Sketch

Or as my daughter spells it ‘scech’! A wonderful pastime. All you need is a little notebook, a pencil and a few colours and hey presto, you’re doing it! E’s ‘scechis’ are masterpieces. Today an agapanthus and a rather unusual tree called an ‘idesia polycarpa’, both found residing in our University Botanic Gardens.  It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon. The achievement evident in the smiles. AND great on a rainy day too. There’s many an interesting ‘still life’ to be found around the home. Piece of fruit anyone ???!!!!!!!! Xxx

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Take a trip to the seaside

What a fantastic ‘slow’ way to spend a day. If you’re not too land locked why not take a trip out to your nearest beach. It’s such as amazing outdoor play zone with so many ‘slow’ activities to choose from once you’re there. You could dig a channel to the sea, make a dam out of sand and pebbles and other beach finds, dig a hole and then fill it with water, have a go at sand sculpure, a turtle or a mermaid perhaps or search for driftwood, shells, seaweed, crabs and sea glass. Then there’s the staples, building and decorating sandcastles, drawing pictures in the sand,running races, jumping waves and of course eating ice creams!! The list goes on and on. Fresh air, free spirits, fabulous ‘slow’ fun for all.

Don’t be bored, play a board game!

We’ve got some brilliant board games on our bookshelves but I can’t believe how little we use them! Some of them haven’t even been unwrapped. HOW SHAMEFUL which is why I’m on a mission to make the most of these wonderful games and play at least one of them a day (with the kids – of course!!).  Kids love ’em and there’s a lot to be said about learning how to take turns, recognise numbers and prices, roll a dice and work with play money. All wonderful life skills so as the title of this piece goes, ‘don’t be bored, play a board game!!’

Make a bed up in the lounge

My two love ‘playing beds’ and I’m all for it especially when I get to lie down with a pillow and get tucked in from all sides!!! More than anything my kids just love it when I’m part of their plan so if you can spare 5 minutes to be with your little ones, suggest playing this one !!! It’s extra nice as you get lots of snuggles and I find my two will really talk to me when I lie down and just hang with them. Slow fun and nice and relaxing too !!! Great stuff Xxxx

Dust off your magnifying glass

These things are brilliant and lead to many hours of magnifying merriment!!! They’re great for exploring with especially in the garden or at your nearest National Trust. My two love getting down among the plants and trees, studying the bark, marveling at the bees or studying the spiderwebs. It’s just a great opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with our natural world!! Buy one!! Borrow one !!!Happy magnifying!! xxxx

Butterfly cakes

Quick, easy and just gorgeous!! My two love making the butterfly wings more than anything :-))) 100g butter 100g caster sugar 2 eggs 100g self raising 1 tsp baking powder 175 g butter for the icing 350g icing sugar Usual procedure cream the butter and sugar, add the eggs and then sift the flour and baking powder. Then bake at 180 for about 15 to 20 mins. For the wings, cut a slice from the top of each cake and then cut this in half. Pipe or spoon your buttercream in and then place your sponge halves into the cream to look like wings. Adorable. Enjoy x

Set up a shop

Slower parenting definitely means more imaginative play. I suppose it’s because my children have more time to be imaginative now we’ve got off the crazy merry-go-round that is modern parenting. My two love nothing more than setting up shops and one of E’s favourites is to set up a fruit shop with real fruit!! It’s brilliant!! Lots of careful selection and placement of fruit, acting out of roles, till work and the best bit of all, the kids eat the lot!!! “Would you like a fruit cocktail mummy?”!! Oh yes please!!! ‘Slow parenting’ or should I say ‘slower parenting’  rocks!!!! Long may it continue.