Make your own games. Get a supply of cards, children’s scissors, glue and anything else you may want to make some fun games. Old school games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey or Snakes and Ladders can all be easily made at home and will keep the children occupied for some time. (Note: You will probably have to help out with smaller children.)
Cooking and baking. Once a week plan a cooking or baking day. Involve the kids in the process from the beginning — let them chose from a selection of recipes that you have ingredients for. If the child can read, get them to read from the recipe book. Step by step, help them to work through the instructions. Try to avoid the temptation of doing it yourself.
Make an assault course. Old pieces of wood, boxes, buckets, garden chairs — anything that can be jumped over, under or around. Tell the children to time each other around the assault course. The course can be completed on a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, or simply by running.
Build a garden patch (if you have a garden that is). Dedicate a small patch in the garden to the kids. Plant flowers, herbs, lettuce — anything that grows quickly and gives them the satisfaction of having produced something. If your kids are small, just give them a spade, put on their old clothes, and let them loose. I read recently that gardeners are the happiest people alive. The explanation was that there is a form of bacteria in the soil that actually makes you happy. No harm giving it a go; we all want happy and relaxed children.
Go camping. Build a tent indoors or outdoors with blankets and sheets. Once the tent is up, give them a torch and a picnic to take with them. I guarantee you won’t see them for hours.
Go on picnics. You don’t have to go far to have a picnic — my children regularly ask for a picnic out the garden. I give them whatever I have in the fridge. You’d be amazed how once it is packed in a plastic container and eaten on a blanket on the grass, how much the atmosphere romanticizes the most boring of sandwiches.
Have a treasure hunt. Make a treasure map with clues to find some treasure you have hidden somewhere in the garden. It doesn’t have to be expensive or big — any little treat will be exciting when it is found outdoors.
Create a Corona virus Diary. Encourage the little ones to keep a Diary or scrapbook. They can take photos of special days and write about them. It will become a lovely memory book for them in the future — and also keep them busy for hours.
Get jamming. Grab some musical instruments — things like bongos, shakers or tambourines, and get jamming. Get your kids to sing and dance along. (Alternatively, you can stick on Baby Shark, let your hair down, and dance on the furniture.)
Make a movie. Get your phone and some Star Wars/Barbie figures. They can create it themselves and use Windows MovieMaker to edit it afterwards. They get to have creative fun and you can make it into a movie night when finished (any excuse for popcorn)
Paint. One of the nicest ways to express your creativity is to use paint. Get large sheets of paper and lots of paint. Go mad and use your hands and feet — it’s liberating. To avoid any stress, prepare the area well and cover with plastic or newspaper. Have some water on hand to wash when you are finished.
Get into jewellery making. Go to a bead shop and stock up on beads, wire and clasps, and get busy making your own jewellery. This activity can be done with the smallest of children, just be sure to get appropriate bead sizes for different age groups. The children will be so proud to wear the jewellery that they have made.
Sketching. Go to a local park to sketch. They all had their own sketch pads and pencils, and they were encouraged to draw what they saw around them. They all had so much fun and want to make it a regular date.
Take nature walks. Go on nature walks with a purpose. On the beach, collect shells and stones to later make a shell castle or shell and stone sculptures. In the Campo, get kids to seek out different sorts of bugs, plants or trees. Alternatively, give them a map to plot the route you are taking. By giving them control and a plan will ensure they don’t get bored too quickly.
Have a clear out. Get the kids to clear out their rooms and have a go at selling the “crap” on-line. You could make a little bit of money . Pool all the money together and use it to pay for an outing for the whole family.
Visit the library (If it is open). Use your local library regularly. In most libraries you can get more than books; you can get movies and music. Make a day out of it. Do some reading while you’re there instead of getting some books and heading home. Give your children a love of books — it is one of the best gifts you can give them
Have a “Chill Day”. With all that activity planned, kids will also need some down time. Make sure you plan some days where you just chill, watch some movies, read some books, and take it easy.
Electric scooters have risen enormously in popularity in the last year and are now considered a convenient method of transport. More and more people are opting to use scooters to get to work in the mornings or to move around towns and cities. The benefits of these scooters are clear: they are quick, cheap to run and can be folded and carried around easily.
We must admit we loved the idea of zipping about town with minimal effort, no need to circle round for parking etc. But the speed of some of them did have us concerned and a friend of ours already picked up a 200€ fine!
New regulations have been put in place by Spain’s Directorate of Traffic after drivers, pedestrians and policemen complained about the dangerous practices of some electric scooter users.
Now, after thousands of complaints and accidents, Spain’s Directorate of Traffic has announced a series of temporary regulations that electric scooter users must comply with. The regulations are standing in until new laws in line with the European Union are passed.
