Tuesday, 29 July 2014

#StressFreeHoliday Our Experience and Competition

Well I have stumbled through week one of the summer holidays; we have been to the circus, a fair, had friends over and had the paddling pool out as much as possible.  The boys both had early morning swimming lessons for the first week those finished on Friday, it was a good start to the day as it got us up and out earlier and it was lovely seeing them making progress.  Gym club continues for youngest one day a week so it’s nice to still have something organised he can go to regularly and see his friends.

But overall yes the summer holidays are stressful and mainly very expensive.  My boys badger for this, that and everything!  A trip outside the house is an onslaught of requests for “things” or “snacks”.  So it was fabulous to keep them home one day to get through a wonderful package from stressfreeprint.  


They must have heard me rocking in a corner and thought I needed back up!  Fortunately the contents of the delivery did aid me in creating a #StressFreeHoliday.  I have lots of ideas from the book to get crafting, the boys are looking forward to their ice lollies setting and we have planted the seeds.  They can also give it a go at playing action photographers with the disposable camera.


I know full well we have to hang on and treasure every moment with our children as they grow up so quickly!  But at the same time I hold my hand up and admit it can be hard, my two like fighting so structured activities that focus their minds help considerably.  I also know that if our veggies actually grow the boys will be immensely proud because they did that!  


My dad even came to help the other day; he was my knight in shining armour trying to distract the boys from their one-upmanship competitions and petty squabbles.  I love my boys but gosh it can be tough being at home all the time.  So I think stressfreeprint are my new best friends for giving me the entertainment they needed to stop wrestling for an afternoon!

If you would like to win the exact same kit to enjoy with your children and hopefully get some peace in the process then please kindly fill out the rafflecopter below by the 20th of August.

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152 comments:

  1. Invest in a paddling pool, it will keep the kids happy for hours every day and will keep you sane x

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  2. Have a few DVD's for when you need some quiet time

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  3. Ye gads, I need this in my life! Two very busy little boys in this house! *rocks in corner*

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  4. We got a sandpit so hopefully they will be playing in that a lot!

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  5. Going on a day out once a week,something local,then doing things like visiting family,going swimmig, to the park, meetin up wih friends

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  6. Everyone get as much fresh air as possible, helps everyone sleep better.

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  7. Do a little research and then take the kids on a local walk/treasure hunt looking at the local history and sights. You can also make it a nature hunt. If you've found out whats in the area already then it's a great way to pass the knowledge onto your kids.

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  8. Have some indoor games and activities ready for when it rains

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  9. christy golding29 July 2014 at 21:33

    keep them busy.... keep it cheap.
    water fights, geocaching and english heritige are our favourites....though cos daddy is a postman we get into english heritage for free....but many arent expensive and have special childrens activities over the holidays

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  10. We have lots of jigsaw puzzles and colouring books for when the weathers rubbish but when its nice we like to go for walks down by the canal with our dogs or play football in the garden. x

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  11. Have some fun packs made up for indoors for days when the weather isn't too good

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  12. We've been painting, chalking, having fun at the water table and in the sandpit and that was just today.

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  13. use old charity bags as "sacks" and do a sack race

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  14. We pick a letter per week and find as many activities, stories, foods etc we can that begin with that letter - it turns into a combination of a treasure hunt and a learning adventure - we even do silly things like a google image search for the letter to see how many different ways there are of writing it!

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  15. Take them swimming or if your close to the beach like me swimming in the sea, fishing in rock pools and crabbing keeps them happy for hours, for indoor fun play doh all the way!

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  16. Try to go out somewhere everyday to break the day up- park library anywhere!!

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  17. Wow 2have a stress free summer... Bliss!

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  18. Make use of public librarys! Not only is it free, most have activities for the kiddies to do!

