Hurray, we’ve made it through week 2 of lock down, but cabin fever is really starting to set in, isn’t it.
If your little energizer bunnies need some contained energy burning activities, we’ve got a few ideas that might help.
Obstacle courses, of any form, provide an amazing wealth of skill & strength development opportunities, as well as releasing pent up energy in a controlled way.
Here are 5 great benefits that come from doing obstacle courses:
BACK GARDEN OBSTACLE COURSE
If you have a bit of space & a few props, a back garden obstacle course is a great way to encourage kids, of all ages, to get off the sofa & get some fresh air!
And if you can get them involved in creating the course their creativity can go wild & they’ll be much more likely to spend more time on this activity.
You can make the course as complex or as simple as you like. A few simple strips of masking & a sequence of star jumps, sprints and balancing is all you need. But if you do have some other props to add into the course to create high & low levels as well as using difference muscle groups – such crawling vs sprinting – the greater the benefits.
Here are some ideas of things you could use to create an outdoor obstacle course:
Masking tape (your new best friend!)
ELC Egg & spoon race set
Pop up tunnels & tents
Printable foot & handprints
For more inspiration why not checkout these links:
Also check out our local @chalkboard.biz for props you could add to your course.
THE FLOOR IS LAVA! INDOOR OBSTACLE
Imagine the floor is a bubble sea of lava & there is only one safe path through.
You can create a 'safe' course out of anything you have to hand, but it works best if you have a range of high and low points, also if you can incorporate different textures it makes it more fun & varied.
Printable hand & footprints are also great for creating 'safe' stepping-stones or to incorporate 'Animal walks' (see below) into your course.
The floor is lava is a great (but slow paced) energy burner that can keep kids occupied for ages! Not to mention building gross motor skills, core strength, cognitive planning & sequencing, as well as team work if they are doing the course with a sibling!
Just remember, whatever you do, DON'T TOUCH THE FLOOR!
Here are some ideas of things you could use to create your own course:
Step stools & chairs
Printable foot & handprints
Gonge River Stones
A pavement chalk course is super quick and easy to set up & there's no mess to clear up either, as good dose of rain or the street sweeper will do that for you.
Also by creating your course on the pavement outside, means your neighbours & passers by can enjoy it too (one at a time & at a safe distance). It’s really nice for the kids to see friends, from their windows, enjoying the course too.
A chalk course can be adapted to any age group, but a good mix of running, jumping, hopping & balancing always work well. Also a variety of fast & slow pace is great for energy burning & motor control.
For other chalk games, check out this:
This is a really fun & creative way to burn some energy in a small space with no additional props, regardless of the weather. Kids love pretending to act like their favourite animals and it’s a brilliant way to develop gross motor skills and core strength, as well as turn taking skills. They can also be a great addition to an obstacle course as they can provide a greater range of movement & muscle use.
These exercises also have a calming effect as the animal walks help kids receive deep pressure to their joints and limbs, which help strengthen their sense of balance, and develop body awareness.
To set up your game, you can either make a picture spinner like the one’ Tools to Grow OT’ have used (above) & take turns spinning to see what animal you land on. Alternatively you can print out pictures of your chosen animals & turn one over at a time & do the corresponding animal walk.
For more Animal Walk inspiration take a look at this article from Pathways:
YOGA FOR KIDS
If you need something instant, Cosmic kids yoga (on YouTube) is great with loads of theme routines - everything from the Hungry Caterpillar to Disney movies, there's even a series of Star Wars routines!
Alternatively, if you're looking to reduce screen time there are some great printable kids flow cards. We love the Garden & Spring sequences (above) from Childhood 101 & Kids Yoga Stories.
COSMIC KIDS: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Particularly great on grey, rainy days, when it’s a bit darker in the afternoon. Put together a little playlist of your little ones favourite tunes or use one of the readymade play lists on Amazon Music (everything from nursery favourites to Disney theme tunes).
If you have a little plug in disco light even better! (We have one included on our Amazon ideas list: http://amzn.eu/edWLwqz ) Also bubbles are always a welcome edition! Head to the darkest room in your home, switch of all the lights & dance like no one is watching!
Both brilliant for burning energy as well as lifting the mood – its very hard to feel down or frustrated when your dancing your heart out to a Disney classic!
