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Let Kids Be Kids Linky 22/10/13

I have really enjoyed the let kids be kids linky so much, I have started developing a bit of a passion for the subject. For this reason. I didn’t feel it fitted under the twin theme of this current site, therefore, I have set up a new home for it at www.letkidsbekids.co.uk.

I am developing the new blog/site in order to raise awareness for getting back to basics, allowing children to play, and have genuine basic childhood fun. I do hope you will also join me at its new location.

Please, come link up your posts about childhood fun at www.letkidsbekids.co.uk. I hope to see you there :-)


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Let Kids Be Kids 15/10/13

Let Kids Be KidsThis is a linky about letting kids be kids.

In this modern world we live, it is so easy to get caught up in technology and the fast pace of life. These days, children often have to grow up too quickly and I believe frequently miss out on just being children. We need to let our children get back to basics and have genuine childhood fun.

Last week, we wanted to make the most of the only gorgeous day, so as we love autumn walks, we went on a sound walk. My girls loved it. It brought something different to an otherwise ordinary walk. We have also been getting creative with some autumn creativity, making nature monsters and leaf printing etc.

I have been very busy this week trying desperately hard (with my very non technical brain), to set up my new website for let kids be kids. It has taken me all week and several very late nights to get it working! But, I have finally done it, so now I get down to work with designing and adding content. Hopefully I shall have it up and ready for use soon.

Last weeks posts as usual were great links, including, an amazing pirates treasure chest from Time to craft. There was a beautiful day out to Chorlton Water park via We3three and some lovely kite flying with Nonmonster.

There’s not may rules, just link up your posts, old or new, about genuine childhood fun (of any age). It may be fun outdoors, jumping in puddles, nature hunts, riding bikes or making mud pies. Or it may be fun indoors with arts and crafts, making dens, cooking, messy play or reading. Or how about visiting a farm or fun at a fete. Or a discussion about kids growing up too fast, etc.

Whatever basic fun you have been having or discussing, link up and share your ideas, visit others to get inspiration, but most importantly, HAVE FUN!

This linky will open every Tuesday for 6 days, so there’s plenty of time to add your posts.

Please spread the word and grab my badge from my sidebar if possible.

If you tweet me your link (@karenattwinlife), I will happily retweet.



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A Sound Walk

girls on a sound walkAutumn walks, I believe are the best ones, such great colours to see, so many things to collect for arts and crafts and there can be such beautiful fresh days with sunshine and blue sky.

Yesterday was one of these days. The weather was great, it was cold, but gorgeous blue sky and sunshine, I couldn’t resist taking my girls for a walk. So off we went to our local lake and nature discovery centre.

We decided to do a sound walk. Whilst walking round the lake, we had to listen to see what and how many different sounds we could hear. This is what we heard…..

  1. Ducks
  2. Other children calling
  3. Various other birds, but I’m afraid I haven’t a clue what they were??!
  4. Water splashing from the birds landing in the water
  5. Dogs barking
  6. Wind rustling in the trees (I was really impressed they thought/heard that)
  7. Leaves crunching when we walked on them

I was really impressed with how well the girls listened and identified things. They enjoyed trying to work out what things were.

This walk was good fun and it is a very good exercise for little ones to practice listening and hearing different sounds, which is the start of learning phonics later on. I will definitely be having another go at this another time.

girls on a sound walksound walk by a lake

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Let Kids Be Kids 8/10/13

Let Kids Be KidsThis is a linky about letting kids be kids.

In this modern world we live, it is so easy to get caught up in technology and the fast pace of life. These days, children often have to grow up too quickly and I believe frequently miss out on just being children. We need to let our children get back to basics and have genuine childhood fun.

This last week we have been busy baking daddy a rocket birthday cake and going on autumn walks to make some great crafts with our nature findings.

I have also been busy thinking about ‘let kids be kids’ and I have come to the conclusion that it needs a new home. I feel it doesn’t really fit well under the twinlife theme, so I have bought the domain name ‘letkidsbekids’ and am now in the process of setting up a new site specifically for ‘let kids be kids’. I will let you all know when I have finally managed to get it up and running. I hope you will all join me there too. In the mean time, letkidsbekids linky will continue here.

