a bag, which kept them entertained for a while on our return.
The weather has taken a turn for the worse today and I've been looking for inspiration for things to do indoors. The "Shadowbox" is a free project on Creativebug and a great way to preserve the bits and pieces the children like to collect on our walks. I wish I'd seen this before our trips this week, and will definitely be doing this after our summer holidays. I am already wondering if I still have enough things from our last trip to the beach... and where I can get a box frame around here...
Talking of Creativebug*, there are lots of new things coming in April as well as all the existing content - I'm mostly looking forward to a new drawing / illustration course with Heather Ross as I've been doing lots of doodling in the evenings - it's all I have the energy for!
Edie Eckman's Baby Blanket CAL could be fun and is suitable for new crocheters, but too tricky for Little Miss' 5 year old fingers - for the moment, at least. I think she might like to make the cushion pictured instead - it's an iron-on image transfer which is then embellished and looks right up her street. It reminds me of the t-shirt she embellished last year. Luckily, there are lots of other crafts that I think she'll enjoy too - if you have a crafty little madam - or mister - you might like to check out this list.
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