Proud mother, and new writer. Tips, advice, and anecdotes from a woman's perspective.
Published March 25th 2013
Kids smiling: everyone's happy
During the Easter holidays, or any school holidays it's not always easy to occupy youngsters, especially juniors, without spending much money. Obviously the way to occupy them depends on the weather; if it's sunny you can always make a few sarnies and take a bottle of juice, water, and a blanket, and head for your nearest park for a picnic. If there's no park nearby any large grassy area is fine; take a ball and you're sorted for a few hours. If the weather is not very nice (like now in the UK), suggest a day without computers and hand-held devices, or battery-operated games and try the old ones for a change.
A jigsaw can be fun for everyone to do together, simple board games like Guess Who and card games like snap for the younger children and Monopoly and Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit for the older ones are winners. Even simpler games with a pen and paper where you write a long word and see how many smaller words can be created within 15 minutes without using Google, etc for the answer, and the 'Girls name, Boy's name, Animal, Vegetable/Fruit' game using a Dictionary to decide the first letter.
Also, for little expense, you can make fairy cakes with all different toppings and biscuits with faces, using icing in different colours. A lot of basic recipes are available on the internet.