Something for the weekends

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Weekends are often busy, filled with things to do and places to go for most families, but I also want them to be a time where you can create as a family and make the most of each other.  With this in mind I have decided to run a weekly post on a friday featuring fun, fabulous and simple ideas for a creative family weekend.

These will be seasonal ideas of simple things that you can fit into your frenetic family life along with homework, movies, birthday parties, shopping and everything else a busy parent does.

I will give you a list of materials needed (most of which you will be able to find around the house or supermarket) and then some inspiration of what to do with them and hopefully help you fill your weekend with less #screenfree time.

But I need your help with this.  I would like to know the type of things you would like to see.  Do you want arts and craft, cooking, baking, ideas for outdoor play or a selection of all?

I do not want to make life more complicated but to encourage you to enjoy the simple things in life and slow down.  I want to encourage us all to put down our mobile phones and to be the change we want to see in our children.

I am not looking to make life more busy, but to help you find a balance and inspiration.  I want to encourage our children to not reach for their screens at the first sign of boredom.

So what do you think?

Are you up for reestablishing the connection with your children, for being a child again and having some fun?

Are you ready for something for the weekend?

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33 Responses

Shell Louise | 01.18.14

This sounds like a great idea. I don’t have my children at home most weekends but the weekends we do have them, all kinds of crafts or easy recipes are welcome!
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Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

Shell Louise » Hi Shell, thanks for the comment. All ideas are welcome

oana79 | 01.18.14

Arts and crafts for dafts :-). My little lady is art inclined and begs me for activities but I can never come up with anything good and stimulating. I usually end up printing colouring in pages, how sad am I?
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Cooking and baking ideas which are easy to do with kids but are not just cakes and treats.
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Emma | 01.18.14

A selection of things I think! Sounds like a great idea! :)

Twinsplustwo | 01.18.14

My children have always LOVED arts and crafts so new ideas are ALWAYS welcome :)
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Vai Chin | 01.18.14

Sounds like a really good idea. I would say a little bit of everything in turn.

Laura Halls | 01.18.14

Sounds like a fab idea
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I’ve got zero clue, I am not at all artsy or craftsy…. But it does sound very motivating and fun.
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Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

Laura Halls » Thankyou

Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

Mrs. Chasing the Donkey » I hope that it inspires you then!

Sounds like you’re going to have lots of fun x
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anna | 01.18.14

I would like a selection of all the ideas! More ideas is always a good thing, handy to turn to whether weekend or week day – and yes, I much prefer my kids to have other ideas than just screens its like when they feel bored the default is to ask can they have a go on ipad etc – argh!
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Sounds like a great idea. Maybe two or three ideas that can be done with the same core materials?
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Mummy of Two | 01.18.14

What a great idea. Would love some help with crafts!
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Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

Emily @amummytoo » Thanks for the comment Emily. That was along the lines I was thinking

Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

anna » I know, but it can be hard Anna, especially for parents that work all week.

Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

Mummy of Two » Glad to know you think it is worthwhile doing

This is a great idea – I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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Fritha | 01.18.14

this sounds like a great idea! x
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Vicky | 01.18.14

Yes yes yes yes please!!! I spend most weekends crafting and baking, but I have a personal habit of being a little directionless and/or overshooting on fun activities and ending up exhausted (well – more exhausted). As a mum in a wheelchair I have been criticized for not giving my kids a ‘normal’ childhood. I may not be able to take them for a walk in the woods – but we are always busy indoors in the winter, and outdoors in the summer. I would love to join in :-)
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Ninjacat | 01.18.14

What a great idea.
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Swazi | 01.18.14

I think it sounds really good – I love anything that helps keep us all entertained.
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natalie | 01.18.14

A great idea, I would like inexpensive crafty bits to do with the kids more.
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Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

natalie » I will try and make sure it is purse friendly!

Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

Swazi » I will try and make them suitable for all ages

Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

Ninjacat » Thanks Claire

Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

Vicky » I think that bitesized activities that you can go back to are essential.

Wendy | 01.18.14

I like a selection of stuff – and I always like outdoorsy stuff :)

Fabulous idea!
I’m always looking for new craft ideas, but both my toddlers love baking too and new games/outdoor fun, so a mixture would be great :)
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Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

Gude @HodgePodgeCraft » Thanks for the comment, off to check out your blog now

Jen Walshaw | 01.18.14

Wendy » Yes, I need to have a decent repertoire of outdoor stuff

Oooh yes please. A mixture of everything would be great. You are fab, keeping us all on top of everything.

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