Beach Days, Tie Dye & Face Paints

This weekend, I took the girls to the beach. I think that’s what I’ve missed most during lockdown: getting away to the sea and letting the girls build sandcastles 🙂 They always seem happiest when they’re digging in sand, collecting water from the sea and jumping over waves, and I am too 🙂

I ordered some face paints on eBay since the girls love getting their faces painted and won’t get the opportunity to get them done any time soon 🙂 They were excited, even though my face painting isn’t up to the same standards 😀

The girls played hopscotch and we managed to get a glimpse of the garden before the stormy weather arrived 🙂 My lilies are thriving and I didn’t remember having yellow and white ones last year, so that was a nice surprise 🙂

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We made some tie dye butterflies. The kit came with the girls’ Toucan boxes. You just draw patterns with felt tips in the centre of a coffee filter and then fold it into a cone, dipping it into water for 30 seconds. That makes the pen run and when they dry they look like tie dye 🙂 Then, we just folded them and put them into wooden pegs. The girls decorated the pegs and we added pipe cleaners as antennae.

The girls also received watercolours with their box and practised mixing paints to make different colours. I thought it would be a short-lived activity since they’d done colour mixing before, but they were really interested in coming up with different shades and made pretty pictures that looks like decorating samples books 🙂

I ordered a build a garden set for the girls. It might be my favourite one of their toys 🙂 They spent ages constructing flowers and coming up with different combinations and shapes. We have been having a TV-free week, which has been good for the girls. I notice they have more time to get lost in an imaginary world without it being interrupted by the arrival of “TV time.” But I’ll also be glad of it when it returns so I can have some headspace to write too 🙂

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