Have a wonderful Summer break

Filling the 6 weeks can be hard, as can finding new and exciting things to do, while watching those pennies.  Here at STAG, we want to try and help make things a little easier and offer you some inspiration.

Check out our STAG Mumbler – Summer Holidays Special

It’s never too late to tell us about great local events, clubs or groups.  So if you’re a local business or one of our lovely mumblers heading somewhere great this Summer, do let us know about it at stag@mumbler.co.uk and we’ll make sure we add it for other mumblers to see.

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10 ideas to make your family walks extra fun

We’ve come up with 10 ideas to help make getting some much needed fresh air and exercise a little bit more fun…

Our first tip is to try and add some variety to your walking route so you are not doing the same old circuit again and again. If possible try and change your route as much as you can to try and see new things. Play some of the games below whilst walking along or have an I spy list so you have something to look out for. That always seems to make sure little legs don’t get as tired.

1. Play a game 🎰🎰🎰family doing trail

This idea is pretty similar to how you might pass time on a long car journey. Try and think of different games you can play together whilst walking along. Here are a few suggestions:

  • I spy – needs no explanation!
  • Going on a picnic – one person says an item you’d take on a picnic. The next person then repeats that item and adds a new one to the list. It carries on until someone forgets the whole list!
  • Alphabet hunt – look for the letters of the alphabet in order on road and street signs
  • Counting game – count 10 cars, 10 trees, 10 dogs…you get the idea!
  • Create a story together – each person takes it in turns to say make up a story by saying one line at a time
  • Think of an animal – the rest of your family has to guess what animal you are by asking you questions that you can only say yes or no to!
  • Ghost – a good spelling game for older kids. The challenge is to add letters to form a word but not be the one that completes the word. Start with a random letter, then each player takes turns adding new letters.

2. Make your own ‘I spy’ list 👀 👀 👀Homemade ispy list

Make up your own simple ‘I spy’ lists to take out on your walk and tick off. You can do a new list each time you go out. You can include anything from road signs to nature! We’ve listed some ideas below:

  • Tick off different types of vehicles
  • Tick off different road signs
  • Tick off numbers in sets
  • Tick off and identify different types of trees or flowers
  • Tick off a list of things you know you’ll see but your children might not have noticed…letterbox, manhole cover, bus stop, park bench etc

3. Go looking for bugs 🐞🐞🐞insect hunting

If you have a magnifying glass, why keep your eyes on the ground and go looking for some bugs in your street. Just remember not to touch or pick anything up. Just look at the insects if you are out in public. If you want to do some real bug hunting, and if you have a garden, then that is the safest place for a full bug hunt.

 


4. Take some photographs 📸📸📸child taking pictures outside

Letting your child take some photos can add some variety to your daily walk and they will probably love being in charge of the camera. Try writing a list before you go out of things to photograph. It’s also a good way to ‘collect’ the items on your ‘I spy’ lists.

You could set a theme for the photos you take on your walk and print them off when you get home to turn into a collage.

Of course, you also get to enjoy ‘editing’ 3 million photos from your camera/phone when you get home. 😂


5. Turn your walk into an obstacle course 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️father and child walkin

Ok, so it’s not going to be as fun as a trip to the park, but why not try balancing on any lines you see, not standing on the cracks or jumping over any covers in the pavements. Please engage in this activity responsibly, and remember to keep at least 2 metres apart from others not in your family at all times.

 


6. Play what does the sign mean? 🚫🚫🚫road signs-

As a lot of us are simply walking around our local neighbourhoods at the moment there are probably plenty of road and street signs to see. Ask your child to read the signs or ask them what they think they mean.

 


7. Design a trail 🗾🗾🗾children walking

You could design your own trail for your children around your local streets. Decide on a simple circular route and write down basic directions and clues for them to solve. The clues can be based on street signs, road signs or shop names, even manhole covers – there are plenty of words out there when you start looking. The answer to the clue should reveal one letter and then all the answers (letters) make up an anagram your child needs to work out at the end.


8. Beat your step count⌚️⌚️⌚️step count

Why not try to beat your previous day’s step count…another lap around the block anyone? 😂

Or you could do the same walk a few times and see if you can beat your time! Might get everyone moving along to try and shave a few seconds off your personal best!

 


9. Map reading 🗺🗺🗺child with map

Give your child a map (either print off a map of your local area or use your phone). You can teach your child how to read the map, identify north and south, and try to navigate. Maybe you can encourage your child to plan a route or draw a map of your route before you head out.

You could also use a mapping app on your phone and show your child how to use it.


10. Do one of our themed Scavenger Hunts…simply write a list of things to find and tick them off as you go.

With special thanks to our lovely sister site, York Mumbler for this super blog.

15 Funny fun games to play with only a pen, paper and dice

Sometimes it’s the simplest of things that can result in the most fun. This short video from the super 5 Minute Crafts shows lots of fun and education games you can play, using only a pen, paper and dice.

