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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

VIVA! ! !

As mentioned in a much earlier post my kids enjoyed a soccer themed day at school..well finally here is my promised update on the event.
It was a cold, grey day in Melbourne...surprise, surprise. The kids woke early ready for the fun day ahead. My youngest walked out of her bedroom and yelled VIVA MEXICO!! And so began the World Cup Soccer day . As I said in my earlier post my kids were representing Mexico, Germany,Denmark and Chile.                                                           
My eldest told me that they were grouped with kids from all ages and would be rotating around different mini soccer games. Here are a few photos of the action of the day. I was unable to go because I had to work , my sons teacher kindly took photos for me.

So ended the mini World Cup...with Germany taking out the winning honour!!! The kids really enjoyed the day. What a great way to celebrate a major sporting event. It is rare to have school activities which encompass exercise, geography, team work and culture appreciation. The kids not only spoke of the soccer skills they learned but also the facts they gathered about the country they represented. Here are a few quotes from my gang regarding the day:
              “Mum I was the striker”
                         “We had to explain the rules to the Preps

  “The colours I’m wearing are the same as the Chilean flag- red, white and blue"

                                           “I had fun Mum”


As the real World Cup competitions comes to a close we watch with a better understanding of both the sport and the competing countries. VIVA!!!

 I am grateful for the education my children receive.
CindyC xx

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Frisbees,football and fun!


Take 5 kiddies, one ”prepared” mum, lots of activities and what of have you got?? A fun filled, noisy day at home on the school holidays!! I have to admit when I agreed to babysit my niece along with my 4 monsters somewhere in the back of my mind a little voice was saying NOOoooo.....!!!! What could I do with 5 school aged kids on a winters day in Melbourne? Oh and won’t cost alot of money?

             Well here is what I came up with...let me know what you think?
Our first activity was a cheap craft kit from the $2 shop.The girls made flowers    and an angel.
After the craft activity we had a small morning snack of fruit kebabs and a glass of milk. Once they were fuelled up we all headed to the local park for some fun. It certainly burnt off energy and we all got some fresh air which is always a bonus during winter in Melbourne.

                              Park fun, frisbees and footballs!!
                                                 AFL champions in the making??!!
  To round off a great day we headed home for some chill time.We watched Alison in Wonderland and enjoyed hot chocolate and biscuits. And last but not least I brought out the Wii for some good ol' fun...mum included!

All in all the kids were entertained and I was relatively still sane by the end of the day. In my opinion the key to keeping the kids happy was to find the balance between physical activity, creative activities, console games and of course quiet time a.k.a mums cuppa time.
Would love to hear what other mums have done to keep the kids entertained these holidays?

I am grateful for being able to balance work and family