An electric eel, dancing zombies and a pair of webcakes …
Posted Sep 07 2011 1:00am
The school Summer holiday has come to an end and the children are both back at school. We had high hopes for this Summer. We’ve managed to do most of the things on our wishlist. Those things we failed to do have been put onto our wishlist for October half term.
Things that didn’t work well;
Michael Jackson Masterclass : The 5 year old came home from a friend’s house saying a line from a Michael Jackson song over and over again. We couldn’t work out what it was so I suggested we have a look at You Tube and try to identify the song. It was good up until we hit Thriller and the zombies. Not a happy holiday memory, gathered around The Husband’s computer as zombies dance on the screen with my hands clamped over both children’s eyes saying “Just turn it off … NOW”. I predict nightmares for weeks although it has prompted some moonwalking attempts.
Make up new words : Webcakes = pyjamas. Dippers = slippers. Larlylaaaas = blackberries. The best part about this is that the child makes up the words. You simply have to spend 4 hours guessing. I can’t tell you how much fun and laughter we had over webcakes during a stressful bedtime. My sides nearly split from laughing so hard cough.
Guess the accent : I’m not sure if Grandpa has been giving her extra tuition, but the 7 year old does a mean Scottish accent. I discovered that I can do no accent apart from Yorkshire and Scottish and a sort of Welsh/Irish/Japanese hybrid. We discovered that the adopting an accent game is fine in the confines of your own home but not so good on a crowded bus in Edinburgh.
Snail Farm : The 5 year old walked around the house with at least three snails crawling up his arms before putting them to bed, in a box with a lid, for the night. Overnight one snail escaped … never to be found again. That day the rest of the snails were released back into the wild.
Scooter stunts in the back alley sans helmet : Stunt Boy … who else?! This resulted in a gushing head wound and a trip to A&E. Luckily it was superficial and his skull is still intact. He was more concerned about whether his favourite Mario t-shirt had survived the blood. It has.
Things that worked really well and were, in the main, free;
Library : We went to the library and got 30 books, we also joined a Summer reading scheme. The children each had to read 6 books each. The 7 year old who has a ferocious appetite for chapter books did that three times over. Their prize was some stickers, a medal, a wristband, a yo-yo and a certificate.
Face Painting : The 7 year old loves to paint faces. She did the 5 year old’s, mine and the Teenager’s. She’s quite good too. If only I hadn’t had to open the door looking like a dog to our, soon to be, new neighbour, who was telling me she would be moving in soon. Aaaargh.
Chalks in the back garden : A big pot of chalks and some paving slabs were great entertainment. Pictures galore. The next day the rain cleared it all away making way for the next lot of floor art. Particularly good if your youngest child’s portraits of you look slightly Jabba-The-Hutesque.
Mario Kart Wii Tournament : I keep winning. That’s all you need to know about that one.
Christmas List : Two Argos catalogues, otherwise known as ‘The Book of Dreams’, from Grandma, one afternoon of occupied children folding over pages.
Cafe : The 7 year old opened the kitchen as a cafe and served us breakfast and lunch for two days. She even employed her brother as a sous chef. The Husband showed her how to make toast. I told her, several times, that you must never stick anything metal in a toaster. I did a pretty good impression of an electric eel, holding a pair of metal tongs, to drum it home.
Washing things in the garden : When the 5 year old wasn’t doing a shift in the Kitchen Cafe he decided to wash his bike. A bucket of soapy water and a sponge and he was busy for an hour. He didn’t stop at just his bike, he did every wheeled object in the garden.