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Fun Summer Holiday creative play #PoopsieTimeforSlime

Fun Summer Holiday creative play #PoopsieTimeforSlime

We love Poopsie over here at Constant HQ (that sounds very important doesn't it?). The school Summer term finishes on 23 July 2020 and that will mean no more logging into our school app to check for work. At the moment, we are planning for a September return to school life and so we want to make sure they have a fun Summer Holiday that incorporates fun activities. This is great for all those slime lovers out there: #PoopsieTimeforSlime. VIEW the POST

What we will continue as a family after lockdown

What we will continue as a family after lockdown

I have been reflecting on life, during lockdown, over the past few months. It has been over 100 days since lockdown started and all of our lives changed from what we knew. Lockdown has taken away our busyness, our routine and our general pattern throughout the week. It was scary at the beginning but now I am glad. There is quite a lot to take away from this as a family after lockdown. VIEW the POST

A quick guide to Minecraft for parents

Well, I’ve certainly learnt a lot about Minecraft since lockdown began. I haven’t played it, but the kiddies love playing it and talking about it too. Last week Minecraft updated and they were both so so excited about it that they almost exploded. I had lots of animated sentences such as “Look Mummy, it’s got new Crying Obsideon“. I had to respond with excitement, but had no idea what it meant. So this is a little Minecraft for parents guide, which will help you to understand what they are talking about. Obviously we are encouraging both offline play to balance out their fun too! …

My lockdown silver linings

My lockdown silver linings

As we are making our way through the eight week of lockdown, I was honoured to be nominated by To Yorkshire and Beyond, to write about the positive things I have come across during lockdown. Finding the lockdown silver linings in tough situations like this helps us to get through these trying times and I am a half glass full kind of person anyway... so here are the things that I am feeling positive about during this time. VIEW the POST

Creating a family picnic at home

Creating a family picnic at home

We absolutely adore a picnic and with this beautiful sunshine we have had plenty of opportunities to road test our new picnic basket. With our new patio area ready for use, we thought we would make the most of it and decorated it in true VE Day style for our family picnic at home. A simple idea that makes a special family moment during lockdown. Check out my afternoon tea post too for an indoor version. VIEW the POST

6 Things you need to know about Boxing classes

Boxing is a professional sport (martial art) in which two opponents punch each other by using their gloved fists. If the idea of you punching opponents, and getting punched in the face doesn’t intimidate you, then you may have a flair for boxing. But, before you make up your mind to join a boxing club, there are 6 things you need to know about boxing classes. Professional boxers get paid to fight each other; it doesn’t matter whether you’re knocked out or not. …

Homelearning made fun with Learning Resources #competition

Homelearning made fun with Learning Resources #competition

We are big fans of Learning Resources in the Constant household, they have some incredible resources that are fun, engaging and aid education. The perfect concoction for homelearning and lockdown. So, we teamed up with them to give one of my lucky readers a prize bundle of goodies to help get through these uncertain times. *Competition window at the bottom of this post. VIEW the POST

Creating a beautiful family Afternoon Tea at home

Creating a beautiful family Afternoon Tea at home

I love Afternoon Tea, it is my favourite thing to go out and enjoy with family and friends. So, when Daddy had the idea to recreate an Afternoon Tea experience at home, for the kiddies, I jumped at the chance. Did you know it's National Tea Day on Tuesday 21 April 2020 too, so a perfect activity for the family. I think we made it look really authentic and the kiddies really loved it. Here's what we did to make our special family Afternoon Tea at home during lockdown... VIEW the POST

Creating a homelearning egg hunt around your home with #Haribo

Whilst we are still in the Easter holidays, I thought I would share a fun idea to keep the children entertained (and the grown-ups for setting it up). This is a homelearning egg hunt, the prizes could be anything from a bag of sweets to tokens towards something else. Like earning so many minutes of tablet time that day. My kids love earning things.  …

Fun LEGO lockdown activities #letsbuildtogether

Fun LEGO lockdown activities #letsbuildtogether

We all love LEGO in the Constant house, it's the one thing that I still do now as a grown up that I did as a child (apart from making pretend restaurants of course). We have been playing a lot of LEGO lockdown activities over the past few weeks, from building new sets, playing games to building challenges. Even the LEGO employees are building from home... VIEW the POST

Creating a pretend restaurant at home during lockdown

Creating a pretend restaurant at home during lockdown

This was a big hit with our little ones over the Easter weekend: Daddy turned the dining room into a pretend restaurant and created a menu for them to choose their dinners. Whilst Mummy was the waitress. It was great fun, even if it did only last 90 minutes. It was nice to do something a little different and the kids love role play games. VIEW the POST

