If you are stuck for something to do this half-term, there is no need to fret. Just head to your nearest Brewers Fayre. They have scheduled a programme of activity mornings throughout May half-term.
That’s exactly what we did today morning. The sun was still being elusive, so J and I decided to head to our local Brewers Fayre to unleash our creativity, his more than mine.
We were supplied with crayons and Beano worksheets on arrival. So J started off spotting the differences, forming pairs and finding hidden words. I was impressed that he was able to spot words in a maze of letters. The child can only identify the alphabet visually and phonetically. He cannot actually comprehend the written word. But he was happy to pick out a S-P-L-A-T from the jumble. Good job he wasn’t too bothered about the meaning!
A few broken crayons later, he was off to the craft table. Brewers Fayre staff were on hand to supervise the craft activities. They started off with food decoration. Rich tea biscuits and rocky roads were given a make over with green and pink butter cream and multi-coloured sugar sprinkles. I think J ate as much sugar as he actually managed to put on his biscuits. For by the end, the child had rainbow-coloured fingers and a sticky face to match.
All that sugar needed an outlet. So J made his way to the soft play area. It was only after a dozen turns scrambling up and sliding down that he decided he could get creative again.
This time we sat at the arts and crafts table. J decided he wanted to make a card. He was given a sheet of sparkly blue paper. There were shiny stickers on hand, along with glue to stick bits and pieces. Given that there was so much glitter on hand, I was sure we would end up with a girly sort of card (no offence, just me being prejudiced about sparkle and shine).
To my amazement, J transformed the glittery, sparkly card to resemble a scene from outer space, complete with two sets of alien googly eyes. He inscribed it to his Aai and Baba and signed off with hugs and kisses. (He asked me how to write ‘cuddles’, so I showed him).
He went off to the soft play area again, leaving me clutching this astounding card, my heart swelling with pride. The child never ceases to surprise, and for that I am truly grateful.
As I was saying, if you are looking to grab a bite to eat and want somewhere to keep the children entertained, Brewers Fayre is just the place. Just check your local listings for dates and schedules. The activities generally run from 9:30 in the morning to noon, but best confirm to avoid disappointment. Let the May-Hem begin!
Disclaimer: We were guests at Brewers Fayre for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.