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  19. enjoy your children and make an "I'm bored" jar so if they get to a point where they feel bored then they take out 1 piece of paper from the jar. Every single piece of paper will have an activity printed on it (they can be fun activities or not so fun chores, etc)

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  20. The internet has many activity sheets, colouring sheets and masks you can print off hours of fun.

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  21. Take the kids out into the countryside, beach or even local park. Take a ball, a rug, few sandwiches and drinks and there you have a cheap day out and the fresh air and exercise makes your children fitter and sleep better! If it is wet, encourage them to help you bake a pie for dinner or a cake for tea - you would have been doing it anyway so another money saving activity!

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  22. the national trust is a good place to look, lots of low cost/free activities going on in the holidays

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  23. Do lots of craft activites - its cheap and can be adapted for kids of different ages!

    Ashleigh

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  24. Invest in a big paddling pool and get some water guns as all kids love water play, trips to the park with a picnic doesn't cost anything and arrange a day trip out once a week

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  25. My children have a holiday folder. I also do them a chart with both fun things and good behaviour. X

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  26. I think the summer is quite a stress free time, the children just play outside most of the time.

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  27. Buy a trampoline, keeps them entertained for ages ( Melanie M )

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  28. lots of colouring books and crayons or felt tip pens. Sit down and draw with them a bit then leave them to it while doing the housework or relaxing with a much needed cuppa

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  29. A pot of water and a big paint brush, keeps my kids busy for ages painting pictures on the patio

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  30. let them play out as much as possible

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  31. Outdoors a football and a frisbee..indoors home made play doh

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  32. feeding the ducks in the park
    from samantha price

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  33. keep the kids active to run off some steam

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  34. I love your blog name, sounds just like me,a long walk, x

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  35. Baking... lots of baking!
    (Samantha Wheeler)

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  36. During the warm weather, send them outside with squeezy bottles full of water, it's free, and they have a great time!

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  37. Take a picnic down to the local park, it is cheap and a good way for children to burn off energy.

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  38. so far we have been to local summer fair, had picnics in the park, baked cupcakes, done painting nails & facepacks and we plan to do stick n glue fun this week :)

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  39. Don't be afraid to stay home! Carpet picnics, movie afternoons with hot chocolate and popcorn, den building, water fights, treasure hunts and decorating cookies/cupcakes are all good fun for little ones! And free or cheap!

    @rachiegr

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  40. laura jayne bates30 July 2014 at 22:28

    plenty of days out,picnics and lots of activites to do

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  41. We try and do something different and learn something new every day, treasure hunts, days out, playing in the garden, DVDs, making up plays/stories and then keep a diary/scrapbook of everything that we have done :)

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  42. Make the most of the local park, it's free!!

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  43. a good paddling pool, water guns, baking, painting, bug hunts, play dough, nature trails... the list is endless and it doesn't have to cost a fortune

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  44. me and my mum spend a week in the holidays with my daughter doing quality mum and daughter time. we visit the zoo, go on walks, go to the park, lots of time out and about :)

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  45. visit pound shops, charity shops & discount stores and stock up on cheap activities

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  46. Lots of day trips and fresh air to tire them out.

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  47. Making loom bands, football in the park,

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  48. Book a british weekend away with them so you all have something to look forward to :)

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  49. Remember that the best things don't always cost the most. I bought my niece a huge chalking pencil from the supermarket that cost me £3. It occupied her the whole afternoon!

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  50. painting with water in the garden keeps them entertained for hours

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  51. Make sure your kids have plenty to keep them occupied on days you can't take them out, like colouring books, paints, jigsaws etc

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  52. making birthday cards,watching dvds,play dough,paddling pool and waterslide,

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  53. Encourage time with the grandparents.

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  54. my girls like activity books they can spend hours doing puzzles, colouring and adding numbers.

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  55. My kids will spend hours painting so make sure you have old clothes around or aprons and newspaper to guard your table and minimise the mess.

