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Back to school – but not yet!

In England, we have just about got to the middle of the school holidays, and already there are adverts abounding for Return to School materials!

It seems way too soon because we’re still in the middle of August – and the weeks are still stretching ahead. Inkpots is based near Brighton in Sussex and we have been enjoying some lovely summer sunshine. Many of the children from our after school clubs have been away on holiday and we’ve been getting postcards from all over the place! But I am detecting that the strain is beginning to show a bit and parents still have to juggle work/family/child care commitments. So I thought that it would be helpful to look at a few ideas for activities for the rest of the school holidays:

  • Libraries around the UK are running a Summer Reading Challenge featuring Roald Dahl’s books. It’s called the Big Friendly Read – and children are encouraged to read books and win prizes. What’s more, it’s all free! More information can be found at http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ and, of course, your local library will have all the information.
  • I have noticed that lots of museums are offering lots of free activities for children this summer – our local museums in Brighton have been running some really interesting things, so it’s worth checking out websites for your local ones too.
  • At the start of the summer, I ran a free creative activity mini course for parents which proved to be really popular so I have collated the ideas into a free help sheet which can get by clicking HERE.
  • Every Friday during the school holidays, I post activities for children to do based on David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny. These are all free to access and are posted in our News section of the website.

If you are still looking forward to getting away during the summer, your children may enjoy the Inkpots Holiday Activity Pack. This really colourful and attractive download provides lots of activities whether you are holidaying in this country or abroad. It’s been reviewed by children’s book blogger and librarian Book Monster Ally, who has described it as ‘brilliant’ and ‘scrumptious’. The feedback from children who already have the pack has been brilliant too.  And it’s just £4.99! Please order your copy HERE

Whatever your plans are for the rest of the summer, I do hope that you and your family have a happy, creative and fun-filled time

Gill

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