When mine were younger they liked to make pretend shops with their teddies. I gave them pieces of paper and they wrote prices on and stuck them on, made a sign etc. Also drawing comps, I used to choose things like a pic of the zoo so I could tell them they needed to include loads of animals. Pound shop is good for cheap tat that keeps them amused for a bit. I think you're near me. Have you tried the toy library at Coppice Avenue lib in Sale? They have boxes of toys you can borrow. Or they used to anyway.
I wonder if I have a roll of wallpaper I could draw round them on...
They are quite into making models out of junk so will do that.
LIke the drawing competition too - will deffo do that. In fact I could also get them draw pics or write letters to their grandparents adn friends.
Not tried the toy library but they are not really into toys tbh. They like practical stuff, the playstation (which is fine but I don't want them on it all week), watching films (again, fine but not all day, every day).
They quite like imaginative play - making up games, but was wondering if there are things I can direct them on iyswim - like the drawing round them thing.
Baking cakes/gingerbread men/whatever then decorating them
Are you into halloween? Black and orange paper/card/paint could keep them interested for a while?
At this age I always found a brief trip to the park/walk to the post office/co-op/whatever worked wonders as well.
If it doesn't scare you too much you could get them making cards and stuff for Christmas?!
You could get them to choose which DVDs they want to watch and get them to create a cinema for the week. 3pm showings every day (if they are good). They can make posters, tickets, programme schedule, price-list, pretend money, popcorn, etc!
...tbh I can't see how any of this will realistically enable you to get any work done though!
You are not a rubbish mummy. I had to do the same thing over Summer hols as I had loads of work that I had to do. Do they have an older cousin that you could persuade to occupy them for an afternoon, while you lock yourself away?
Oh an older cousin woudl be fab but they only have younger ones that live 250 miles away!
Camping is a brill idea - we have tons of camping stuff because we are campers They could LOVE that actually - if I get the sleeping mats out, sleeping bags, torches etc. They ADORE picnic tea above all other meals so that woudl go down a storm