Summer Holidays: Bug Week

Jess McGlynnAugust 5, 2014

Because I am a huge nerd very organised, I have created a plan for the summer holidays.  Mostly, this is because if I didn’t plan something then we would invariably do nothing and simply live like hermits for 6 weeks.  Also, being on a tight budget it always helps when you have a plan as I have found that it stops me going out and randomly spending money without thinking.

So, the plan for week one was all about bugs.  For some reason unknown to me, my kids are totally fascinated by all forms of creepy crawlies and often bring me beetles and other shudder-worthy creatures cradled in the palm of their hand.  So bugs seemed like a good place to start.

To kick the week off, our local soft play centre had a promotion on for free entry if you turned up before 10.30am.  Not only did we get to wear the kids out without it costing us a penny but the day we went they also had a creepy crawly event…what a total bonus!

Next up was our bug house, which you can read about in more detail here.  I can’t recommend doing this enough if you have a mini beast fan.  Meg and Eli have been out checking it every single morning and always exclaim with sheer delight when they see something there.

Needless to say I am less delighted when they try to present it to me.

Unfortunately, on a high from all our bug successes we then attempted to incorporate some cooking into our week, in the form of pizza snails.  If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, you totes should…find me @jmcglynn) you will probably have seen the horrendous fail that was our snails.  The dough just didn’t roll properly and we ended up with pizza blobs.  I think of the whole batch maybe one looked like it was supposed to!

They tasted pretty good though and the kids had fun making them, which I guess is what counts even if my perfectionist self was screaming inside.

Finally, we rounded the week off with some bug pom-pom making.  I would do a ‘how-to’ on this but there are loads of helpful videos on youtube showing you how to make them using anything from a cardboard template to a fork, so I would recommend you have a look there.  The pound shop currently have a deal on wool too; you can get two for £1 which is pretty good and they have a whole range of colours.

What have you been up to this week?

Comments (3)

  • Holly Nelson

    August 5, 2014 at 11:02

    You are such a good Mom! I have done all of these things when teaching before and can vouch for children loving creepy crawlies in all forms if phobias aren't passed on to them!

  • rebecca beesley

    August 6, 2014 at 21:02

    what a brilliant week for the kids – Love it when all the themed things just click together perfectly. When we were homeschooling, we used to have a lot of random coincidences that enhanced their learning like a piece in a reading comprehension about Scott (of the antarctic) and then we went on a spontaneous visit to Wales and found loads more about him at the National Museum in Cardiff. So what a bonus about the soft play / bug day – Brilliant x

  • Elaine Livingstone

    August 15, 2014 at 11:05

    looks like a great week ( apart from the spider) it is hard when you are a perfectionist and have to allow your children to do cooking or art work, but the pizza's look good
    those bugs are brilliant

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