Share A Spooky Selfie Competition

In our latest competition, we are giving you and up to 8 family members or friends the chance to win  a group/family ticket worth £125, for The Crocky Horror Show and Fireworks Finale!
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How to enter

To enter, just share a spooky Halloween selfie of you, your kids or a pet, dressed up in costume for Halloween! Go on, dig through those Facebook galleries, check your hard drives and scroll through your phones and share with us your best Halloween selfies for you chance to win.

You can post your picture on our Facebook wall or over on Twitter, just use the hash tag #CrockyHorrorSelfie

Terms & Conditions

• Competition closes 12 noon Friday 16th October.
• The winner will be selected and announced after the closing date via our Facebook page.
• This competition is not affiliated or endorsed by Facebook.
• The Crocky Trail reserves the right to amend or withdraw this competition at any time.
• One entry per person.
• No cash alternatives offered.
• Your choice of Friday or Saturday night tickets for up to 8 people.
• Tickets are non-transferable.
• All valid entries must be tagged #CrockyHorrorSelfie
•  The selfie you share must be genuine and owned/taken by you.
•  Any entry that breach copyright law (i.e.lifted from Google image search or image libraries etc), will be disqualified.

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10 Ideas To Occupy The Kids During School Holidays

Long bank holiday weekends, half term and end of term provides a great opportunity for families to spend more quality time with each other, and whilst a few days of school can be novel, once you get a few weeks into a long break and it can be a different story!

As much as we love our kids, when they are off school for long periods of time, they can get frustrated, bored and have a habit of getting under your feet.

Here are some handy ideas to help you get them out from in front of the TV, and doing something fun and crafty instead!

Crafting With Kids

1. Craft Project

Crafting is a great way of letting your kids be creative and means they can let their imaginations run free. When it comes to craft projects there are so many options, that you’ll need to start by narrowing it down a bit. What time of year is it? Thinking of something seasonal is a great way to help you come up with craft themes, from which you can develop more specific ideas.

Easter and Christmas provide obvious sources of crafting inspiration, but if there are no obvious events coming up, turn your thoughts to the seasons. Now for example, is a great time to be thinking about summer so you could get your little ones to create some summery paper bunting or paper chains. They are SO easy to do and the results are fantastic!

For lots more children’s craft ideas, check out Pinterest here.

2. Artistic Flair

Get the paints out and either a plain piece of paper or a cheap plain canvas and let your little one create a painting. This could be in the style of a famous artist (Picasso is always fun!), it could be a self portrait or a portrait of their pet, it could be inspired by their favourite place or hobby, or they can let their imaginations run free and paint anything they can think of!

3. Scavenger Hunt

This idea takes a little bit of planning, but can provide hours of fun for your kids. A scavenger hunt typically involves a list of things that they will need to find, in order to tick it off their list.

Suitable scavenger hunt items could be anything from finding any fallen leaf through to a twig from a certain tree or a petal from a specific flower. If it’s a rainy day, then simply create a list of household objects that they need to go and find instead, though an outdoors scavenger hunt is always much more fun.

If you don’t fancy creating your own list, then why not download the Crocky Trail woodland walk scavenger hunt here.

4. Local Landmarks & Attractions

You don’t have to travel far to do this but taking advantage of what’s on your door step is a great way of both entertaining and educating the kids at the same time. Kids love ruins and castles, take a picnic with you you can make a day trip of it.

If you’d prefer not to have to spend any money on entrance fee’s, which lets face it can soon mount up; look to your local library, museum or gallery. Many will have special events on for children and many also offer free entry, making them the ideal way to entertain your kids and give them a taste of culture at the same time.

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5. Something Yummy

You can’t go wrong with baking and i’m yet to find a child that doesn’t enjoy getting involved with cooking and especially cake baking!

If you are after something simple and no fuss, you could go with chocolate Rice Crispie cakes, but you can’t beat baking cupcakes from scratch and then letting your child decorate them. They are unlikely to look pretty, but your child will be immensely proud and get’s the added benefit of getting to eat something yummy as a reward for all of their hard work!

Baking with children recipes from the BBC.

6. Green Fingers

Spring and summer are the ideal times to get your little ones out in the garden. With their own little tool set, they can help with weeding and planting. Our recommendation would be to buy them a packet of seeds of their choosing or to go with something like sunflowers. Teach them how to sew them and look after them. Watching something grow can bring an enormousness amount of joy to a child and means they can then tend to the plant/flower for several weeks as it grows and blooms.