Chances are you might have a couple of extra loo rolls around the house at the moment, so we’ve pulled together an activity a day to put them to good use.
1. SHAPE STAMPING
To get started Shape Stamping is a super simple & really quick activity to set up. Just reshape 4 or 5 rolls into shapes – square, rectangle, triangle, heart & circle are our favourites. Then dip the ends into different coloured paint and off they go.
Great for making cards to send to friends or grandparents while we’re in isolation.
2. CREATE A CREATURE
Loo Roll creatures are another quick & easy activity to pull together at a moments notice. They’re also great for getting your little ones to explore their creativity.
Bunnies, bugs or crazy monster creations, whatever your little ones would like (& craft supplies allow). You will need some coloured card & paper, googly or sticker eyes and any other decorations you have to hand. Set them out on a tray with some glue.
Then wrap the rolls in coloured paper, cut out any features like ears or antennas from card ready to glue on, then embellish however you would like.
3. CARS, ROCKETS & THINGS THAT FLY
Similar to creature creating, there is also a huge range of vehicles that can be made from loo rolls.
Why not try a racing car (check out the link below for instructions) or how about a space shuttle or our favourite a flying rocket!
To make the flying rocket you will need a loo roll, some coloured card & coloured paper, maybe some glitter pens or stickers if you have them.
Wrap the roll in coloured paper, cut out 4 rocket wings and decorate. Make a cone of card for the top of the rocket, but leave a good gap to thread the string through. Thread your rocket onto your string, then hook up your string, making sure it’s nice and tight.
Do a dramatic countdown & blast your rocket off along the string. See how far you can get it to go.
Follow this link for instruction to make racing cars: https://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2013/04/toilet-paper-roll-race-cars.html
4. BIRD FEEDER
Attract some wildlife to the garden, for little, eagle eyed nature watchers, with a homemade bird feeder. You’ll need a loo roll, some peanut butter (or coconut oil/sunflower butter), birdseed mix and some string.
Start by covering the outside of toilet paper roll with peanut butter (or substitute). Then roll the peanut butter covered toilet paper roll in the birdseed until covered. It works best if you get a really thick covering of seeds.
Finally thread a piece of twine through the toilet paper roll and hang somewhere ideally out of reach of squirrels.
5. SEEDLING PLANTER
Another quick and easy idea for the garden is to create some little biodegradable seedling pots out of loo rolls. Plant seeds in them, then as the seedlings grow you can transfer them directly into your garden as the ‘pot’ will decompose in the soil.
To make these you will need a parent to help with the snipping. Start by making four cuts in the roll about a third of the way up. Then fold the cut area on the bottom like you would to close a box. Then fill with some light potting soil and add your seeds.
Sit them in a waterproof tray or dish on a nice sunny windowsill, keep them regularly watered and watch the magic happen. Once the seedlings are strong enough you can transfer them to the garden.
6. FLYING FISH
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, why not try making some of these beautiful windsock fish from Squirrelly Minds. Little ones might need a bit more of a hand with these ones but they are a really nice thing to make together.
All you’ll need is a few toilet rolls, some coloured tissue paper (we love the craft it mini tissue squares from Baker Ross), some double sided tape or glue & some string.
You’ll find full instructions here: http://squirrellyminds.com/2013/05/03/koinobori-japanese-flying-carp-diy/
For something much more complicated, but well worth the effort, why not make your own kaleidoscope. Children will love looking at the beautiful coloured patterns they can create simply by spinning their kaleidoscopes.
This one works better with a paper towel roll but it can still work with a toilet paper roll as well. Head over to this link for detailed instructions:
We’d love to see your creations so please keep us posted on our Facebook page & group. Happy crafting x
Wow what a week! Full of emotion and uncertainty for all of us, but do not stress the Little Starlings family is here ❤
Whilst we have had to temporarily close our Little Starlings doors for now and say goodbye to some of our truly amazing children earlier than anticipated, we will be back as soon as we are able and stronger than ever!
In the meantime, we are putting together a whole bunch of awesome activities for you to do at home for the time being. And not forgetting the importance of getting out in the fresh air, we are also sharing some exercise ideas and outdoor activates to help burn off some of the pent up energy. We hope you have fun on this unexpected adventure and stay safe.