Brightening up our learning with homeschooling stationery

Yes, I have a small obsession with stationery and so I thought it was only right to brighten up the kiddies homeschooling by getting them some new bits and pieces. When you have vibrant and fun new things around you, it helps to motivate you. I find that anyway. Here are my favourite Paperchase items to add some fun for after the Easter holidays, it’s a back to school haul if you will. …

Our family homeschooling routine

Our family homeschooling routine

Well, I never thought we would be in a position like this at the start of the year. We have all had to adapt and be flexible in this new world of lockdown. We are now into week 2 of lockdown and the kiddies be off school, this is our homeschooling routine at the moment. I am sure this will change as the weeks go on. VIEW the POST

A fun Stay Home activity with Kids Stuff Crazy

A fun Stay Home activity with Kids Stuff Crazy

What better way to pass an hour, or two, than to create a fun bathtime activity for the children. My kiddies love playing in the bathtub and shower. They would spend hours in the bathroom if they could. Swimming pools are closed and the weather isn't warm enough for a paddling pool just yet, so we put on our swimming costumes and went into the bathroom for some indoor, stay at home, fun during lockdown. Using our new Kids Stuff Crazy products we played lots of games. VIEW the POST

Useful online resources for children whilst homeschooling

Useful online resources for children whilst homeschooling

UPDATED 31 March 2020: I have found some incredible online resources from various sources and a lot of Googling last night. Perfect to keep your little ones entertained whilst homeschooling and working from home. We are going to try and keep the kiddies in their school routine as much as possible, just with different activities. We also have to juggle working from home, so some of these resources may mean that whilst they are concentrating on something for an hour, I get an extra hour of work done. Anything is going to help over the foreseeable. I am still in shock I think, I haven't cried yet, although I have felt it a few times. VIEW the POST

Coronavirus – changing our plans for Easter

Coronavirus – changing our plans for Easter

Well, I am sure we are not the only family to be affected by the news this week: non essential travel is banned for 30 days and the kids are off school (with no end date) due to the Coronavirus. It's such a daunting time. In less than 2 weeks, we had planned to go to Dubai to visit friends. It's crazy to think how this has all transformed in such a short space of time. I know it's important and I understand why, don't get me wrong, but what a shock for the system! With that in mind, I am planning on covering a lot of ideas and resources over the next week to help other families in a similar situation. VIEW the POST

World Book Day 2020 – Harry and Hermione

World Book Day 2020 – Harry and Hermione

We love World Book Day, we also love Harry Potter at the moment. So, it only seemed right to dress up as Harry and Hermoine for World Book Day 2020. I usually make something a bit more creative, involving face paints and drawing on clothes. But for the Harry Potter theme it was relatively easy. I feel like I cheated! This is what they wanted though, promise! VIEW the POST

How to help kids with bedtime anxieties

How to help kids with bedtime anxieties

We have always struggled with our bedtime routine, well we have since Isla has been around. She does not like to sleep. We thought, as the children got older, that the bedtime routine would get easier. It hasn't really and so we have to try lots of different things to help get through those bedtime anxieties. I have written down some things we did when the kiddies were babies and what we do now, incase this helps any one going through similar. VIEW the POST

Having fun at Great Grandmas #familytime

I have always been close to my grandma so it was inevitable that the kiddies would be close to their great grandma. We try to go there and visit every other week, albeit that can be troublesome with all of the clubs. Having fun is important for the kids at Grandmas, as it is for Grandma herself. There are lots of things we do together, and we try to make it as stress free as possible.  …

Settling your children in a back to school routine

Settling your children in a back to school routine

With the back to school photos covering social media; perfectly poised children and their perfectly ironed uniforms. It made me think about what we do to prepare for the back to school routine. It's quite difficult going from little study to full on study and this year the kids have more homework than before. Different schools have different rules. A different routine. VIEW the POST

The Trolls that hate Chores!

The Trolls that hate Chores!

Sounds like a children's storybook title. But it's not. I guess it was inevitable that MummyConstant would be trolled at some point, but I didn't ever think it would be from a simple comment about chores and children. You may have seen my recent Instagram post asking for advice on what chores the children do around the house, well it caused a bit of an uproar! VIEW the POST

Moving the children to a new school #backtoschool

You may have seen on some of my Instagram Stories that we took the decision, after a few months of being in our new house, to move the kiddies to a new school. It is not a decision we made lightly as Isla loved her school and was attached to her teacher. We didn’t want to disrupt them unnecessarily but we feel that this move will do them good. And, the new uniform looks SUPER cute! …

It’s been 9 years… and it’s still going strong #blogaversary

It’s been 9 years… and it’s still going strong #blogaversary

I cannot believe I have been writing this blog for 9 whole years this month. It is absolutely crazy to think I have been gabbling away for all of those years. Taking millions of photos (and I am not joking) and working with lots of fabulous people. I have really enjoyed writing this blog, being creative and sharing some of my ideas along the way. VIEW the POST