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Just for Giggles – Family Fun

Need a break from the daily routine that is just for giggles? Bored at work and need a serious distraction just before the weekend starts? Kids driving you crazy? Then look no further – Treasure Trails could just be the answer to your anti-boredom prayers. These family fun ideas will help you get fitter and more active – and relieve the boredom too!

Rainy Day Activities

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Don’t let the rain spoil your fun over the summer holidays. With a little imagination, an afternoon indoors can prove entertaining, and will keep the children away from the television or games console.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

 

 

Cress Heads

Growing a cress head is a simple pleasure that many of us will have experienced during our school days. They are super easy to make, and will supplement your child’s knowledge of nature and science.

Instructions on how to make your very own cress head using just an egg shell, cotton wool, marker pens and cress seeds can be found here.

Once your character is sporting a full head of hair, why not ask the children to play hairdresser and prepare some fresh cress to add to your evening meal?

Indoor Treasure Hunt Game

Children love this game as it gets their brains whirring, along with a sense of accomplishment at the end.

Create a series of clues and make them as cryptic, poetic and clever as you wish, according to age range and ability of the participants. Use tools such as newspaper cuttings, thread trails and images to add variety.

Don’t forget to hide a prize or treat at the end of the hunt. Good choices are colouring books or games, to keep them occupied for even longer!

Cook up a Storm

Most children love to get creative (and a little messy) in the kitchen with an adult, and there are plenty of simple recipes available online that little ones can enjoy.

Our personal favourites are traditional rice crispy cakes, or why not try something more savoury, such as baked dippy eggs?

Trip to the Library

A rare treat nowadays, a visit to your local library can while away the afternoon. Encourage children to look for themselves and choose their own books, then settle down on the sofa with a blanket and some tasty treats.

Older children may be happy to read independently, or ask younger children to read together, acting out the story as they go!

Get Wet Anyway

You won’t dissolve! Wrap up in your coats, hats and wellingtons, and get outside exploring! As we always say, a Treasure Trail is a fantastic way to spend a morning; plus the children will be so busy looking for clues that there won’t be time to moan about soggy feet!

Come home to some hot soup and a bath to warm up afterwards.

13th July 2012

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Our Favourite Childhood Games

Our Favourite Childhood Games - Piano lessons should be high on your list

We recently asked our followers on Facebook to share their favourite outdoor game played as a child. The results varied from classic hopscotch, to ‘dib dib 1-2-3’ (an alternative to hide and seek!).

We believe that encouraging little ones to spend time outdoors playing, exploring and getting a bit muddy is really important, so here is our pick of the top five outdoor games to share with your offspring.

 

Shadow Tag
A traditional game of ‘tag’, with a twist! Within a group, one child is marked as ‘it’. That person then has to chase the others, and step on their shadow, in order to tag that person to become the next ‘it’. Only one rule exists – no ‘tag-backs’!

Chinese Whispers
Ideal for a rainy day, all players sit in a circle, or a line. One child thinks of a sentence, and whispers the phrase to the participant next to them, as quietly as they can! This continues around the circle or line, until the message reaches the end. The final receiver of the message then says the phrase out load, which is generally quite obscure, cue much laughter!

Treasure Hunt
Some adult participation will be required for this, to prepare the hunt. A selection of small ‘treasures’, such as wrapped sweets, should be hidden around the garden (some easier to find than others). Simply gather the children together, provide a ‘loot bag’ and tell them how many treasures there are to be found. You might want to give a little clue to start!

Duck Duck Goose
This is best with a large group. One child is allocated as ‘it’, whilst the remaining children sit in a circle. ‘It’ then walks around the outside of the circle, tapping each child as they go and naming them a ‘duck’ or a ‘goose’. When a child is named a ‘goose’, they must jump up and chase ‘it’ around the circle, tagging them before they sit in the empty goose’s space. If the goose fails to tag ‘it’, they then become ‘it’ themselves!

Name-it Ball
Participants must form a circle, with one child holding a ball to start. That child then decides on a category, such as ‘colours’. The ball is then thrown to any child in the circle, who must name a colour, such as ‘blue’. The first one out is the child who cannot think of an answer!

Author: Samantha May, Treasure Trails Ltd.

2nd May 2012

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