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  56. Can't beat a little picnic out in the countryside but paddling pools and sandpits are great if you can't get out. Books to read, jigsaws, board games, colouring pencils, paints and paper and maybe the odd DVD are all essential for wet weather entertainment.

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  57. Send them to nannies!! (nanny has a car and we don't so they get to go to places we couldn't take them)

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  58. Take them, a football and the dog onto the beach and leave them to it.

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  59. lots of baking!!! @Amezeylady

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  60. Loom bands are filling all my daughter usual im board time

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  61. Alternate doing days and relaxing days. Keeps them occupied, but not grizzly and tired.

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  62. lots of outside play when the weather is OK and games and puzzles for when its wet

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  63. helping me in the garden
    (Spencer Broadley)

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  64. We had a BBQ and kids helped me put some decorations up round the garden "they'd made" I love the comment with the idea of a "I'm bored jar" brilliant I'm going to make one
    Charmaine

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  65. plan some good days out like pebble collecting on the beach and the next day spend it colouring them in with the kids.

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  66. Pamela says - PLAN AHEAD and invest time in researching what is available for free / cheap days out. Get friends without kids who would like to be involved, or other family members, to take them out etc.

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  67. Plan lots of different days and activities,e.g Baking days,reading days,craft days,outdoor play,dvd day,then of a weekend,go on a day trips as a family

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  68. Try to keep the kids busy, occupied. Ideally plan ahead with a variety of activities. As some are dependent on good weather e.g. picnic outdoors. Whilst arts and crafts can be great fun indoors (so useful for rainy days etc). Be prepared with arts and crafts items, games etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  69. plan ahead with lots of different activities

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  70. try to get out as much as possible and keep a stock of crafty things in for wet days x

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  71. Enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.( Hide and seek or Tag in the woods) Plenty of fresh air and exercise = healthy happy children who sleep well!

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  72. look on pinterest as there are lots of great ideas to do with kids

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  73. We did footprint painting and baking last weekend, great fun!

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  74. Check out the internet and local notice boards for free activities going on near you!

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  75. Treasure trails are fantastic...they cost £6.99 and there are loads of them to choose from. The kids love them.

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  76. we go on walks looking for new wildlife and have a picnic. We pretend were adventures and have got lost and then try and find our way home its always hours of fun :D

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  77. Fine days go to park, we have 3 near us. Rainy days grandson loves his lego, also watching dvds

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  78. Picnics in the park and outdoor games :)

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  79. just relax, let them have fun and make a mess. It will clean up later!

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  80. Get them to keep a treasure book so they can keep track on what they find. Its great to record bug hunts and see how it changes each day, plus they can draw pictures of things they find too.

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  81. Do a treasure hunt round the garden (or house if the weather is bad!)

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  82. Pam Francis Gregory18 August 2014 at 07:26

    Have some DVDs ready in case it rains & they can't play footie!

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  83. A paddling pool and sand pit and hopefully some sun

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  84. buy new board game, for all family

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  85. Have plenty of movies to watch together as a family, invest in a new board game, plan ahead for days out and spread them out... We find that a couple of days indoors and then a day or two out and about works well as the kids don't get time to get bored x

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  86. we got a pool and they havent stopped using it :) x

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  87. Lot's of cheap toys, puzzles and games. Whenever the kids are going stir crazy I brig out a new jigsaw puzzle or other treat from the pound shop.

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  88. We go to our local park as often as possible it really breaks up the day is a healthy walk in the fresh air and best of all its free

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  89. Get out as much as you can when the weather is nice, save all the inside activities for rainy/poorly days :) x

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  90. Have fun, don't forget to play yourself!

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  91. go outdoors, my kids go stir crazy if they stay indoors too long (me too for that matter)

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  92. Regular trips to the park and other outings

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  93. We have just got a sandpit, they'll enjoy that.

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  94. Get a very large cardboard box. We spent a week making one into a model washing machine

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  95. Keep them busy. We make a list of things that everyone would like to do and try and do them all.

