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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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  1. Fun Summer Activities For The Whole Family

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    When the kids have time off of school (or home schooling), take advantage of some of those gorgeous summer afternoons to plan activities together as a family. Not only will everyone have fun along the way, but you’ll end the day with some lasting memories and maybe some good old-fashion family bonding. Here are a few ideas for fun summer activities for the whole family.

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    Fruit Picking

    Find a local farm that is close by or use the internet to find one a little further away. If the farm is close, it can be a day trip. If not, why not make a mini family vacation out of this adventure? Kids will love seeing where strawberries come from, and picking their own is a great way to get them involved with their own nutrition.

    During the Covid-19 pandemic we have seen pick your own farms offering a Drive Thru service, which is very innovative!

    The best part is that when they’re all done, you can all pitch in to make some great strawberry jam or even a strawberry pie.

    Kite Flying

    If you like gettnig outside for your daily exercise, younger children will love the exhilaration that comes from controlling something darting and dancing around the sky. Older kids and adults might like to try their hand at a trick kite for a more challenging part of this family outing. Once everyone has a kite up and flying, hold some family contests, like who can get their kite the highest and who can make theirs dive the furthest and still rise back up to the sky.

    Museums

    Many museums and attractions are now offering virtual tours, so look for museums that have children’s sections in addition to their main museum. That way kids will have fun with hands-on activities, but older kids and adults can still browse exhibits that they find interesting. If all kids are younger (age 8 or younger) try to see if there is a children’s museum nearby. They will love using their minds and imaginations to explore the exhibits, and parents might just find some fun activities too.

    Beaches

    If you live in an area that lets you take advantage of a beautiful beach, grab the opportunity. Beaches might be a bit of a cliché summer destination, but there’s good reason. Kids and can splash in the water and build sandcastles with parental supervision, and older kids or teens can relax on the sand and read a book or listen to music. There are lots of discussions about the use of beaches and open spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic and therefore this option should be considered with discretion and consideration of others.

    There are many fun summer activities that your whole family can enjoy. So this year take advantage of some of those sunny afternoons to make some lasting memories, at a safe distance of course.

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  2. A card game for every day of the week

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    There is no escaping that corona virus (or Covid-19) is the main topic in everyone's news feed at the moment and for all the negativity that surrounds it, there are definitely some positives to be found.

    It has meant that there has been more family time as no one has to be anywhere but present at home. We were talking recently about family rituals and one of ours has been playing card games after our evening meal.

    Card Games

    There are so many games out there, here are our top picks!

    Pontoon ( or sometimes called Black Jack or 21)

    The Aim - To hit a total of 21 (or as close as possible beneath it)

    This is a game that all ages can play with a regular deck of cards and is quite a quick game. Each player is dealt 2 cards and the winner is the player that gets a total of 21 or the closest to it. If you hit 22 - you are out! 

    UNO

    The Aim : To be the first player to score 500 points, achieved (usually over several rounds of play) by being the first to play all of one's own cards and scoring points for the cards still held by the other players.

    To be honest, we don't ever play for points but to be the first person to get rid of all their cards. It is designed for children aged 7+ and can get quite competitive. It can also go on for a while!

    Crazy Eights

    Aim : The first player to get rid of all their cards and to reach 500 points.

    This game is VERY similiar to UNO but can be played with a regular deck of cards. Each player is dealt 5 cards and they need to put down a playable card (same number or suit) until they have none left. The 8 card can be used as anything.

    Monopoly Deal

    Aim : The first player to collect 3 complete Property Card sets in different colours to win.

    The Monopoly Brand Deal Card Game is all the fun of the Monopoly game in a quick-playing card game and is a great game to play if you are short on time as you can play in just 15 minutes. Ideal for age 8+

    Monopoly Deal

    Image credit :Emma and 3 blog

    Old Maid

    Aim : The objective of the game is to continue to take cards, discarding pairs, until no more pairs can be made.

    The player with the card that has no match is "stuck with the old maid" and loses. When playing with more than two players, the game is somewhat unusual in that it has one distinct loser rather than one distinct winner.

    Go Fish

    Aim - To be the person with the most sets of four at the end of the game.

    Go Fish is a classic children’s card game that can be played with any deck of cards. While there are sets of cards that are specifically designed to play Go Fish – often with fewer cards and numbers than a standard deck of cards – in reality specialised card decks are not necessary to play this game. 

    Snap

    Aim - To match the other players card and be the first to shout snap!