Alternatively, you could let them plant their own little salad or fruit garden. Growing from seeds is always a joy and little ones will love seeing seeds germinate and the plant start to grow. In a few months time, picking tomatoes or strawberries they’ve grown themselves will provide them with a great sense of achievement.

7. Treasure Hunt

A treasure hunt is different to a scavenger hunt as it involves following a series of clues. This will take a fair bit of time for you to set up, but it can provide enormous amounts of fun for your children. They also get a great sense of achievement from working out the clues and will be delighted with a reward at the end which could be anything from a tasty home baked cake, some sweets or a small toy.

Make the clues as easy as possible and children really like rhyming couplets, for example “This clue is hidden on your bed, close to where you rest your head….”

8. Create A Scrap Book

A scrap book can be a one off or ongoing project which lasts an entire summer, or even a full year. Scrap booking is  great way of letting children record and remember things that are important to them and can include everything from tickets to events they’ve visited through to photographs, pictures they’ve drawn, stories they’ve written and pretty much anything they can think of.

You will need some basic supplies like paper and glue. Washi tape (patterned sticky tape), glitter, buttons and pattern cutting scissors are all relatively inexpensive and are ideal for helping your child be creative with their scrap book. You’ll also find scrap booking kits available online and in hobby stores that will provide you with everything your child needs to get them started.

9. Set A Learning Challenge

Challenge your child to learn something new during the holidays. This usually works better for slightly older children of say 8+ but it does apply to younger children too. For example, you could challenge your 4 year old to learn to ride their bike without stabilisers, encouraging them to practice regularly. Your child might show an interest in languages, certain crafting techniques, creative writing,

Cardboard Box Crafts

10. Crafting With Cardboard Boxes

A simple cardboard box presents a world of opportunities to a child and gives them the chance to let their imaginations run free! From using a shoe-box to create a mini scene of say their bedroom or the local park, through to creating a fully decorated play house complete with cut-out doors and windows from a large cardboard box.

Boxes are inexpensive (if you don’t already have any, you can pick them up from some Supermarkets) and can be used to form the basis of many creative crafting activities. How about creating an animal mask, a robot costume or even a super simple cardboard sword?

Take a look at the creative things you can do with a cardboard box here.

 

Easter Craft Ideas For Kids

The Easter school holidays and the long bank holiday might be a few weeks away yet, but it’s never to soon to start thinking about activities to keep the kids entertained!

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Easter in particular offers lots of opportunities for crafting, and what with bunnies, chicks and Easter eggs, there are plenty of sources to of inspiration.

Below you’ll find some fab craft project ideas for your little ones, as well as as a printable Crocky Kids colouring sheet.

Easter Craft Ideas For Kids

  • Make a fun Easter bonnet, using an old hat or make a crown out of cardboard and decorate that with glitter, pom poms, flowers and chicks
  • Paint the shell of a hard-boiled egg, you can then add glitter glue, sequins and all sorts of other things to make it look even prettier
  • Draw an Easter egg on a sheet of paper or card and colour it in or make a collage
  • Create an Easter egg hunt in the house or garden, have your little ones read clues to find the next hidden egg
  • Make Easter bunny ears using a headband, cardboard cut into bunny ear shapes and cotton wool
  • Spring bunny finger puppets using felt which can be cut to shape and then glued or sewn together leaving an opening at the bottom for a finger to fit inside
  • Easter themed cupcakes, decorated with bunny ears, carrots and/or mini eggs
  • Birds nests Rice krispie cakes topped off with mini eggs
  • Easter inspired paper chain with each link decorated with Easter eggs, Spring flowers or bunnies
  • Easter bunting, but instead of triangles, use egg shapes that the kids can decorate then simply glue to a piece of string
  • Create padded felt Easter eggs (see picture above). Cut felt into Easter egg shapes, sew and fill with stuffing. Decorate with sequins, buttons, ribbons and anything else you can think of!
  • Paper plate Easter bunny. All you need are two plain white paper plates, cotton wool and sticky tape. Decorate one with a bunnies face and cut the other into ear shapes and stick to the plate.

Crocky Kids Easter Colouring Sheet

Crocky Kids Easter Colouring Sheet

For loads more brilliant Easter craft ideas take a look here.

