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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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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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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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Childhood is precious

childhood is preciousChildhood is precious. It is over in a flash. It should be a time for running around, friendships, making a mess (though, that one goes against the grain a bit), dressing up, pretending, laughter, giggles, learning, exploring, being creative and above all having fun.

It is vital we cherish this time as parents and allow our children to experience these things. There is plenty of time for them to grow up and learn about the real world, with all its stresses, technology and pressure.

We live in such a fast paced society with new technology round every corner and pressure to keep up with all the latest trends. Whatever happened to ‘just living life’ and enjoying it?

This is especially true for children. Children do most of their learning through play and exploring things for themselves. If we remove most of this independent play time, by filling their lives with tv, computer games and other technology, how will they learn?

Additionally, when they have grown up, will they look back at their childhood with fond memories and think, oh yes, I had a wonderful time playing that computer game or watching that tv programme. Personally, I don’t believe technology produces great childhood memories. When I think back to my childhood, I remember playing outside with friends, making mud pies, climbing, making dens, exploring, doing crafts and just having basic fun. This is how I want my children to remember their childhood.

Don’t get me wrong, tv and computers have their place and can be a great learning tool too. But I do believe, everything in moderation and sometimes we need reminding about the basics.

This is the reason I set up my linky, LetKidsBeKids. I believe so strongly, we need to remember to get back to basics with our children, let them get muddy, jump in puddles, make dens, climb trees and explore. This is great fun, children learn a lot and if we as parents join in too, it can be such fantastic family time and produce some great memories.

Childhood doesn’t last long, lets let our children enjoy it while they can.

Let Kids Be Kids

 

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Let Kids Be Kids 10/9/13

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.

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week, there were some great posts. There was a fantastic blackboard in the garden over at More than a momma , some basic toy and cardboard box exploration going on at Ellie bear babi  and a great homework debate over at My House and Family. I hope you all had fun linking and reading.

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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Let Kids Be Kids Linky

In this modern world we live, it is so easy to get caught up in technology and the fast speed 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.

The success of my post ‘let kids be kids’, blew me away, so I have decided to set up a linky about ‘letting kids be kids’. Please 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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How to have fun on a stoney beach

picture of children hunting for shellsStoney beaches for kids can be just as much fun as sandy beaches. I strongly believe, you can have fun anywhere.

When you think of a beach, you automatically think of a sandy beach where children can build sand castles and dig holes. Unfortunately, not every beach is sandy. The beach near my parents caravan is certainly not sandy. It is the most stoney beach you can think of. However, this does not stop us from having fun.

Here are some suggestions for what fun you can have on a stoney beach:

  1. Collect stones to paint
  2. Collect stones with holes in (to thread on a string)
  3. Collect shells to do some art projects
  4. Throw stones in the sea
  5. Skimming stones (see how many times the stone can bounce)
  6. See who can build the tallest pile of stones
  7. See who can knock the pile of stones over first (by throwing stones, being careful of other people of course)
  8. Fly a kite
  9. Do a beach scavenger hunt
  10. Paddle
  11. Play ball
  12. Picnic (without sandy sandwiches! Always a bonus)
  13. Take a camera and see what photos you can take
  14. Take binoculars and see who how many boats you can spot

At the weekend, we spent some time on the stoney beach. It was very windy and not so warm, but that didn’t stop us having a good time. We collected stones to paint and shells to make some art and craft projects. To be honest that kept everyone (including the adults) busy and engaged for quite some time. We loved practicing throwing stones into the sea, while the adults practiced their skimming skills. Daddy Twinlife had fun trying to get a panoramic photo, (not sure it worked out too well, so I haven’t included it!) and generally having lots of fun together.

We now have all the shells etc that we collected, waiting for us to do some crafts. I will keep you posted on what we come up with.

I love that beach. It may be stoney,  but it is great fun, has gorgeous views of the Isle of Wight, plenty of fresh air and we spend a lot of quality family time there whilst getting lots of exercise walking along the cliff top. It is definitely one of our ‘special’ places, where we have created a lot of family memories.

 

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Summer holiday sanity list

picture of children walking in a forest

Forest walk

The 6 weeks summer holidays are fast approaching and I am starting to get a little concerned about how I am going to entertain a 5 yr old and two 3 yr olds for 6 solid weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing and being with my kids, but I need to have a plan, or all hell will break loose (and that will not be a pleasant site).

