Last week was spent in the company of lots of other home-ed families who live locally to us. The kids had an absolutely amazing time: E was up and out from first thing in the morning until last thing at night. H had fun exploring and playing. L loved the freedom of the open space and people to smile at! I had an exhausting time, trying to keep up with them all, and finally caught a break on day 4, when L decided to have a full-on sleep for over 2 hours. It was bliss. I even managed to read a whole 2 pages of my book!
Everyone had brought an activity or an idea for an activity, so there was always something to do, but most things evolved from ideas from the children themselves. They put on a fantastic play on one of the days, complete with costumes made from a box of random material and bits from the scrapstore. They came up with their own characters and (vague) storyline! It involved a queen, 2 greedy princesses, a footballer, a donkey who pooed gold (!!), peter pan, and I’m sure others I’ve forgotten. One of the parents acted as narrator to bring it all together. It was fab. And the next day they put on Act 2!
We had music sessions using amazing instruments brought along by another family. I constructed a den from bamboo and willow, which we then weaved material around. Very therapeutic! There were walks organised. Geocaching trips. Children’s yoga. Ball games. Slackrope walking. Tug ‘o war.
One of the best bits were the communal meals in the evening, all cooked on the campfire. I’m a rubbish cook, so it was amazing to watch it all coming together. It’s a skill I need to learn! And the kids ate their body weight in marshmallows.
Oh and someone booked the weather too!