It is raining, yippee! I am very happy as our area is now under a hose pipe ban and any drop of rain is essential for the garden. It is however still the Easter holidays, my Isabella goes to a little pre-school three mornings per week but it closes over the holidays as do all the little groups we go to so no organised things for us to do. I have checked the weather forecast and rain is due for the next week, another yippee!…but that means we will be spending more time in the house and I have been trying to think of things for myself and the kids to do.
My bedtime reading for the past couple of nights has been 1000 Ways to Amuse Children – Pam Harris & Toni Arthur. The book is my mums and was actually published the year I was born and I remember the front cover vividly, knowing that whenever this book came out we were to have time with mum having loads of fun. I won’t keep it a secret that I have found being a mum very hard, I am not sure if that is because I am a slight perfectionist and if things don’t go to plan I get quite worked up; or the fact that I like my peace and quiet and as those of you who are parents and even those who are not will know, kids are not quiet; or my need to be the best at everything and being a mum, wife and home maker has no sorts of comparison and each day is different, I only have my own ideas to compare myself to; most likely it is all of the above! For what ever reason I do struggle, but what I do know is that I want my kids to grow up how I did, with loads of time outside and lots of singing, dancing and creating. This book has reminded me of so many of the things that myself and my sister did as kids and I am very excited to try some of them over the next week.
My absolute favourite memory is of play dough, my mum used to make the Smooth and wonderful dough from the book. The ingredients for this dough are heated in a pan and stirred until combined, I remember the brightly coloured, warm dough being put in front of us, the smell was just happiness!
Smooth and wonderful dough
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 cup salt
- 4 tbsp cream of tartar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp oil
- food colouring
Stir the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a pan, then add the water, oil and a few drops of food colouring. Cook over a low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Any lumps will come out as the dough is kneaded. If this play-dough is kept in a lidded plastic container it will last for ages.
I am so excited about making this for the kids. I am hoping to get out tomorrow morning even if it is raining, the kids have super waterproofs so they won’t get wet, then we can come in to get warm and have something new and exciting to play with.
What have you been doing with your kids this Easter holiday? Have you got any tips to keep 3 1/2 years and nearly 2 year old entertained? What was your favourite thing to do as a child?
Hope you all have fun in this next week,
PS. I’ve just checked and the book is no longer in print but you can get copies from Amazon for less than £3, a great investment!