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week, as always, we had some great posts. We had a bit of beach fun with rolling down sand dunes via Family Fever. There was some fun messy play over at Nommonster with flour and fairies and an amazing scarecrow weekend with a day in this dads life.

There’s not may rules, just link up your posts, old or new, about genuine childhood fun (of any age). It may be fun outdoors, jumping in puddles, nature hunts, riding bikes or making mud pies. Or it may be fun indoors with arts and crafts, making dens, cooking, messy play or reading. Or how about visiting a farm or fun at a fete. Or a discussion about kids growing up too fast, etc.

Whatever basic fun you have been having or discussing, link up and share your ideas, visit others to get inspiration, but most importantly, HAVE FUN!

This linky will open every Tuesday for 6 days, so there’s plenty of time to add your posts.

Please spread the word and grab my badge from my sidebar if possible.

If you tweet me your link (@karenattwinlife), I will happily retweet.



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Letter fun

Little children learn through play. Now my twins are in their last year before starting school, I thought I should try introducing them a bit more to letters. I want to make it fun, and hope they just pick things up through repetition and hands on exploration.

This is what we are playing……

Giant alphabet jigsaw puzzle

We worked together to complete a giant floor alphabet puzzle, singing the alphabet song as we did it. We had fun discussing the letters and trying to work out what each letter sounds like.

Musical letters

We played a game of musical letters. Basically, musical bumps, but with letters.

I wrote out several letters on different coloured paper and spread them over the floor. We danced around to music and when the music stopped I called out a letter which they had to find and sit on.

It was great fun, they got exercise, music, dancing and letter learning all at the same time! They laughed and giggled excitedly the whole time. It is well worth a play if you get the chance.

Musical letters game

Sorry about the blurry photos, but the children were having so much fun dancing around I couldn’t get a non blurry picture!

Gel writing

Learning to write can be difficult, so it is good to give children opportunities for different ways of practicing writing, where they can get hands on with textures etc and where it doesn’t always feel like they are sitting down with pen and paper.

I got a plastic sealable bag and put some hair gel (very cheap from any supermarket) in it. Sealed the bag and voila…..the children can play around and explore with making letter shapes.

Letter fun gel writingMy children all had fun with these games and explorations. I will be using these again, as they will need lots of repetition before they start recognising letters. But the key is to make it fun and they will love it!

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Little kids can help

Little kids can help, children cutting back a lavender bushI love to create activities for my children and join in with their games and crafts. However, every parent still has chores to do, houses to clean, laundry to get done and gardens to keep. It can be tough trying to manage little children, at the same time as keeping up with the housework (no matter how much or little of it you do).

My tip for managing this, is to let the children help.  If you are cleaning, give them a duster or baby wipe to clean with you. If you are vacuuming, give them a brush to help sweep with you. I know they won’t actually be any real help, but it keeps them busy. Put on some music and dance around whilst cleaning. The children will love it and it won’t seem like such a chore.

There was one very memorable time I gave all 3 of my children a baby wipe and they cleaned down all my kitchen cupboards! It was great, they actually did quite a good job and they loved it so much, I had to persuade them to stop in the end.

Last weekend was another great example of this. We needed to get out in the garden to cut back some bushes and generally tidy up a bit for the autumn/winter, especially as we have been having a bit of a garden makeover this year. It is not completely finished yet, but we are getting there. So I needed to figure out how the children could help whilst we did this.

Firstly, I gave them each a pair of their child scissors. They helped me cut back, the very over grown lavender bush. Now, I can’t tell you, just how much my children enjoyed this activity. It was so much fun. They carefully cut off lots of lavender, into their tubs that I gave them, so we could keep it to do some crafts with. However, when my back was turned, they all put their lavender in the recycling bin!! This means unfortunately, we can’t follow-up with any lavender crafts now, but never mind, they had enough fun just cutting it.

My little ones love using scissors and this activity brought a whole new dimension to the use of scissors and was a great way to practice scissor skills.