    This game is the perfect introduction to cards for little children and even as an adult, there is nothing more satisfying than shouting SNAP! 

     

    Do you have any favourites that we haven't mentioned?

     

  3. 6 Family Ritual Ideas to Get Started on During the Lockdown

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    “And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.” 

    This line from the recent poem by Kitty O’meara can have a profound impact, and encourages us to make the best out of a bad situation. Let’s be honest, we all neglect family time in the daily hustle bustle of our lives. If anything, we can use the lockdown to our advantage by revitalizing it. What better way to do it than with a family ritual? Here’s 6 ideas to get you started:

    Family Dinner

    Smartphones, despite being supposed to keep us in touch with everyone, are taking us apart from the person right next to us. The importance of a family dinner sans cell phones, TV and any electronic device cannot be underestimated. Everyone can talk about their day, the important and not-so-important stuff. Certain people go as far as to claim that Family dinners have a therapeutic effect as you can reflect, observe and talk about everything that happened.

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    Memory Jars

    Memory Jars serve as a ritual that turns the nature of our abstract memories into something a bit more concrete. Memory Jars involve writing down memorable things that happened throughout the year on cards and putting them in a jar. This can also lead to another family ritual which could involve something along the lines of opening all of them on Christmas and voting the most funny one, the most exciting one, the best trip of the year... you get the gist.

    Yearly Family Photo + Footprint Keepsakes

    Why keep a proper family photo restricted to a time that was ages ago? Having one every year adds a super sweet memory, and can be started right away! You can also mix it up with a footprint keepsake to make it more interesting!

    Commitment Jar

    Following the concept of a swear jar, a commitment jar is made for an aspect of your family that all of you would want to change. Maybe you’d like yelling to stop, or maybe you’d want to stop people from checking phones during dinners. Whatever it is, a commitment jar can have people add a certain amount of money to the jar as a custom which can then be given to charity.

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    The Family TV Show

    A good take on everyone being glued to watching TV shows can be watching a TV show that everyone likes, together. Discussing the same TV show during dinner can also be productive as you get to take a look at the different perspectives about the same show, and this also teaches the kids on being media critics.

    Game Night

    Lastly, the best family rituals are sometimes the ones that have been tried and tested by everyone. Game nights are fun, allows you to bond with your kid much better and makes for some interesting Instagram stories!

  4. Homeschooling & staying connected

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    We are in week one of our homeschooling due to the Corona virus and my new "co-workers" are yet to figure out how to make a decent cup of tea.

    We are all adjusting to our new normal and we have already had multiple websites crashing, due to so many people logging on at the same time. It is interesting to learn how impatient we all are when we simply expect something to work.

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    We are all so used to access to the world at the touch of a button. What with anytime-anywhere convenience, people crave immediacy and instant gratification while the always-connected nature of today’s world means that consumers – and businesses – expect to get things faster than ever before.

    new study by promotional products retailer 4imprint, reveals the true extent to which Britain has become an impatient nation.

    Some of the stats are surprising .....

    • 84 percent of UK adults class themselves as impatient
    • Nearly three quarters (73 per cent) admit they have become less patient in recent years
    • 41 percent said nothing is more frustrating than wasted time
    • 21 percent put their impatience down to getting bored quickly
    • 18 percent said they are so used to getting things instantly from the internet they often expect it in every aspect of life
    • 13 percent said they hate waiting for anything
    • Three in ten admit they binge watch boxsets because they don’t want to wait to find out what happens next
    • 34 per cent cross the road before the green man appears
    • A quarter say they will hang up the phone if they are on hold for more than five minutes
    • 24 per cent will walk out of a shop or restaurant if there aren’t enough staff/ all the staff are busy, or menu hasn’t come quick enough
    • 21 per get frustrated if someone doesn’t text you back immediately        
    • 18 per cent never read to end of articles
    • Work is major cause of impatience
    • A third claim the pressures of modern life have made them constantly pushed for time.

    Can you relate to any of these? The research was commissioned following a surge in demand from businesses that need promotional products delivering within 24 hours.

    So with home schooling the children and working from home, I have a sneaky feeling that work "may" rise a little higher on my own impatience list in the coming weeks.

    We may have become an impatient nation but staying connected to our friends and family is important right now. Curbing our impatience and remembering to be kind in unprecendted times is what we all need to do. kelly-sikkema-4le7k9XVYjE-unsplash

    This is a collaborative post.