Half Term Competition – Win 2 FREE tickets

 

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WIN TWO family tickets to visit the Crock Trail at half term.

Each family ticket admits up to 6 people and is worth £66. We’ll be choosing TWO winners, and each winner will receive a family ticket for 6 people.

Entries

Visit our Facebook competition page to see share here: http://on.fb.me/I4ObnT

Competition Terms & Conditions

  • To qualify as a valid entry, all entrants must 1) Like the Crocky Trail Facebook page AND 2) Share the official competition post on Facebook
  • 2 winners will be randomly selected after the closing date and each will receive 1 family ticket that admits up to 6 people
  • Automated entries from competition bots and similar will be automatically disqualified
  • Closing date is 11:59am on Friday 14th February 2014
  • No cash alternatives will be provided
  • The Crocky Trail maintains the right to amend or withdraw this competition at any time
  • Winners will be selected after the closing date and will be notified shortly after on Facebook

4 Great Reasons To Get Your Kids Outdoors!

As I write this, it’s cold, it’s windy and it’s starting to get dark, i’m quite happy indoors thank you very much, but too much time spent inside can have a detrimental effect to the health and wellbeing of both us and our children.

Playing outdoorsOn cold rainy days there is no wonder most of us would rather be indoors where we can keep warm and cosy and importantly, where we can be entertained at the touch of a button! It’s tempting, especially at this time of year to stay wrapped up warm in the confines of home, but getting up and spending time outdoors has a whole heap of benefits.

So, wrap up warm and stick your wellies in the boot. Grab the dog, grab the kids and head outdoors, you’ll be doing yourself a favour and you’ll definitely be doing your kids a big favour – fresh air is invigorating and really can do wonders for us!

 Using up energy means they will sleep better

We all know children can be a pain at times, running around the house and being generally boisterous, behaving in a way that just isn’t appropriate or practical inside the home. Due to the sedentary lifestyle of many children, they often have a glut of energy and no real outlet, but healthy, happy kids need exercise!

Getting outside gives children one of the things that they really love. Loads of space in which to behave like a kid, and that generally means room for running around, climbing, hiding, exploring and playing in joyful exuberance.

Walking, running and outdoor play in general, is an excellent way of improving your child’s cardiovascular health and it also helps them burn up that excess energy, making them calmer and helping them to sleep better at night.

 A change of scenery can boost imagination

When stuck indoors, children usually stick to the same activities, often sat in front of the TV or a tablet or computer screen. With constant entertainment on tap, kids have much less incentive to explore their own imagination, so getting away from digital distractions is important in helping your child’s imagination and creativity flourish.

A simple woodland walk can turn into a magical experience, try getting them to look for evidence of fairy doors or bridges that trolls might live under. Get them to hunt out acorns that look like they have faces, play Pooh sticks, build a den or complete a nature inspired scavenger hunt.

 Getting back to nature improves wellbeing

With so much of our lives spent indoors in man made surroundings, it is easy to loose touch with the the natural world. Being around nature can have a calming and grounding effect and as such, spending time outdoors in the countryside is an excellent way to reduce anxiety and stress.

Kids playing with leaves

The old adage ‘a change is a good as a rest’ really is true, and there is nothing like a brisk Spring walk in the woods to clear away the cobwebs, and give both yourself and your children a renewed sense of wellbeing.

Outdoor play means happy Children

Inside the home there are often a whole bunch of pesky rules children have to adhere to, and for good reason – No one wants a football kicked through their flat screen TV or a broken bed that’s been used as a trampoline!

Outside (in a safe environment) there are often fewer rules for children to consider, letting them behave more freely. Things that they can’t usually do at home (like climb on the furniture), they are suddenly free to do outside.

Even simple things like splashing in a muddy puddle, climbing a tree or kicking a pile of leaves into the air can be a joyful experience. Letting our children have fun makes them smiley and happy, and encouraging them to do it outdoors is a great way of getting them up off their bums and out in the fresh air!

 

The Crocky Trail Kids Wordsearch

We know the days are still long, dark, cold and dreary and entertaining the kids when you’re confined to home can be a chore. We’ve put together a fun wordsearch that’s simple to download and print and it might just give you 5 minutes of peace and quiet!

It might be a wordsearch for kids, but it’s challenging and will take them a while to locate all the words on the list. Just click on the big image below to download the .PDF that you can print. Please note that the link will open up in a new window.

Free kids wordsearch