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Rainy Day Activities

Rainy Day Activities - get reading!


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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Celebrating Significant Birthdays

Celebrating Significant Birthdays - how big will YOUR cake be?

Years ago, nobody celebrated any significant birthday, except their 21st and their 100th to receive the much coveted telegram from the Queen.

50 or so years ago, 18th birthdays started to be celebrated as well as retirement at 60 or 65. Today, though, it has become much more fashionable to celebrate all of the decades from your 30th and each year through to your 90th and of course the centenary!

The most popular ways we’ve found people tend to celebrate these decade milestones are:


Going on holiday with significant others

Although cruises are popular, these tend to be reserved for anniversaries rather than birthdays. When money is tight people will often prefer an experience, like a holiday, to spend their money on rather than more stuff!

If the birthday ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ has a lot of friends with children, then a weekend away is a popular option. There are lots of options to rent a self-catering country house or converted barn which can accommodate 20 to 30 people. Couples with children who all get along may choose this as an ideal way to celebrate together. If the birthday falls in the summer months, then camping or glamping might be the way to go!

Going out for a birthday meal

Lunch, tea or evening meal with friends and family is probably one of the easiest ways to celebrate a significant birthday as once the venue is chosen and the invitations are sent out there isn’t too much else to organise. You just have to think about what to wear!

On the other hand, it can be more elaborate, like my friend’s mother who is celebrating her 90th this month. The family have organised a marquee in the garden, caterers to supply afternoon tea and a small jazz band to entertain the guests!

A Treasure Trails birthday treat

Rather than just eating and drinking, we have found that lots of birthdays are celebrated by doing an activity with friends and family, especially ones that work best with lots of people. We can think of nothing better than a competitive afternoon exploring a pretty city, town or area with a Treasure Trail! But then, we are biased.

Or, simply throw a party!

And finally, there is the good old fashioned knees up type parties either at home or in a local venue where providing entertainment and dancing as well as food and drink are usually the thing!

What will you do to celebrate your next decade birthday?

Author: Amanda Ingham, Treasure Trails Herefordshire & Worcestershire

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4th July 2012

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