Animal Friends Blog
With spring nearing the evenings are slowly getting darker later, the snowdrops are disappearing, and daffodils are starting to bloom. Just before the new season begins the schools close for a week and we have to find entertainment for our pets and the kids.
It can be difficult to come up with new ideas and you don’t want to end up repeating the same activities half term after half term. But, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Arts and crafts
Enjoy a day of easy arts and crafts. All you’ll need is a sheet of paper, pet-friendly paint and a marker pen. You’ll want a willing dog or cat and one of their paws as well as a hand from all the kids.
Simply pop some paint on to your pet’s paw and softly push it against the piece of paper. It might be easier to do this while it’s on the floor. Then, simply do the same using your children’s hands. Use the marker pen to write the names above their prints.
By overlapping hand prints in different positions, various shapes and animal silhouettes can be achieved, in much the same way that you can create “hand-shadow” animals on a lit wall – hearts, butterflies, spiders, pacman ghosts and more – then decorate with various stick-on accessories like eyes etc as appropriate!
A simple yet cute piece of decoration for the living room or as a gift for the grandparents.
Get in the rugby spirit
Week three of the Six Nations will kick off on Saturday so why not get out and about with the kids and the pooch with a rugby ball? The kids will love being outdoors (especially if there’s a chance to get dirty!) and dogs will love the challenge of trying to guess where the ball will land.
Once you’ve finished why not head to a dog-friendly pub to watch that day’s games? Scotland is heading to the Stade de France while Wales take on England on home turf.
This is a good one to keep the kids busy while you prep a Sunday roast or get the house in order. What you’ll need for a destruction box:
- A shoebox
- Doggie treats
- Ripped paper
- A toy or two
- Felt tip pens or crayons
Pop the box and all the necessary bits on the table and tell your children to go wild. They can decorate the box however way they please, whether it’s unreadable scribbles or cute but wonky family portraits – it’s something they’ll be proud of.
Then, simply add some treats mixed in with the ripped paper and pop a toy or two on top of it all. My dog loves the toilet-roll-tube-challenge. So, if you have a spare toilet roll, pop some treats inside and fold the ends shut and place them into the box.
Then, simply place the lid on the box and that’s when your dog gets to have their fun. A simple idea that keeps everyone happy.
A cosy movie night
Why not build a blanket fort, get cosy and watch The Secret Life of Pets, the perfect film for a family movie night. The kids will love being able to pull apart the sofa and use the pillows as a base while trying to figure out the best places to hang the blankets from for optimal cosiness.
There’s no right way of building a den, use whatever pillows, duvets or blankets you have and go crazy. The important part is that you build it together and settle down with some popcorn, after the film’s been picked, of course!
You should be able to find some pet-friendly popcorn, too, so no one has to miss out.
Let us know what you’re getting up this half term on our Facebook and Twitter pages and share your ideas with other pet lovers.
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