Bows and arrows out of sticks

What fun! What fun! Making bows and arrows from sticks. All the kids need is a wood to play in or a park with some trees. Inspiration comes from within or with a little nudge from mummy or daddy! Have fun!!

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Strawberry, raspberry, blackberry or gooseberry. It’s always fun to pick your own! We love nothing more than heading to our local fruit farm or  up to the allotment to pick some delicious fare. My two get a real buzz from it.  Out come the nappy sacks (clean ones of course) and off they go to collect their prize. What’s great too is that lots of munching goes on in the process so you know they’ve had at least one if not two of their five a day by the time you get home!! Classic ‘slow fun’. We love it!!

Find a new park

We are actually becoming quite ‘connoisseurs’ of our local parks. Every school holiday we set out to explore and find new parks in our area. We try and visit a new one each holiday. Every village has one. We’ve found all sorts – some secluded and overgrown, some recently renovated with futuristic style playgrounds, others completely old fashioned with leg breaking/ arm breaking roundabouts as standard! It’s quite fun really and rarely are 2 parks ever the same!  My best tip is to go exploring new housing estates. These often have new country parks and modern play areas (part of planning applications I guess). Why not be the first to try them out!  Happy exploring!!

Go fishing

Oh the joy and the sheer delight on my children’s faces when we go fishing! It’s just the epitome of slow parenting!!! From skipping along the path bucket and net in hand, to wading into the stream and waiting patiently for a little minnow to swim past, it’s just a sheer delight. What a simply wonderful activity to do. Our favourite location is a spot called Byron’s Pool in Granchester just outside of Cambridge. There’s a tiny little shingle beach which leads down to the pool where Byron used to bathe many years ago. Idyllic and delightful!

Snack on jam sandwiches

Snacking is constant in our household. An area of parenting I wish to amend. Fast paced parenting seems to go hand in hand with constant nibbling and more to the point constant ‘treats’. Surely a treat should be just that , not something administered morning, noon and night!!!! So in an attempt to slow my parenting down I have decided to slow down the snacks too. Less of the manufactured/ processed type and more of the simpler, cheaper and traditional style of snack given out less often and to be enjoyed and savoured!! From now on,  one snack, mid morning, one snack mid afternoon. And today’s snack was the delightful snack of jam on bread. The timeless’ jam sandwich’ that seems to have fallen off my radar and which, you know what, the kids loved!!! There’s nothing more simple and more enjoyable than a jam sandwich and better still we had even made the jam. We’d had a whole ‘slow’ afternoon of making it. The slow parenting brigade would be proud, we made the activity of strawberry picking last all afternoon!! We picked the fruit at a local fruit farm then returned home to wash the strawberries, mash them, dissolve the sugar, squeeze the lemons, wash the jam jars, design the jam labels. Plenty to do for all ages and the finishing result the most delicious jam you could possibly wish for. Jam sandwiches  – a ‘must have’ for my new slow parenting regime!!!!

Hit some balls

This is slow daddy’s kind of slow, heading to the driving range to hit some golf balls. But now it seems the kids are in on it too, disappearing with daddy for hours at a time to hit 25, 50, sometimes even 100 balls in one go. I’m impressed! It takes concentration and skill to hit golf balls and when you’re only 4 and 6 this is quite some feat. Think I might have some mini Tigers on my hands!! Watch this space !!!

Try some action rhymes

My son picked out a super book of action rhymes for us all to enjoy this evening and enjoy them we sure did! Mother Goose would have been proud. We did Pat-a-cake, Pease Porridge, This Little Pig, Rub-a-dub-dub and Two little dicky birds to name but a few. It was a revelation to the children. They sat and listened and then had a go at joining in themselves. More than anything I think they liked reading out loud and the rhyming patterns in the verses too. Fun for all. Another great ‘slowie’ ! Xxx