Snap Shots from an 11 year old

What happens when you give a camera to a Tween?

This is exactly what i did In the summer. Jak was nearly 12 and is just getting into photography.

We was staying at a Haven caravan site in caister, our caravan was pretty close to the grassy sand dunes and on the other side was a lovely wide beach. Jak went off one morning with the camera in hand and came back with these fabulous shots

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Photos by Jak Wright, 12

What do you think? Will he cut it as a Photographer

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Princess Diana Memorial Playground and Fountain

Situated in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park in London is somewhere very special for children and adults to visit, designed and built in memory Lady Diana.

Diana’s Memorial Playground is in Kensington Gardens, it was inspired by the fairy tale story of Peter Pan, in the middle of the park is a huge wooden pirate ship surrounded by sand and tress with plenty of things to do and see the children never get bored in here. It opens up there imagination and off they go to explore and pretend to be one of the lost boys in hiding from Captain Hook and his men.

This park is one of the boys favourite places to go when we are in London and i can totally understand why, it is such a magical place and very fun, it’s a place where imaginations run wild for the young and old. With a sensory trail, teepees, treasure chests, adventure playground among the trees, swings, slides, beach and tunnels there are many things to do. It is very scenic too with lots of trees and plants around and adults can sit down on the grass and relax whilst the children go off and play.

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Oliver loved filling up an empty cup with water from the tap and walking over the rocks to pour down a hole so that the water would roll down the rocks to the bottom to make a stream. There is nothing better than a bit of water play!

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Joseph’s favourite part of the park is the huge pirate ship which is central to everything else in the park, he enjoys climbing up the mast and hiding down below the deck

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After exploring our imaginations, searching for treasure, fighting with the crocodile, burying ourselves in the sand, having a treetop adventure and sailing a huge ship we decided it was time to leave and make our way through Kensington Gardens to Hyde Park where Diana Memorial Fountain is, i have blogged before about this place. It is such a fabulous place to visit if it is a hot day in London and you want to cool down

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The boys love to walk round the fountain and feel the speed of the water gushing past their feet, i like to just sit on the edge and dangle my feet in.

These two parks are definitely one of our favourite places to visit in the summer in London. If you were to visit the Park then i advice you to get there for 10.00 AM when it opens as the queue can become quite long, at certain points of the day you can be likely to queue for up to 45  minutes as this park is a free entry. The park employees stand on the gate not allowing the park to become overcrowd, it very safe and they do not allow any adult in with out children.

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A fun day out at Promenade Park

The boys love to play in a park and the moment I say to them that we are going out for a play they get really excited.

Last week we spent a few days at Nanny’s house which is near to Maldons promenade park, the park is set aside the River Blackwater and has many things to keep the children entertained, a wooden ship play area, boats, crabbing, splash park, play areas and sand pits.

We packed up a picnic and off we set ready for a day of fun!

As soon as we arrived at the park were our way to the splash park, we bought our wristbands which cost £2 per person for half hour, the boys stripped down to their swimming trunks and as soon as they opened the gates off they ran to get a soaking.

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Oliver normally loves to play in water but he had just woken up and just wanted to run along in the water that was at the side, he still enjoyed splashing around with his hands and feet but saint pluck up enough courage to run through the jet sprays of water or stand under the waterfall.

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After 30 minutes of wet play the whistle blew and it was time to dry off and make our way out of the splash area.

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Joseph wanted to go play on the big wooden ship, the boys hd so much fun chasing each other around pretending to be pirates, I on the other hand just chased Oliver around, he’s like Usain Bolt when it comes to play areas! He loved climbing up the stairs and running around the ship and going down the many slides that were there, his favourite was the curly slide.
We found a wheel on the ship that was a clock with all the numbers on it, Oliver pointed out the numbers to me and spent a while turning the wheel and doing his numbers.

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It was nearly time for some food so we went to a quieter area in the park where there is a little sand pit, a water wheel and some grass to sit on, it’s right next to a little cafe so we got to sit and relax while the boys played in the sand. Joseph spent his time gathering water from the tap and moving it the sand to make a moat.
Oliver found a little friend who he had running races with, they ran down a hill together, saying 1,2,3 GO! Off they went racing away

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We all had a really fun day, the splash park is an ideal place for the children to cool down on a hot summers day and the play areas are brilliant for the children to spend hours playing away and using their imaginations.

Before leaving for home we found a nice little spot to take a picture of Nanny with her boys

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176/366 Many uses of a washing up bowl!

The weather has been a bit up and down today kind of like my feelings really 🙂
One minute it was raining and then the next it was sunny so in the little time that the sun had it’s hat on, Oliver had a splash in the washing up bowl. Although he is 11 months old he is still really slight so fits in it just right, a little snug but he still managed to turn all the way round and and play with the water.

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Survival of a rainy day (play-dough recipe)

I’m always trying to think of new ideas to keep my boys amused and away from the television as much as I can (especially in this horrible weather) and making play dough with them is the best, it’s quick, easy and fun for all of us (whatever age).
Not only do they get to make the play-dough and get really messy whilst doing it they get to play with the result.
It keeps for about 2 months as long as it is wrapped in a polystyrene bag or in a tight plastic container (I do both).
The boys love getting stuck in with their hands and they like to choose the colour they want it to turn out like, although we have arguments in our house so we do two batches (one colour for Jak and one for Joseph).
I let the boys do all the measurements and mix all of the ingredients together but I do the kneading while it is hot, once it’s cooled they take over.

Play-dough is good for creativity, imagination, exploring, expressing and fine motor skills.
It’s great for toddlers hand development by feeling the texture of it, pinching, squeezing, rolling and poking it.
By letting children help you measure, pour, mix and colour it teaches them concepts such as wet/dry, hot/cold and empty/full.
By adding a flavour/scent (such as vanilla, almond, peppermint, lemon, coffee) to your play dough it will create a new sensory experience for your child, you could encourage your child to describe the smells with words.

Although this recipe has lots of salt in it, it really won’t do the child much harm if swallowed apart from leaving a horrid taste in their mouths.
You could add glitter to your recipe too, makes it very sparkly.

Joseph choice was the colour red with lemon flavouring.

Play-dough recipe
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water
Flavouring (optional but I recommend it)
1 tablespoon of oil
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 teaspoon of food colouring

Equipment
Bowl
Cup
Wooden spoon
Microwave
Teaspoon and tablespoon

Mix all of the dry ingredients together then add in the colouring, flavouring and water in a microwaveable bowl

Microwave for 2 minutes

Stir (remove any dry bits from the side of the bowl)

Microwave for a further 2/3 minutes until cooked

Remove and knead until cooled (be careful as its hot!

ENJOY!

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