Creative Weekend

The creative weekend

Friday afternoon: the week is over, finally the weekend is there! And in the blink of an eye it's already Monday again. So that your free time isn't wasted washing the car, doing the shopping and watching TV, now and again you should declare a weekend to be a special creative weekend, a Saturday and Sunday that are different from all the others in the year. But there is no need to take a trip into the city or plan a weekend away. The creative weekend is best spent at home.

Here are a few ideas for your "slightly different weekend":

Living room picnic

Have you already packed your picnic basket, but now it's pouring down outside? Than have your picnic in the living room instead! Just as if you were sat outdoors with a picnic blanket, drinks in plastic cups and food on plastic plates.

Craft some individual place mats to add a nice decorative touch while at the same time keeping the food off the blanket on the floor. All you need is a simple A4 piece of card with creative patterns stuck on it, for example squares, circles and triangles, then covered in sticky back plastic.

True adventures should also give some thought to the path into the living room. Don't just go through the door, find a route through the whole house. First scaling beds in the bedroom, then crawling under the kitchen table, stalk through the (filled) bathtub before having to overcome the sofa on all fours.

I am you and you are me

An idea that your children are bound to enjoy: a two day role reversal. The children take over the parents' role, and the parents the children's role. Complete with all the chores and responsibilities as well as the perks of course. The parents have to ask if they can watch TV, and the kids have to do the cooking. The parents sleep in the kids' room, the kids in mum and dad's room. So that no family member forgets their role for the weekend, you should make name badges for everyone and all put them on.

So that no family member forgets their role for the weekend, you should make name badges for everyone and all put them on. Simply cut out an oval from coloured card and stick or draw the first names on in a different colour. Then glue on a picture of the person next to it, and your name badge is done. Now punch holes through both sides of the badge and fix a piece of string through them. That way, nobody will forget who he or she is over the "slightly different" weekend.

The Family Tree

"Why does my cousin have a different last name to me, we're in the same family?”
"Does grandma have brothers and sisters too?"
"What was dad's grandpa called?"
You can answer these and other questions by creating a family tree. The family tree serves to represent all known ancestors and relatives in your family with a picture.

You will need a large sheet of paper, coloured pens or pencils and photos of your relatives. You might also find a telephone handy to call aunts and uncles and ask them about anything you can't remember yourself.

Start off by drawing a large tree on the paper with the pens or pencils. Let your imagination run free when designing your tree. Then stick photos of your child or children at the bottom of the tree trunk and write their names below. Now you can go to the next tier up and and your photos and names as well as the photos and names of your brothers and sisters.  Your nieces and nephews can then be added to the family tree on the same level as your own children. The branches above you and your siblings in the family tree are for the photos and names of your parents and their brothers and sisters, above them your grandparents and their siblings and so on. At the end, each generation in the family tree should have it's own level.

The finished family tree is perfect for hanging on the wall in the living room or kids' bedroom and can also make for a special present for grandma or grandpa.

Like 100 years ago

Name a weekend "Life 100 years ago" and show your children how people lived in the olden days. It starts with food: did ketchup exist 100 years ago? What about pizza? What games did children play 100 years ago? Did TV exist back then? What kind of clothes did people used to wear 100 years ago?

Design your entire weekend around the theme! Prepare meals that have been around for a long time in your country (for example mashed potatoes and vegetable stew). Put on typical clothes from the era and turn off electronic entertainment devices such as the TV, computer, mobile phone etc. for two days. Instead, play games that children used to play a hundred years ago. What about a game of "tug-o-war" in the garden or an "aim game" where you have to be particularly good at hitting a target? This is how it works: arrange a number of small piles of four walnuts each. The children then have to try and hit one of the piles with another walnut. Apart from walnuts you could also use round pebbles, marbles or conkers.
In the evening you can settle down to fairytales and storytelling.