Holidays are great but when children are small there’s a real risk of overdoing it with extravagant destinations that they simply don’t appreciate. We’ve now tried both holidays abroad and the increasingly popular staycation with Tilly and we’re starting to get a picture of what’s right for small children.
Trying to keep the kids busy this summer? Look no further for ideas of loads to do around Buckinghamshire and the surrounding area.
Following on from the success of our first family abroad last autumn, we were keen to take Tilly on another family holiday in the sun. In late March / early April we decided that the Med would likely be on the cool side still, so we decided to look further afield to the Canary Islands. The weather is pretty reliable for much of the year but it comes with the downside of a four hour flight. Find out how we got on.
Our 4-year-old daughter loves to draw and we’re always on the look out for new ways for her to express her art. We don’t use our blackboards a great deal so when the chance came along to revive them with some chalk markers from Chalkola, I was keen to give them a try.
I recently became aware that we had an addiction problem in our house. My daughter had begun to demand the iPad twice a day to get her fix of YouTube videos for children while I’d lazily become reliant on the time it gave me to get jobs done. When the iPad recently failed I decided enough was enough – we were both going cold turkey.
It’s time to decide. The deadline for making the primary school application for our daughter is here and choosing our preferences has not been an easy task.
The twentieth century seemed like a revolutionary time for technology and it many ways it was. Yet there are many appliances and devices that endured the whole of the last century that my daughter will likely never use or own. I take a look through some of those everyday things that our children may simply be bewildered by.
You awake to Sonny and Cher on the radio, or rather, as it’s Christmas, Slade or Band Aid. You have all manner of things set up for your small child to have a magical Christmas, but it all goes wrong. The child is horrible for whatever reason and you fear that the holiday is ruined forever. Fear not, though, as next year you just do it all over again. Welcome to Groundhog Christmas Day.
The Christmas period is the absolutely best time to find TV entertainment for the kids, whether its showing them the classics or seeing the latest animated versions of their favourite books. Here’s my pick of the bunch from the main channels based on my browsing of the holiday listings so far…
Now is a brilliant time to get small children interested in natural history. New TV series Planet Earth II and Andy’s Baby Animals combined with museum visits get my 3-year-old daughter Tilly hooked.