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    • chirpychick
    • By chirpychick 29th Jun 17, 2:41 AM
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    Summer Holidays?
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    • 29th Jun 17, 2:41 AM
    Summer Holidays? 29th Jun 17 at 2:41 AM
    My little boy is 4.5 he has Autism, sensory processing disorder, hypermobility the list goes on.
    He leaves preschool in a couple of weeks and then we have 5 days in a caravan booked. After that it's us 2 for the rest of the summer.

    He's hard work! Lovely and an amazing wonderful boy but hard work nonetheless!

    We have had loads of car repairs this last 2 months and until September I'm pretty skint.

    We have to get out everyday, our house is tiny.

    Hubby and I have saved to get a trampoline for our small garden on OT recommendation and that's going up in a couple of weeks but we don't have many friends, family etc and the summer will be tough.

    Does anyone have any old style frugal ideas of things we can do?

    I've tried to get him involved in coming up with some ideas
    He wants to play Pokemon go, toast marshmallows, buy pick n mix and have a "bug adventure" in the woods but we really need some help with some more suggestions.

    I'd be really grateful.

    Unfortunately I can't just send him out to play as there aren't many kids in our street and it can be dangerous with cars and my sons issues make playing out the front unsafe.
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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 1st Jul 17, 11:52 AM
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    As this has dropped down the Old Style board, I've popped it to the families board for you to see if you get more ideas

    I hope you have a lovely summer

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    • clairec79
    • By clairec79 1st Jul 17, 1:12 PM
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    I'd try geocaching as well, often it can put a new twist on old walks. If you have an android phone the c:geo app is fantastic and free (and IMHO better than the offical app) - it's led us to find some local hidden gems which were free
    • Loz01
    • By Loz01 1st Jul 17, 2:01 PM
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    How about getting some masking tape and sticking it on the floor (works on carpet or lino/wooden floor) to make a long winding track for racing car toys/hot wheels? We used to do that for my nephew when he was little! You can even put it up the sofa as it just peels straight off without leaving any marks.

    Do you have a library nearby? Ours do a summer reaching scheme but its just as good to hang out and look at some kids books and check a few out.
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    • Happier Me
    • By Happier Me 3rd Jul 17, 7:07 AM
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    I second geocaching. Totally free and there may be 'finds' in walking distance of your house.

    I do 'park crawls' with my two and they still love them even though they are 12 and 9 now. We tend to visit three parks in a row or more if you have the energy (you may need to jump in the car), sometimes we take a picnic. Always goes down well.
    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 3rd Jul 17, 8:51 PM
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    As kids tend to be heavy handed bread is a good thing to make (as heavy handed kneeding/playing is gets a good rise) make from scratch or use a mix and make pizza or use double the amount and use the extra to shape rolls for a picknick in the garden/park/living room floor the next day - real cost nothing, as you would need to provide food anyway.
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    • By sillyvixen 3rd Jul 17, 9:08 PM
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    You can find some simple kites to make on line, the ones I have done with kids use a sheet of A4 paper, kebab stick, selotape and wool or string and can be flown in the garden if windy or inside if you have a fan.
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    • Tigsteroonie
    • By Tigsteroonie 3rd Jul 17, 9:18 PM
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    After that it's us 2 for the rest of the summer.
    Originally posted by chirpychick
    Well that's not quite the case if you have a hubby - he will presumably be around for two days of the week (weekend?) and could also take some time off work to either spend time as an entire family, or to give you a break. At least, that's how it works in our household, we have a similar situation with our 8yo ASD/SLD son
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    • SunnyCyprus
    • By SunnyCyprus 4th Jul 17, 9:08 AM
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    You've had some brilliant ideas so far, plenty to fill a few weeks of summer hols!

    My added suggestion would be setting aside a particular time of day for the activities, and do this in a visual way. My son, 15 now with Aspergers, still hasn't got the grasp of telling the time, but would ask for his films, games at silly o'clock in the morning...not fun! So I got a simple large faced clock, took the plastic cover off and coloured in the clock, pie-chart style, and coloured in the Hour hand. So, the 3 hour 'slice' from 1-4 was his time to choose activities. If the hour hand wasn't in that slice, then it was time for other jobs, shopping, cooking etc. Just helped to break up the day in a way he could understand.
    (As long as he doesn't wake up at 3am and see the clock in his activity time, all is well!)
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    • onlyroz
    • By onlyroz 4th Jul 17, 10:01 PM
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    Are your local council running any summer activities? Ours has a whole program planned, with free or low-cost activities.

    If there are woods near you then you can try den building, looking for wildlife etc. If you're near the coast then go to the beach or hunt for rock pools and fossils.

    Or just go to the park and play cricket or rounders and have picnics. Or for younger children you can get those velcro mits which make it far easier to play catch.

    You could also do simple craft projects, making things from cardboard, string, paints, tissue paper, fabric etc.
    • Octobergirl
    • By Octobergirl 8th Jul 17, 12:06 AM
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    I also dread any holiday over a week, my now 11 year old has cerebral palsy and sensory processing disorder (the SPD has far more of an impact on our lives). Summer holidays have always been systematically filled to get her out of the house. Days out with the kids is a great site that will give you ideas where to go . I get in free as a carer, and under 5s are also free in many places. Swimming, vue cinema mini morning is cheap. I got a national trust ticket in her name and get in free through access all. Do you have a Max card? This gets you free into places if you have a disability (and often family). Camping....lots of camping! I try to alternate a week at home by a very cheap week away as I can't manage more than a week with her at home.
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    • NelliePie
    • By NelliePie 10th Jul 17, 2:11 PM
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    My cousin loves to 'paint' the fence with water and a brush - keeps him busy for hours. He also likes to wash his toys with one bowl; full of bubbles and another to rinse then hang them out on the line to dry. A day trip to the local garden center usually goes down well too, looking at the plants and learning the names of the flowers, you may also be able to get a small/cheap pack of seeds and grow them at home for an on going project. A garden center assistant should be able to help pick something suitable. Depending on where you live there are usually local museums, attractions, parks etc that offer free entry.
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