I thought I’d write a list of all the ideas I have, for play and craft etc, to do throughout the holidays:

Outdoor activities

  1. Fly a kite
  2. Do a sports day (maybe with friends too)
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Go on a nature walk
  5. Jump in puddles (on a rainy day)
  6. Do a scavenger hunt
  7. Go Geocaching
  8. Ride bikes
  9. Ride scooters
  10. Make a good den in the garden
  11. Go to the beach
  12. Paddling pool fun
  13. Water play
  14. Bubbles
  15. Have a picnic
  16. Ball games
  17. Make a map of our walk to school/park etc
  18. Visit a farm
  19. Feed the ducks
  20. Go to the park

Indoor activities

  1. Painting
  2. Junk modelling
  3. Crafts
  4. Make boats then sail them
  5. Make up stories/story telling
  6. Make a puppet theatre
  7. Do a puppet show
  8. Make scrapbooks about your holiday or day out
  9. Play skittles
  10. Cooking
  11. Playdoh
  12. Lego
  13. Create a photo journal
  14. Movie afternoon
  15. Visit the library
  16. Make a map of our house
  17. Puzzles
  18. Dressing up and pretend play
  19. Play shops
  20. Play hospitals
  21. Paint stones
  22. Crafts with shells collected on a beach
  23. Read stories together
  24. Board games
  25. Tea party

This is my list so far. I will probably add to it as I think of more things, but it is a start and I believe it helps to give me a focus. I need focus in order to maintain some kind of sanity.

A lot of the time children need to be kept occupied and stimulated. I personally find their behaviour is so much better when we are out, or when we are all engaged in an activity. Some activities may seem like an effort, but, for me it is always worth it, to see the children have fun, learn and behave well. Effort usually pays off in the end.

And, I get to play too (always a bonus, big kid at heart)!

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15 ideas for playing with water

picture of a child playing with waterAs this weekend saw a slight change in the weather, for the better (though, still not exactly hot), we got out in the garden. We finally got the water table out, which my kids absolutely love. We have a pirate ship water table. They love playing with the pirate figures and boats in the water.

It was a shame the weather was not warm enough for the paddling pool.

It got me thinking about all the different ways to play with water (when the weather is not warm enough for you to get in it).

I have made a list of 15 different ways to play with water (without getting in it) ………

text 15 ways to play with water (without getting in it)

  1. Raid your recycling bin for tubs, pots etc, anything that can be played with in water. Give the kids a bowl of water and lots of different tubs, funnel, plastic cups etc. some with holes in, some without, just let them see what happens, pouring from one container to another. Keeps them amused for ages.
  2. See how many things the children can find in the garden that floats
  3. See how many things the children can find in the garden that sinks (water experiments)
  4. Make boats from different materials e.g. a paper boat, a margarine tub boat, a cork boat etc and experiment with what makes them float and sink.
  5. Have races with the boats and play with them in the water
  6. Have races blowing a ping-pong ball across water with a straw
  7. Water game – have one container per child at one end of the garden with a fill to line marked on it, have a bucket of water at the other end of the garden and a plastic cup per child. Each child has to fill their cup with water from the bucket and run to their container, put the water in, run back, refill the cup and empty again into their container. The object is the first child to fill their container to the fill line is the winner. You could even add some food colouring to make it more fun, or some obstacles?
  8. Sponges – sponges can be fascinating to play with in water
  9. Cleaning – give children a cloth and a bowl of water, let them clean their toys
  10. Bubbles – blowing and popping bubbles
  11. Blowing bubbles from a bowl/cup – put a little bit of washing up liquid in a bowl or cup and some water and a straw, then blow. The bubbles bubble up a lot, it is great fun!
  12. Water art – give children a paint brush and some water, let them paint the patio with water, good clean art
  13. Washing up – give kids a bowl of washing up water outside and let them wash up all their play plates and cups etc
  14. Bathing babies - children love bathing their dollies and washing their clothes
  15. Watering plants – give children a watering can and they will water your plants for you

We did quite a few from this list at the weekend, but I think I am going to make this our to do list for over the summer. My mission is going to be, to complete everything on this list by the end of the summer holidays.

Here are the fun things we did with water this week……

Water game

picture of children playing a water game

Bubble blowing

Picture of children blowing bubbles

Cleaning

picture of children cleaning their toys

My children love playing with water, so they have been delighted that it is finally nice enough weather to play with it again! They had a great weekend splashing about, experimenting and generally having fun with the water.

I hope this inspires you to get out the buckets of water.

Do you have any other water play ideas to add to this list?

Tuesday Tots  I have linked this post to Tuesday Tots at Rainyday mum.

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