Tissue Paper Landscapes, Adventure Golf & Viewpoint Trails

This weekend, the girls were busy working on a dinosaur excavation kit. They were so excited when they successfully dug it out πŸ™‚ Since we were already making a mess, they followed it with homemade playdough and made a sandwich shop in the kitchen.

We did an activity from their art box. It was making a landscape out of tissue paper. It was easy but it kept them happy. You could pick any scene you wanted and make it as abstract or realistic as you wanted. My daughter made a mountain and then critiqued my sunrise – she said it looks too much like a rainbow. My other daughter with less patience made a tissue paper tree and then got tissue paper glued to the tops of all her fingers πŸ™‚ I found it really therapeutic ripping and sticking tissue paper so I might make this a regular activity.

We had been at adventure golf earlier in the week and the girls wanted to go back, so we did πŸ™‚ I might be slightly addicted to it now too. It’s looks like a rainforest and takes place in dim light with various creatures dotted around the place. I think the girls are more interested in the alligator and the tree with the moving eyes than they are in golf πŸ™‚ We might return to do the longer course next time πŸ™‚

Afterwards, we went to the cinema to watch Around the World in Eighty Days. We brought popcorn and sweets and then figured out the seats were recliners πŸ™‚ The movie kept the girls happy and may have bored me to sleep, literally, but at least they mostly stayed in their seats πŸ™‚ I took the girls to Burger King for lunch and then they got to play with their cousins πŸ™‚

On Sunday, the girls insisted on me painting their faces, so I painted one kitten and one tiger πŸ™‚ I actually find it quite a soothing activity to do too. We went to my parents’ house and we ventured out to Rowallane to see the new viewpoint trail. It is near the playground. The girls loved running up the big hill and we paused at the top to look at the Mournes. Afterwards, the girls found a tree and insisted on getting inside it for a photo πŸ™‚ After they had asked to go to the playground five hundred times in a row, we took them for a climb on all the wooden structures πŸ™‚ They found a den but there were no painted rocks at it this time. My daughter collected some fallen flowers for my mum and made friends with a ladybird. We finished our walk with a trip to the cafe so the girls could get ice lollies and we could get coffee πŸ™‚ We were tortured by wasps, but I love the outdoor terrace at Rowallane – it feels like you could be in Italy when you’re sitting there πŸ™‚ The girls had some races up and down the hill before we left and then the sky started to get heavy, so our outing was well timed πŸ™‚

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