Sub-director at the General Directorate of Traffic has said that the formal regulation of personal transporter vehicles has been requested by policemen who struggle to respond to certain situations involving electric scooters. He added that a lot of officers believe they are having a negative impact on road safety, especially in bigger towns and cities.
The regulation considers personal transporters as vehicles with one or more wheels that are designed for one person and are propelled exclusively by electric motors, with a maximum speed between 6 and 25 kilometres per hour.
According to the regulations, electric scooters are no longer allowed to circulate on the pavement or on pedestrian zones, as they can put pedestrians in harms way. A €200 sanction will be given to electric scooters circulating in areas meant exclusively for pedestrians.
People on scooters will also be obliged to undergo alcohol and drug tests and would be fined between €500 and €1,000 in the case of exceeding alcohol rates or in the presence of drugs. The use of mobile phones and earplugs is also completely banned and users will be fined €200 if found to do so. More punishable offences are circulating at night without wearing a reflecting vest or a lighting system and more than one person at a time on the scooter.
If a minor is fined, it will be the parents or guardians who will be liable for the infraction committed by the person under 18 years of age.
Rather than issuing a ticket to a financially-strapped Wisconsin mother, this compassionate police officer surprised her family with gifts instead.
Officer Kevin Zimmerman of the Milwaukee Police Department pulled over Andrella Jackson for a registration issue with her car earlier this month. He was then cheerfully greeted by her and her two daughters—although he was dismayed to find that the little girls did not have car seats.
Unfortunately, Jackson explained that she could not afford the seats since she has been struggling to buy new winter clothing for her kids for the upcoming Milwaukee winter.
Zimmerman then visited a nearby Walmart and used his own money to buy coloring books, stickers, and two new car seats for $75.
After paying for the purchase, he went to Jackson’s house to deliver the gifts. He even helped her install the seats and fill out the safety recall cards.
Though Zimmerman did not think very much of his gesture, Jackson later posted photos of the 36-year-old officer and her kids to Facebook as a thank you for his kindness—and it was quickly shared thousands of times.
“Now, I’m able to finish getting coats,” Jackson told WTMJ. “That saved me 70 something dollars on buying coats and hats and gloves. He’s awesome. I really love him. I really appreciate everything he did for me.”
It’s always exciting for a young child to be visited by the Tooth Fairy—so when this Wisconsin elementary school student lost one of his loosened front teeth amidst the chaos of a playground game, he was distraught.
The first grader from Gillett Elementary had been playing a made-up game called “ga-ga ball” with his classmates earlier this month when he suddenly found that his loose tooth had disappeared.
The youngster may have swallowed the wiggly tooth; or it may have simply fallen out onto the ground. Regardless, parents and teachers alike rallied together to scour the playground in hopes of finding the boy’s lost tooth—but to no avail.
The boy then approached Principal Curt Angeli for help. Upon listening to the boy’s story, Angeli knew just what to do: he wrote a letter to the Tooth Fairy as an official pardon for the tooth’s disappearance.
The note read: “Dear Tooth Fairy: Today, [my student] lost a tooth while playing outside at recess. Unfortunately, it was lost in our ga-ga pit, and despite the valiant efforts of an intrepid search team, we were unable to recover the tooth.
“As a trained principal and hobby dentist, I can verify that there is definitely a gap in [the student’s] teeth that was not there this morning when he came in. Please accept this letter as official verification of a lost tooth and provide the standard monetary exchange rate you normally use for a real tooth.”
Angeli then concluded the letter with an amusing note to the fairy, saying: “P.S. I am still waiting for the money for my wisdom teeth from 1987. Please remit as soon as possible.”
Since a photo of the letter was published by a Gillett Elementary School teacher, it has been shared hundreds of times by social media users praising the principal for going above and beyond the call of duty to comfort a distressed child.
Party Boothz provides a unique twist to any event with a photo booth to capture the memories of your special occasion. It is totally mobile and can be placed in any location. You can rent the photo booth for parties, weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, charity functions or any social gathering and you can arrange for your photos to be developed in colour or black & white plus you can choose the theme and they will arrange the rest.
This is a newly developed leisure area located on the banks of the Rio Fuengirola right beside the Sohail Castle just off the N340. There is a basketball court, table tennis area and a bike track which runs right along the river to the beach plus several play areas for the younger children.
This Spanish run company focuses on adventure tourism and events offering all sorts of activities including paintballing, rock climbing, hiking trails, abseiling, canoeing, water sports, horse riding and archery. There are various outdoor paintball zones in the Coin area plus a portable field consisting of inflatable objects. The company organises special activities for children too.
Located at Malaga Nostrum commercial park this go-karting track is an ideal spot to go for an adrenalin boost. Each session takes around 8 minutes. The track is open Monday to Friday 4pm - 12am and weekends 10am - 12am.
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