So we are several weeks into lockdown now and we are really missing welcoming the lovely families that visit us. We’ve settled into the new “normal” as I guess you have too.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
For me it’s been the home schooling and keeping the kids entertained. At Home Farm House the kids are no trouble, always either in the swimming pool or garden, but without the usual distractions it’s hard work keeping them occupied. So I thought I’d share some seaside themed ideas that we’ve done that might help you and remind you all of the summer holidays to come on the beach. They are simple activities and could be repeated when you next visit the Scarborough seaside.
Beach Inspired Painted Stones
We collected stones from the beach to decorate. Cloughton Rocks, a favourite destination close to Home Farm or Scarborough North Bay provide plenty of inspiration from limpit shells to sea anenomes, from blue skies to red sunsets, from scuttling crabs to lapping waves, not to mention the riot of colour of the beach huts at North Bay.
You can collect stones from anywhere on your daily walk and then do some seaside decoration to remind you of jolly holidays to come. Using paint or even sharpies get the kids to draw their favourite things. Maybe a cheeky seagull or a rotten pirate, a crusty crab or a beautiful sunshine.
We intend to decorate the garden at Home Farm with our pebbles but another great idea is to use them as story pebbles. Put them all in a bag, give it a little shake then take it in turns to dip your hands in and take one out. Make up a story based on the picture on your pebble. The next person adds to the story with the next painted pebble and so on, lining up the pebbles as you go. Older kids could write and illustrate the story too.
Let you imagination run away with you!
There are so many wonderful sea creatures on the sands and children love them all. Every child is in awe at the huge seagulls swooping down and often cheekily helping themselves to someones chips! We recreated our own “Sidney Seagull” using a paper plate. We cut into the centre of the plate to make the head, then folded over each side to create the wings and painting or colouring them grey. We finished the seagull by sticking on two orange paper feet and a triangle for the beak. Two eyes, we drew them on but you could use googly eyes if you have them, and there you have it!
One cheeky seagull…. at least he’s not after your chips!!
Look at our photo to help you make one.
Finally for fun…. Rainbow Skittles
I’m sure there isn’t a family in the country without a rainbow in their window. It’s become the symbol of hope during this corona virus pandemic. One of our science lessons was the rainbow skittles experiment which we’d love to share with you as the result was the most beautiful rainbow.
- Take a packet of skittles sweets (try not to eat too many) and arrange them around in a circle near the edge of a flat plate.
- Carefully pour on hot water from the kettle *Take Care* *Ask an adult* onto the middle of the plate just until it reaches the skittles.
- Watch as a rainbow forms.
Older kids can find out about solutions and solubility from this experiment. Details can be found on You Tube.