We've just returned from our annual two week holiday at the cottage. Those two weeks are coveted and something we count down to, each year. Usually, we have wonderful weather during the last two weeks of July, but, not this year. The weather was cool and gloomy, and we had to find alternative activities from our usual.
When, it rains at the cottage the days can be long. The children can start to bicker, and mom and dad get frustrated quickly. The wonderful thing about a multi generational cottage is there are many treasures left over the years, to be discovered later. The kids found old puzzles to put together and games to play. Then, Jillian discovered the lectern and all it held inside!
Staying busy at the cottage in soggy weather
This old lectern was full of office supply type materials. Quickly, though we realized that we needed to restock and upgrade the contents of the lectern a bit. We planned a road trip to the closest city to visit Staples, where I knew we would find all sorts of office supplies, to bring the lectern into the year 2013.
Markers, Pencils & Pens
One thing the cottage is always in desperate need of is new writing utensils. I am not sure if it is simply that the cottage is uninsulated and the cold of winter, but, finding a pen or pencil that works properly seems next to impossible. Staples had rows upon rows for the kids to chose from.
Tape & Glue
Inside the lectern all the kids could find, was some old masking tape. I am guessing from the colour, it's left over from when I was a child. They picked out some new glue sticks, and invisible tape for their stash.
Buying a package or two of paper was an awesome addition to the lectern. The kids used their new markers to draw pictures of the cottage, to hang on the fridge
Letter writing seems to becoming a lost art. Yet, at the cottage where there isn't any internet it is a great way for the kids to get in touch with cousins or grandparents. They wrote letters and drew pictures and then stuffed the envelopes to send home.
Now that the lectern is stocked with office supplies, we are ready for the next rainy day at the cottage. Of course, we prefer sunshine and warm temperatures, so we can get to the beach, but we'll take what we get when we're on vacation.
Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Staples. All opinions reflected are those of the blog author.