Sand Art

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Since the weather has been sunny and warm, I should probably be writing about all the outdoor activities we’ve been enjoying. Unfortunately, we cannot spend all our time outdoors. Dubz still has a daily nap from 1-3.30pm, so Husband and I often use this time at the weekends to spend quality time with our 6-year old daughter. Last Sunday I was tired and grumpy, so Husband had some Daddy-Daughter time with Moozles, making sand art.

When Moozles turned five, her birthday gifts became 90% craft kits.  This is great because it means that we always have something to do on a rainy day or a quiet afternoon. She received a Bottle Sand Art kit for her sixth birthday a couple of months ago. She needed some initial help from her daddy. He put the sand in some bowls, and showed Moozles how the funnel works. It was quite easy for her to do on her own. I’ve seen similar retailing for £6-£7 and would suit children from the ages of 4-7. I would definitely recommend as a gift for your child or someone else’s. Moozles really enjoyed herself and was proud of her creations (and I got half an hour of peace to de-grumpify).

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Why not pop over to Country Kids and see how other people are having fun away from the telly.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

LolliBop Festival, 15th-17th August 2014

I have heard of the LolliBop Festival but I haven’t been before as I have spent the last couple of years being pregnant and then dealing with a baby. So when I received a press release a few days ago, my eyes nearly fell out of my head. The line-up is ridiculous. It’s like a kid’s dream day. Justin Fletcher, Chris & Pui and Hook & Line (Swashbuckle) from CBeebies. There’s a Scooby Doo show and a Postman Pat mini-show. LolliBop is aimed for children up to the age of 10 so I am certain that my kids will have plenty to see and do (my daughter is six and my son is two).

There will also be a Lazy Town show, musical workshops from the team at Stomp!, a Bear Grylls Survival Academy (to appeal to older children) and Harry’s Wizard School. What they haven’t made clear is the age range for the the wizarding workshops, which include Wand Making workshops and Brooomstick training. Do you reckon that 38 might be too old? Just asking for a friend. 
LolliBop is at the lovely Hatfield House, which I’ve been to twice for work awaydays, in Hertfordshire (north of London). You can grab the train to Hatfield from King’s Cross, and Hatfield House is a five-minute walk from the train station. I prefer driving for days out with the family (as there is normally a tantrum at the end of our day), so it will take about an hour in the car from SouthWest London.
Check out the LolliBop Festival website for more information on their line-up and booking individual and family tickets.
*Photo credit: from Hatfield House website