Firstly, Happy New year!
If your like me, and over spent at Christmas as well as over ate!! this post may be of use, I was thinking the other day of things I could do with the children that are not going to hurt my pocket to much!
I also posted on my Instagram to see what ideas you guys had and thought what a great way to help you all out and share them.
As a kid my mum would always take me to the library and I remember getting so excited to loan out a book. Elle had never been so I took her to our local library and signed her up! The lady was so lovely and its definitely changed from whispering and constantly being told to be quiet.
The library is free and opens the children up to 1000s of beautiful new books, Elle loved it and we also found out about a rhyme time group that they host!
Now this next one may sound odd but if your kids like animals like my 2 they will love it!
Honestly I know your thinking, really Nat? but we very often pop to pets at home! The kids love looking at the rabbits and guinea pigs we ready all the names what they like to eat.We then look at all the fish and see what homes you can get for them, it normally ends up in us singing and dancing to the animals as there is always a Disney themed character Elle feasts her eyes on!
Going to the park in literally one of my favourite things to do with the children, being honest I hate it if its raining but even when its cold grab ask of our snuggly coats, hats and gloves we grab a ball and run around to warm up! its a great way to let them explore and burn off steam! it always tires them out ready for a good night sleep. You can also find a explorer sheet like this on Pinterest like I did!
Ok so coffee shops may cost you, but do you have any full stamps in your purse? I dowloaded the Caffe Nero last year and checked on it the other day realising I had 2 full cards meaning free coffee!! result! So I made Elle and Laurie a packed lunch ( something I always try to take out with me) pope into my my local caffe Nero ordered them both a free babychino and used my stamp card for my free coffee!
EDIT-also if you have 02 priorities every tuesday and wednesday caffe nero offer a free coffee after 12
Being at home doesn’t have to drive you crazy! and lets face it the kids have just had a mountain of new stuff for Christmas so spending time playing at looking at it I’m sure they would love.
- Make a den , grab loads of cusions and blankets pop and film on and let the kids make a mess!
- Grab lots of objects like furniture and toys and make an obstacle course for them to tackle
- Grab all the old Christmas cards and pair of scissors and some glue and let the kids go wild!
- Make your own play dough you can find lots of easy recipes online
- Make cakes
Iv recently been introduced to the five minute mum on instagram who has some amazing ideas so head over and check out her 5 minute games highlight.
Visiting the farm doesn’t always have to be costly, look up family farms and see if you have any close our favourite is Christmas tree farm in Keston. if you are close and haven’t been id 100% recommend it.
now iv not attempted central London with the kids but we have visited horniman museum and we love it. So check out local museums!
I hope this will keep you busy and not hurt the budget to much! if you have any other ideas please pop a message in the comments!