We are in our first week of the summer holidays. I have arranged a couple of short days of childcare for about 2/3 rds of the holidays (the rest either the childminder is away or we are). Other than that we are planning a long, slow summer. My main hope is to be able to slow down, connect on my kid’s level and enjoy being present in the moment. I want to slow my daily rhythm, limit our social engagements, limit travel and allow plenty of time for long slow walks, kid-paced activities and blobbing about in the garden or on the beach (which for us is only 10 minutes away). I want simple, easy to set up activities that we'll both enjoy doing together (or give me a little break!). The school holidays give us the perfect opportunity to practice this when there are fewer external demands. which is where this project comes in...
NEW -E Guide for the summer holidays!
Many of you know that earlier this year Natasha and I developed and launched our very first E-Course, Stitch + Forage which is all about having a slow, mindful summer, on a budget. In honour of the summer holidays we have decided to split off the kids section and make it into it's own mini E-Guide. We have also redesigned it so it looks quite whizzy!
A Soulful Summer With Kids
- £8 + vat
- Simple, joyful and affordable things to do with kids this summer
- A Simple Summer Bucket List
- Simple Garden Activities
- Water Play Ideas
- Simple Kids Beach Activities
- Stuff to do on rainy or Indoor Days
- Colour spotting printable
- Airport Bingo Printable designed by Emilie Maguin
- Camping Bingo with Emilie Maguin
- Long Journey Bingo designed by Emilie Maguin
- Little Bug Bingo designed by Emilie Maguin
- Outside Bingo designed by Emilie Maguin
- Creating A Summer Nature Table
- BONUS EXTRA MATERIAL! The Joy Of Camping
- BONUS EXTRA MATERIAL! Camping Packing List
- Summary and action points
- £8 + vat
As a bonus extra, we have included the camping section from the "Gather" module too- a meaty feature all about the joys of camping with kids, plus our packing list, and an amazing "Camping Bingo" by Emilie Maguin. The E Guide is £8 and designed to be super super practical, with direct links, how to's, printables and lists. Here is a small excerpt from the E-Guide to whet your whistle...
Whether you’re planning 6 weeks of nomadic wild camping, or a slow, home-based summer juggling work and childcare, there are always days where you feel out of ideas to entertain kids, or where everyone feels uninspired, bored and grouchy. But what if you don’t want to buy yet more toys or spend a fortune on theme parks, holidays and day trips? I mined the deep and fiercely inventive group-brain of my fellow parent friends and have pulled together a list of really simple things to do with children that wont break the bank, and that can be done wherever you are this summer. Frankie-Rose and I have come up with our own bucket list this summer (it's since been added too quite a lot) and here it is!
A Simple Summer Bucket List
- Pick wild flowers. Take your kids somewhere they can pick their own wild flowers (responsibly) and put them in a little vase or jar in their bedroom.
- Swim outside. Find your nearest river/lake/outdoor pool on wildswimming.co.uk and pack waterproof sandals (we adore our Saltwaters) Bring a bucket, small bag or basket for ‘treasure’ collecting.
- Paddle in the sea (there is a whole section on beach activities in the guide!).
- Go camping! Borrow a tent and gear from a friend if you don't have it already and head out for few nights under the canvas. All the fresh air and (fingers crossed) sunshine are extremely invigorating, as is all the extra exercise. Time away from gadgets and some time to reconnect with nature will leave you and the kids feeling relaxed and refreshed.
- Make a fire in the garden, on a beach, or at a campsite and just sit and relax. There is something gloriously meditative about doing nothing other than gazing at the flickering flames of a fire. Kids will love collecting wood and toasting marshmallows. (There is an in-depth guide to fire building in our stitch + forage Make module. )
- Eat outside, as much as you can, whether it’s taking your kid’s bowl of cereal outside for 10 minutes of sunshine first thing, or a more elaborate barbecue with friends. Eating outside is one of the best things about summer living.
- Play with water! ( there is a whole section on water play ideas in the guide!)
- Visit your nearest (free if possible) large garden or estate. It’s always a joy to see honeysuckle, hydrangea, rambling rose and the like in full bloom over summer. Kids will enjoy racing about in there too. (Bring a colour-spotting game to help keep them entertained – there's one in the guide)
- Get out in the garden with your kids as much as you can, no matter what state it’s in. Give it some time and energy and it will repay you 10 fold (lots more in the guide).
- Make ice lollies or ice cream (I love these moulds and HERE is a simple recipe). Blend foraged berries with coconut yogurt and pour it into the moulds to freeze. Or blend tinned mangoes and almond/cow milk, either way is easy and delicious!
You can read more about Stitch + Forage, and A Soulful Summer With Kids right here.
So, happy Summer Holidays to you! How are yu feeling about them?! Any questions, please ask!