Beach Days, Tie Dye & Face Paints

This weekend, I took the girls to the beach. I think thatโ€™s what Iโ€™ve missed most during lockdown: getting away to the sea and letting the girls build sandcastles ๐Ÿ™‚ They always seem happiest when theyโ€™re digging in sand, collecting water from the sea and jumping over waves, and I am too ๐Ÿ™‚

I ordered some face paints on eBay since the girls love getting their faces painted and wonโ€™t get the opportunity to get them done any time soon ๐Ÿ™‚ They were excited, even though my face painting isnโ€™t up to the same standards ๐Ÿ˜€

The girls played hopscotch and we managed to get a glimpse of the garden before the stormy weather arrived ๐Ÿ™‚ My lilies are thriving and I didnโ€™t remember having yellow and white ones last year, so that was a nice surprise ๐Ÿ™‚

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We made some tie dye butterflies. The kit came with the girlsโ€™ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 theyโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

I ordered a build a garden set for the girls. It might be my favourite one of their toys ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 โ€œTV time.โ€ But Iโ€™ll also be glad of it when it returns so I can have some headspace to write too ๐Ÿ™‚

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