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  96. Have a theme to explore over the holiday

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  97. picnics in the garden are free and great fun

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  98. Check out any free activities in your local area.A family railcard is also a great way of enjoying days out for less.

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  99. Give the kids some old sheets and blankets to make dens at the bottom of the garden or at the back of the sofa- endless fun. Especially if they can make their snack food and have a picnic in there.

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  100. get your kids to think of what they want to do, then have them plan your activities

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  101. Water fights and paddling pool if you have the weather!

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  102. We love summer holidays, outdoor games, disney films and baking on rainy days :)

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  103. Keep your kids busy, hopefully outside if the weather is good.

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  104. Take them to as many activities that they'd enjoy as possible. And when not going to things, a paddling pool if the weather's good or crafts for bad weather. My daughter always loves making things from salt-dough, which is cheap and easy to do, but gives her loads of enjoyment.

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  105. do some walking treasure hunts - free and easy - like the old ispy books used to be!

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  106. Pottering about in the garden as a family is good

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  107. Treasure hunts - we take it in turns to create them inside and outside

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  108. I put my daughter to work at my allotment, she loves making mud pies and helping with the chickens

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  109. Den building in woods - with sticks! Free family fun :)

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  110. We like going to the woods and building dens, take a picnic, a blanket and some raincoats and you can stay all day, there's always some shelter in the trees.

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  111. Lots of cheap activities, picnics, long walks, parks etc

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  112. Visit all your local parks

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  113. We like going to the woods and den building.

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  114. We joined the National Trust which is only £70 for the whole family for a year. We have found lots of places to go using the website. Money well spent!

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  115. We have collated a huge craft box of items which I pick up throughout the year when I spot random things on offer.... at least on cold / rainy days they are kept quite for ages.
    On sunny days mine love building dens and having a 'picnic' lunch outdoors x

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  116. we camp out in the garden during summer nights-it's really fun thing for the children.
    dcavender@fsmail.net

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  117. A tent in the garden will keep them amused.

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  118. Keep a few dvds and treats to hand

    trevor linvell

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  119. Come up with plenty of games for car journeys, as that's where a lot of arguments seem to start!!

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  120. Remember kids do need to learn to amuse themselves, make sure they have resources and time to explore things for themselves, times when they get to do and choose what they want, by themselves.

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  121. We lay a large picnic blanket in the garden. It acts a magnet and as an invisible containment area.

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  122. depends whether its raining or the sun is shining - either the garden or the cinema

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  123. I have a craft box for those not so good days then let them get gluing and making

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  124. We go geocaching..it's free you need a gps (although ive heard of people using coordinate maps) just go to geocaching.com sign up and download coordinates. There are millions of these caches all round and many near by. basically if no one knows caches are normally little hidden pots that you sign a logbook to say you found it , but others are bigger and have treasures of travel keys to pass around. Take a picnic its great and you find things you wouldn't have found before.

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  125. Create treasure hunts using chalk and clues that point to map locations. It will get kids learning to problem solve as well as having fun.

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  126. Winning a stress free kit! lol

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  127. Buy a sandpit and leave them to it!

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  128. working in the garden, normally i will allow my son to help me when he gets bored he will skoot around with the dog and if all else fails pack up huice and snacks take dog for a walk, if weather is bad get wellies on and slash in the puddles along with the dog x

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  129. Lorraine Granville20 August 2014 at 16:44

    We like pretend play, we have been cats pirates shop keepers and customers dogs and snails!

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  130. Enjoy the time, they will only be young once. We paint, bake and do lots of puzzles

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  131. Put together a rainy day pack with indoor activities and games so you don't have to think on your feet when the British weather surprises us!

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  132. Take advantage of free workshops and activities at museums/galleries

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  133. A walk in the countryside with activities like seeing how many different birds or wildflowers you can spot :-)

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  134. Go and do some pond dipping that the local country parks usually organise or bat walks, forest school...

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