Spring is just around the corner and there are so many exciting festivals and holidays that provide a great excuse to spend some quality time with your family. Here are just a selection and some tips on how to enjoy them with your kids.
Although for most people St Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the love between a couple, in our house we’ve always made it a family affair.
There are so many ways you can include your kids and show them just how much you love them:
- Take time out to play or read with them, or watch their favourite film (Cinderella was always my favourite)
- Do something different! Ceramic painting, go-karting, taking a trip in a hot-air balloon and picking your own fruit or vegetables are all fun activities that the whole family can enjoy
- Whip up something delicious in the kitchen – I particularly love the look of the owl cupcakes here http://bit.ly/2HcZ8Ts
Shrove Tuesday actually has its origins alongside the Carnival tradition celebrated throughout the world. It is a celebration of all things “forbidden” and takes place before the fasting period of Lent. When I was growing up pancake day was (and still is) one of my favourite celebrations – I loved cooking up pancakes with my mum for the family. Here are some delicious and kid-friendly recipes for you to try whipping-up at home:
- easy-peasy 3 ingredient pancakes http://bit.ly/2HgFyWE
- fun animal pancakes http://bit.ly/2HfJmXW
- if you’re feeling extra-extravagant try these banoffee crepes http://bit.ly/2F1pxmy
Even if you don’t have Chinese roots, Chinese New Year has some fun traditions which you can enjoy with the whole family. Traditionally, Chinese families celebrate with an annual reunion dinner and gifts for the children. But before the fun can begin, the house has to be spring-cleaned from top to bottom and decorated with paper-chains – what a great way to get the kids thinking that cleaning is “fun”! Chinese New Year is also now celebrated all throughout the world so you could even take the kids along to one of the (often free) celebrations organised in your nearest city for a day full of colour and costumes and parades.