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ARTBAR

Are you interested in providing your children with opportunities to make art with things you already have in the house? VISIT WEBSITE

Balloon Ping Pong

Hello, Wonderful, have some fantastic resources and this one is no exception. Grab a balloon and string and attach it to something, then as it swings, the children can hit it to each other like ping pong, or if playing alone, they can practise their swing as it comes back to them. Concerned they may end up pulling a light fitting down, we’ve done this by attaching it to the washing line.

Boomchikkaboom Live Stream Sessions

Boomchikkaboom are running Live Family Raves and Workshops, check out their Facebook Page for the daily schedule.

Suitable for all ages.

Brilliant garden based activities to do with kids

If you need some inspiration and ideas of things to do in your garden or in a safe open space with the kids whilst you’re at home, then we’ve come up with a great list below!

Children’s Origami

Orgami can be a great activity to focus children and give them something fun and creative to do. This super resource from Easy, Peasy & Fun gives them lots of options to choose from.

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Cirque Du Soleil

Enjoy wonderful footage from the Cirque Du Soleil shows

https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnect

Crafty Nail Salon

Simply grab a piece of cardboard, draw around your hands or theirs and draw on some fingernails, and then simply let them raid your nail polish bag and have great fun painting nails. If you’d rather not let them use your best nail polishes, they can use colouring pens or pencils instead.

Do your kids love science? Check out the Sci Show

This site is packed full of fun and educational topics, covering so many themes and answering endless questions we might have on a daily basis.

“At SciShow, we’re endlessly curious about what makes the universe tick. If you’re passionate about quenching your curiosity about… everything, you’re in the right place. Join us ever day to learn about the world around us and beyond.” Scishow

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Earth School

30 Quests for students around the world to celebrate, explore and connect with nature.

Earth School brought to you by TEDEd are embarking on a month of daily adventures – or Quests – that will help you understand and celebrate our natural world, while learning about how dependent we are on our planet.

Click here to begin

Free Audio Stories from David Wallliams

The brilliant follow-up to David Walliams’ bestseller The World’s Worst Children! Ten more stories about a brand new gang of hilariously horrible kids from everyone’s favourite children’s author.

If you thought you had read about the World’s Worst Children already, you’re in for a rather nasty shock. The beastly boys and gruesome girls in this book are even ruder, even more disgusting and WORSE than you could ever imagine!

This glorious collection of ten stories from the master himself, David Walliams, will make you snort with laughter and thank your lucky stars that you don’t know anyone like Gruesome Griselda or Fussy Frankie in real life. It also features a special appearance from fan-favourite Raj! The World’s Worst Children 2 is a side-splitting companion to David’s blockbuster hit, The World’s Worst Children, perfect for fans aged 9 and up.

Click here to begin listening

Horrible Histories

Here you can watch episodes and clips, play games, and even sing along to your favourite Horrible Histories songs!

How to make salt dough creations

My children have quite often come home from nursery or school with salt dough creations, but we never tried it at home! Used to create baubles, sculptures and ornaments, it is actually really easy!

#keepdancingchallenge

If your Mini Mumblers love dancing as much as ours do, then they will love taking part in the Strictly #keepdancingchallenge

All your favourite Strictly stars, create wonderful, easy to follow routines that all the family can enjoy. Why not make the grown ups learn them and have a dance off?

Follow the link and keeeeeep dancing  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p089h234

Keeping Toddlers Busy At Home

20 Activities to keep active toddlers occupied and busy at home

Learn Dynamo’s amazing trick

Do you have a budding magician? Do they love Dynamo? Why not use this time during lockdown to let them learn some tricks and watch his shows?

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Storyberries

Free fairytales, bedtime stories and poems for kinds. This great website has hundreds of books to choose from  and you can search by type, length, or what type of underlying message is contained within each book, such as community, empathy, nature.

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually from children all over the world.

Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Teachers use Storyline Online in their classrooms, and doctors and nurses play Storyline Online in children’s hospitals.

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The A-Z Game

This kept our mini mumbler busy for hours!!

The Butterfly Conservation

Do your Mini Mumblers love butterflies and nature? Why not check out this super website, all designed to support and protect butterflies.

They have –

The Wind in the Willows West End production is available to stream online for free

Want to watch free theatre shows online, including Frozen and Tangled?

View here

Things to do with kids when you’re shattered

Guest Blog from Sally – Harrogate Mumbler.

Virtual Field Trips for Kids!

We’ve got a whole section dedicated to helping you and your little ones get through this uncertain time.

 

Don’t forget to like and follow STAG Mumbler Chat Group for lots of local info.

 

With special thanks to our wonderful sister site, East Cheshire Mumbler for this super blog 💜

Water Bomb Pinatas

Our Mini Mumblers love this one! Simply fill up some water bomb balloons, hang them on a washing line or on a tree branch, grab something safe to bash them all with, and watch the kids have great fun getting soaked as them smash through them all.

Would you like your child to learn sign language?

 

Why not learn Sing a Rainbow, it’s a great one to start with.

 

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