TUESDAY'S 10: 10 Activities for the School Holidays


 A previous school holiday acorn craft

A previous school holiday acorn craft

Time seems to fly by so quickly with children... It's school holidays here in NZ again and I don't even know where the last ten weeks went! We are in transition mode as we are relocating to Tauranga in the next few weeks, but here is a list of ten activities the girls have requested we still fit in somehow. Perhaps you'll be inspired to try a few yourselves... Enjoy! x

  1. Make play-dough
  2. Bake cookies
  3. Go on a nature trail
  4. Plan a "crafter-noon tea party" 
  5. Have a treasure hunt
  6. Build a den/fort/cosy nest
  7. Take a picnic to the park
  8. Go to the museum
  9. Have a home cinema night
  10. Play board games in pyjamas

What activities will you be doing over the holidays? What are your kids favourite things to do when school is out? 

Happy Holidays,

Love Holly x

TUESDAY'S 10: 10 Table Rules - Written by a 4 & 6yr old


 Arabella & Lucy's Table Rules

Arabella & Lucy's Table Rules

To start off my Tuesday feature of bringing you a list of 10 things, here is a something the girls created last week to go on the wall. They were talking about how to behave at mealtimes, what they should and shouldn't do and Arabella decided it would be a good idea to write down a list. (Yes I know, she's definitely my daughter!) I challenged them to come up with ten things and they quickly did - followed by one extra bonus rule... So here they are in their words:

Ten Table Rules:

  1. Sit on your chair nicely, no standing.
  2. No talking with food in your mouth.
  3. Whatever you do, keep your mouth shut when you chew. *
  4. Don't interrupt whoever is talking.
  5. Knife & fork together when you're finished.
  6. Cake or treats are for last.
  7. Wait for your pudding, don't ask and ask and ask.
  8. Stay at the table till everyone's finished.
  9. Ask to get down nicely.
  10. ALWAYS SAY PLEASE & THANK YOU!

Plus one little extra: "You get what you get and you don't get upset!"

This last little nugget of wisdom came home from Kindergarten one day and has stuck ever since. There's nothing wrong with teaching your children good manners from the very beginning, in fact I encourage you to do so! Even as grown ups we too need the occasional reminder - Lucy is the first to point out rule number two if anybody forgets. So talk about table manners, set a standard that suits your family, lead by example and hopefully with a little patience and practice, mealtimes will become a much more harmonious experience (I'm not making any promises though!).  

Happy Mealtimes,

Love Holly x

* This was a quote from a wonderful book we had from the library when the girls were younger, called "ATCHOO: The Complete Guide to Good Manners" written by Mij Kelly