Friday, 19 May 2017

Bank Holiday On A Budget

I have been asked to work with Provident on their ‘don’t break the bank holiday’ campaign to advise families across the UK on what they can do but on a budget.

If your anything like us then it's essential that bank holidays and half terms are done on a budget. We try to fit so much in that the cost soon mounts up. So I have come up with a few ideas to get you started. Maybe you could set yourself a challenge to see how many things you can do for free? You'll be surprised by just how many there are. With the bank holiday also being the start of the next half term for most children, every parent could do with a few more ideas to keep the kids occupied!

So number one is to get your children to become nature detectives. On the Woodlands Trust Website you will find a whole range of free printable activity sheets varying in age range. We printed three of the animal tick lists off and headed to our local woods. I was surprised by just how much the children enjoyed this and we shall definitely be doing it again.

Now I don't know about you but we still have a few eater eggs hanging around and this next activity is the perfect way to use them up. Chocolate bark is quick and easy to make and the kids can get involved too. Simply melt some chocolate in a bowl, pour into a lined baking tray, top with your favourites sweets and pop into the fridge to set. Once set break into pieces and enjoy!

Finally we have dino ice excavation, this was definitely the kids favourite out of the three activities. I popped some toy dinosaurs into an ice cram tub, filled it with water and put it into the freezer for six hours. We then headed outside and it was time for the kids to see what they could find in the ice. It kept them busy for a lot longer than I had expected and they were over the moon when they managed to get the dinosaurs out. 

Let me know if you give any of these ideas a try and I hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend!

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  1. This looks so interesting! Thank you for sharing. Zoe x

  2. I love the sound of dino ice excavation... our little boy's still a little young but I'm going to have to remember that! Half term and bank holidays can get really expensive. We're lucky that there's lots of walks and beaches near us for free entertainment but we have to remember to take a picnic or we spend a small fortune on food!

  3. Great ideas! Heading out into the forest and baking are great ways to keep the cost down but still have fun and keep them entertained xx

    Alice Anne // Annie Writes Beauty

  4. I know the woodlands trust regularly have some great activities & there are different sites to visit and investigate. I can't wait to take bear doing some hunts and making up games in the forests. I love the look of the dinosaur excavation, I'd never even have thought of anything like that, it's such a great idea!

    Claire xx

  5. How on earth have I never heard of this? I am going out and building a nature sensory box! What an amazing idea!

  6. Wow the ice excavation looks fab! I've seen this idea for dogs on hot days but never thought how fun it would be for children. Definitely giving a go when little is older.