The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

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I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

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Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

I love Lush products, they smell good enough to eat (or #drink) and are amazing. They have a range of handmade soaps that come in all shapes and smells.

This particular soap is called “Parsley Porridge” and it’s packed with antibacterial tea tree infusion, antimicrobial fresh parsley and thyme. Crucially, it also contains fresh aloe gel which helps to soothe your hands and the anti-inflammatory fine ground oatmeal gently exfoliates your hands too.

It’s perfect at the moment, my hands are like reptile skin where I’ve washed them more than normal. This has helped to soothe them and my hands are starting to feel a lot softer.

All of the @lush soaps are self preserving. They are made with natural ingredients that keep the soap clean!

I have also got Karma (my absolute favourite smell) and Sea Vegetable. They all smell INCREDIBLE.

This is not an ad. I bought them all myself. I just think they are amazing products, the company has a good ethos and they even recycle their own pots in its own recycling plant!

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I love Lush products, they...

I was so tired yesterday I completely forgot to post, so this is a capture from our Day 4! That sky is just unreal. I have loved the sun so much, it looks glorious. I think it’s definitely helped get me through the week.

I found it tough yesterday, I think because it’s just non stop. Parent... homeschooling... work... parent. I need to space things out a bit I think so I can chill in-between tasks. The same for the kids. They seemed irritable and frustrated yesterday too.

People keep telling me the kiddies will be home until September, which I really don’t understand. But if that’s the case I’m definitely going to have to consider using some of my annual leave so I can break the weeks up. I can get the kiddies involved in some #diy, and we can spend the day doing fun things together.

How are you finding the homeschooling  and working from home juggle?

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I was so tired yesterday...

Its been lovely to get out and #walk after our homeschooling and working from home plans. I can imagine it would be quite a challenge if we couldn’t get out into the great outdoors.

It was especially nice to get out and make the most of the sunset. The sun has been glorious this week. It’s almost like Mother Nature knew we needed something positive and glorious to keep up our spirits.

Today has been quite stressful, I had to conduct 2 interviews and I was quite paranoid the kiddies would walk in half way through. Thankfully they didn’t! They have no idea what an interview is... 😂 Back to our normal homeschooling routine tomorrow. Phew!

How has everyone else got on today?

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We had PE in the garden this morning, following @thebodycoach #PEWithJoe. It was beautifully sunny and the perfect weather to get outside.

Albeit our garden isn’t finished (Daddy has 1 more day of laying the slabs) and he’s building a flower bed against the fence so it looks prettier... our outside space made me #smile.

It’s amazing how it’s all coming together and how absolutely essential this space will be over the Spring and Summer!

My first day of homeschooling will the kiddies and I’ve had a blast. Haha. I’ve marked their work, said “well done” 9,999 times and managed to get 2 washing loads done!

I am sure this positivity will diminish over the next few weeks, but I’m going to try my best to not let it.

My tips: 📖 Mix up the tasks frequently 🐈 Include the pets 🏡 Get out in the garden as much as possible 💭 Have some quiet time, alone, if you can

Hubby & I are co-homeschooling and working from home. I do homeschooling until lunch then work, and vice versa. It’s going to be tough, as I know already we’ve squealed and been loud whilst Daddy’s been on the phone. But, THIS IS LIFE now and there’s absolutely no point getting worked up about it. 👊🏻 We can do this!

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7 Fun building projects for kids

Kids love to see how things work and craft their own creations, so building is a fun pastime for parents to share with their little ones to have fun and help them develop. Of course, actual construction and real tools can be dangerous for children, so there are only certain kinds of building activities that would be suitable for playtime. Some games like Jenga focus on structural design and challenge you to build properly to maintain the stability of the blocks. Even without a designated board game or special building materials, kids tend to find ways to build things out of whatever they can find. Thus, to keep their hands out of mischief and give yourselves something cool to do as a family, consider the following seven kinds of building projects that are kid-friendly:

1. Toy Boats

Building a toy boat is a good lesson for a child because it teaches them patience and the feeling of building something that is functional and fun to use. Boat building is also an excellent way to teach creativity, as there’s really no limit to the kind of materials and objects you can assemble into a boat or raft. In fact, almost anything will float as long as it has the right density. If your kid is old enough to understand basic math and science, you could show them how to use a density calculator to see if an object is capable of floating.

2. Paper Planes

Anyone can build a paper plane with a bit of instruction and spare time, and there are literally hundreds of different models to build, ranging in difficulty from a few simple folds up to many minutes of careful crafting, so it’s a good mental exercise. Plus, there are a lot of origami and paper plane books and tutorials that will give you countless hours of challenging fun that gradually progresses from basic to advanced. The ongoing learning curve ensures that young people continue to take an interest in the hobby as they delve into building increasingly complicated planes.

3. Sand Castles and Sculptures

While you might be thinking of sand castle building as a very simplistic and childish activity reserved for the beach, it’s actually a widely practiced form of sculpting that has garnered attention from the media and become the center of competitions in recent years. A simple sandbox in your backyard can provide a platform for your child to create small sand sculptures. Sand is lightweight and flexible, so it’s easy for children to work with and mold into any kind of shape.

4. Lego and Block Houses

Building with blocks is straightforward, but it’s a good starting point for younger children and it’s not as complicated as folding paper or building boats, or as dirty as playing in the sand. Plus, Legos come in all sorts of building kits that can be used to create anything from houses to vehicles and even transforming toys. Every toddler should have a set of blocks and Legos to play with to exercise basic logic and reasoning skills. Consider using blocks of many different sizes to make it easier for them to visualize and carry out abstract building decisions.

5. Card Houses and Origami

Building a card house seems easy because there isn’t any heavy lifting involved, but the builder has to be very precise with their hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and the card placement. This can make it a tricky challenge for younger ones, but most kids over the age of 8 should be able to build a basic card house, and from there it’s just a matter of duplicating and stacking to build larger structures. A fun game to play is to stack cards against each other to see who can build the highest card house. Each player stacks three cards per turn, taking turns continuously until one of the houses falls – the player with the most cards stacked wins. You could also add the rule that the loser has to pick up all of the fallen cards, or the amendment that a player has to stack more than three cars in their turn if they roll a certain dice combination.

6. Dog Houses and Bird Houses

When your kid is ready to tackle a more serious arts and craft project, then you might want to consider working with wood to build a dog house or bird house. These small structures are easy for kids to work with and since all the parts are small, there isn’t any risk associated with lifting heavy boards or working with power tools. There are many ready-to-assemble kits that you can put together with your kids as a fun lesson on how to build a small house. Plus, if you don’t yet have a dog or bird, this would be a nice accompanying gift to compliment the gift of a pet, and putting a bird house in your yard provides an opportunity for bird watching. You could also join forces with your kid to build a bird feeder or fountain while you’re at it.

7. Miniature Collector’s Cars, Planes, and Trains

Mini collector’s vehicles, houses, planes, train sets, and other objects that require assembly are great building lessons and gifts for kids. A train set or a build-it-yourself airplane that actually flies will give your kids hours of entertainment even after they’re done building. These are a great way to encourage your kids to take on challenging building projects and to learn more advanced concepts of building and engineering. They also help kids strengthen their imagination by giving them moving objects to play with, as well as the accomplished feeling that comes with building something they like to play with.

Teaching the Art of Building

If you really think about it, building is an art form and a science all in one. Letting kids build things teaches them the basics of physics and helps them develop better coordination, and spatial reasoning, so make it a family pastime and you’ll be reward with smarter and more productive offspring.

Tree house image by ShutterStock.

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