15 FREE SUMMER DAY OUT IDEAS

*Although free to do some of the days out may require transport and food/drink costs.

As part of my summer posts to help you save money and give you some inspiration today I am sharing with you some Free summer days out ideas. I'm going to bet that when you look back on the summer holidays you had as a child it was the free activities you remember the most not expensive holidays and big days out. 





HOW TO SAVE MONEY DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS

The summer holidays are fast approaching. It tends to be an expensive time when children are off school for 6 weeks. The cost of living crisis this year is also going to make the summer holidays harder financially on families. Planning is going to be key when it comes to keeping kids occupied/entertained and fed this summer. Below are  some ideas to help you to save money during the summer holidays.




KID COACH APP | Helping Autistic Children to Communicate

Ad/Gifted –  A years subscription of the Kid Coach App featured in this post was gifted to me in exchange for this post. All thoughts are my own.



Communication when you have a child who is autistic can be difficult. There are different ways someone with autism may communicate; this can be via a communication device, PECs (picture exchange communication), Makaton or another way. The Kid Coach App wasn't actually created for the autistic community in mind, however it has many benefits for those on the spectrum who are verbal.


Today I am sharing how we are getting on using the Kid Coach App with Blake. Blake personally is behind in speech but can communicate verbally and uses PECs, especially at school. With Blake it is hard to have a back and forward conversation with him. Echolalia is something that is frequently part of his communication. Echolalia, for those of you who don't know is the name for repetition of words, phases or sounds of others speech.


When I came across the Kid Coach App I thought it was a brilliant way to help us to explore fun conversion topics with Blake. Kid Coach App is aimed at parents of children aged 6 to 12. It is compatible with all devices and features hundreds of questions to start having deeper conversations that encourage critical, analytical and creative thinking and empathy. There are easy, medium and hard questions depending on your child’s capability.



ATTENTION AUTISM | WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Having an autistic child often means struggling with communication. Attention is one of the important things when it comes to helping to improve your child's communication skills. This is something that was focused on during speech therapy with Blake back when he was a preschooler. Attention comes first as a starring point as you can't "teach" communication to a child who can't pay attention.


We had a few sessions of Attention Autism with a speech therapist before we relocated which was going well. We also started introducing PECs ( picture exchange communication) and visuals with the speech therapists support.  Blake now has all this support in place at the specialist school he goes to. One of his favourite things is "bucket time" that they do during circle time. This is an activity as part of Attention Autism.


The Benefits of Chores for Children

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While for parents it's a way of getting the cleaning out of the way, chores can be beneficial for children in their development. They can learn about time management, meeting expectations and how to be independent. We have teamed up with a senior school in London to share more on the benefits of chores for children.



GIVEAWAY | Mega Spin Gravity Yo-Yo

Ad/Gifted – Mega Spin Gravity  featured in this post was gifted to me from Wicked Uncle in exchange for this post. All thoughts are my own.



I'm sure that most of us had a yoyo as a child. I know I did even though I was never good at using one. The great thing about them is that they aren't just for kids, adults can have lots of fun with them too. 



The Mega Spin Gravity Yo-Yo is an easy to use Yo-Yo with LED lights and cool auto return technology.  Simply throw it down and when it reaches the end of its string it will bounce right back to your hand! It looks really cool with your smooth yo-yo skills, enhanced by the colour changing LED lights as it spins. The high-tech shape is perfect for string tricks and clever yo-yo stunts, from the Elevator to Around-the-World. With practice, you'll be a yo-yo master in no time!




Exploring Creative Writing with Your Child

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Words give us the power to express ourselves and creative writing gives children the opportunity to form creative ideas and develop their thought processes. So, as well as helping them in English, it can help them throughout school in a range of subjects. We have teamed up with a private school in Essex to share the different ways that you can explore creative thinking with your child.



Top Tips for Preparing Your Child for the School Bus

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Having to get the school bus for the first time can be a scary thought for both children and their parents. There may be anxiety around getting lost, issues happening along the way and dealing with the unexpected. Running through all of this ahead of time can make sure that your child is prepared and ready. To help you make sure that you’ve got all bases covered, we have teamed up with a prep school in London to share our top tips.



Helping Your Child with their Social Skills

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As your child moves through life, they will encounter a range of different social situations. From making friends to meeting their peers and working with others in professional settings. Being able to do so and remain calm requires social skills. The ability to interact with others both verbally and non-verbally. You will be surprised to learn that the non-verbal elements are the ones that say the most about us as up to 55% of communication is nonverbal. It’s in our body language and the facial expressions that we display. Here’s some guidance from a prep school in Sussex on helping children with their social skills.


Kitchen Lighting: 4 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid

Lighting in a kitchen is both for aesthetics and function. When remodeling or building a kitchen, choosing the appropriate lighting is crucial. Unfortunately, mistakes happen, and poor choices occur. This guide is meant to help homeowners avoid lighting mistakes so their kitchens will be beautifully lit. 



 Kitchen Lighting Choices Are Critical

Most homeowners choose lighting fixtures based on appearance alone. Unfortunately, this can be a mistake. When homeowners are searching for kitchen lighting fixtures, they often need to rely on professional intervention. Hiring a kitchen remodeling company that doesn't use contractors offers the best option.