Secondly, they helped me gather up all the mess and leaves from the floor to put in the recycling bin, before helping me sweep up.

little kids helping out in the garden

There can be lots of fun for little ones, just helping mummy and daddy. They love to copy what we do and ‘help’. We had a great afternoon in the garden, getting it sorted at the same time as having fun and working together as a family.

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Autumn tree art

Autumnal tree art picturesYesterday, we started on our autumn activities list and did some autumn tree/leaf art.

We painted a very simple, basic tree and then got some leaf stamps, mixed up some browns, oranges, red, yellow and green paint and started stamping leaves on our trees.

autumnal tree art

It was great fun and very simple. It also started teaching the girls about mixing colours to make different ones. By the end of it, they were able to guess some of the colours they needed to mix up to make various others.

ClarinasContemplations

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Autumn activities list

Now summer appears to have ended rather abruptly, I need to get thinking of some more autumnal activities.

My summer holiday sanity list worked really well for us, so I thought, how about an autumn activity list? So here goes. Here is a list of 20 things I would like to do over the next few months…..

  1. Go on a leaf walk (kick about in fallen leaves)
  2. Collect conquers and play conquers
  3. Do leaf rubbings
  4. Do leaf painting
  5. Do an autumnal nature walk
  6. Do some leaf number and letter games I found from pinterest
  7. Do some simple science experiments from a book BB has
  8. Cooking
  9. Carve a pumpkin
  10. Do some autumn crafts
  11. See a firework display and bonfire
  12. Do some sparklers
  13. Jump in muddy puddles
  14. Scary face painting
  15. Fireworks pictures
  16. Make an indoor den
  17. Have a family movie afternoon
  18. Make a guy
  19. Craft with pinecones
  20. Enjoy family time together

It is important for children to get out and about whatever the weather, so I have tried to include lots of outdoor activities as well as indoor.

I look forward to starting my list.

ClarinasContemplations

 

 

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Puppet fun

Stick puppets

Now the weather has turned, autumn is here, we are returning back to thinking of activities we can do indoors and the children decided they wanted to do a puppet show.

Firstly, we had to make the puppets. With little children, the puppets needed to be very simple. Here is what we did:

What you need:

  • Lollipop sticks
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Sellotape

How to make the stick puppets:

  • Draw pictures of animals or people on some paper
  • Cut out the pictures
  • Sellotape them to the stick and voila = Stick puppet

Making stick puppets

It is very simple, but the children loved it and then of course, you have hours of fun playing with the puppets.

We made a theatre by using a large cardboard box opened out and threw a blanket over it. The children sat behind it making up stories with their puppets.

Puppet theatre play

It is such a wonderful thing to listen to your children make up stories and work together for the same goal, of entertaining mummy :)

Mum Of One
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Let kids be kids 17/9/13

This is a linky about letting kids be kids.

In this modern world we live, it is so easy to get caught up in technology and the fast pace of life. These days, children often have to grow up too quickly and I believe frequently miss out on just being children. We need to let our children get back to basics and have genuine childhood fun.

Last week has been a bit hectic, trying to get back into the normal school routine, but it is still important to allow children to find time for themselves, to have free play and fun. Childhood is precious, we need to cherish every moment.

Last weeks linky, again saw some lovely posts, here are my three favourites:

An amazing time camping with children and friends, producing great childhood memories via a field somewhere.

We’re going on an adventure showed a perfect example of what childhood is all about.

There was an amazing den (I am very jealous of) over at more than a momma

There’s not may rules, just link up your posts, old or new, about genuine childhood fun (of any age). It may be fun outdoors, jumping in puddles, nature hunts, riding bikes or making mud pies. Or it may be fun indoors with arts and crafts, making dens, cooking, messy play or reading. Or how about visiting a farm or fun at a fete. Or a discussion about kids growing up too fast, etc.

Whatever basic fun you have been having or discussing, link up and share your ideas, visit others to get inspiration, but most importantly, HAVE FUN!

This linky will open every Tuesday for 6 days, so there’s plenty of time to add your posts.

Please spread the word and grab my badge from my sidebar if possible.

If you tweet me your link (karenattwinlife), I will happily retweet.




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