Image credit: @simplemostsite
ANIMAL SHADOW DRAWING
Get outside in the sun and draw around some animals and dinosaur shadows. Easy peasy and will keep them entertained for a while. Be brave and get out some paints so they can be really creative!! Fingers crossed the sun shines or the shadows won't come out to play.
Image credits: www.stylemotivation.com & IG:@messylittlemonster
Rock painting is a craze that everyone is talking about & there is also a really lovely local campaign going on #TCRox which is perfect for encouraging children to get out on our local common, find painted rocks & leave own little ‘stones of cheer’ for others to find. Something we all need a bit more of at the moment.
You simply paint a rock or pebble and leave it somewhere for someone to find. A simple, but brilliant idea! Don’t forget to share photos of your creations on the @tcroxlondon Instagram page using the #TCRox & #GetOutside hashtags.
TIPS FOR PAINTING ROCKS
Rocks or Pebbles can be purchased from hardware stores and garden centres - please do not take them from beaches or river beds as this is illegal and adds to coastal erosion.
1. Smooth rocks are the best to work with
2. Wash your pebbles in a mild detergent and leave to dry
3. Use acrylic paint, nail varnish or permanent marker pens
4. Make-up brushes are good to use and can be found in pound shops
5. Protect your finished designs with a layer of PVA glue
6. Don’t forget share a photo on the @tcroxlondon Instagram page
This really is a great activity for all the family young and small. Happy painting!
Don't forget to keep checking back on our wonderful new Little Starlings Family Facebook group, along with out Facebook and Instagram pages for upcoming news, information, fun and activities.
Keep safe and see you all soon.
The children have really enjoyed the introduction of our transport theme and we've had a fantastic week at Little Starlings learning all about all the different forms of transport and how we get from A to B. There have been some amazing creations coming from our craft tables & some really imaginative play.
So its perfect timing for all our budding train enthusiasts, both big and small, that the Brockwell Park Miniature Railway has reopened this week!
You may not have realised that there is a wonderful miniature railway right on our door step, which makes for a great family day out. These beautiful little trains will take you on an adventure that starts at Herne Hill Gates and goes on a loop to the famous Brockwell Lido.
All this for a £1 ticket and under twos travel free when accompanied by a paying adult. Winner all round I think!!
The railway is open to the public on weekends only. The first train of the day runs at 11am and the last train runs at 4pm.
The best way to get there is by tube, which is just a two minute walk from Herne Hill station. There is also free parking on Sundays, and the Lido offers 2 hours free parking as well if you're planning to drive.
There are also some nice places to eat or grab a coffee the area surrounding Brockwell Park, or if the weather holds, a good excuse for a picnic and a run around in the park.
ALL ABOARD, TICKETS PLEASE!!
Find out more: https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/attractions/brockwell-park-miniature-railway-ee1dd3b0
Books can be a great escape, transporting us to limitless realms where anything is possible. They can stretch our imaginations, challenge our beliefs, rattle our fears, unlock our ambitions and open our eyes.
They can also teach us, not just facts and theories, but offer us new perspectives and challenge our beliefs.
We also know that regular reading with our children helps develop and broaden their vocabulary. It also encourages children to be creative in using their imagination to visualise a stories setting, understand the characters, and anticipate how the story might unfold.
A story can be a great way to help a child explore, express and understand their emotions, or to cope with challenges and big changes in their lives like starting school, a new sibling or even a tragic loss in the family.
Stories can also be useful in helping children understand anti social or dangerous behaviours like biting or hitting and offer them strategies to managed their frustrations or help get to the cause behind the behaviour.
Here are some of our favourite stories to help little people understand and manage big change or challenges:
UNDERSTANDING & MANAGING EMOTIONS
The Colour Monster: A Story about Emotions by Anna Llenas
This is really lovely story about a poor little colour monster is a little bit mixed up. He is red, green, yellow, blue and black, all at the same time. It's making him very confused and he doesn't know why.
With the help of his friend the little monster is able to see that the colours are his feelings, and he can sort them out by identifying each one separately and understanding how it makes him feel.
This simple tale about friendship also helps children to identify and explore feelings of happiness, anger, sadness, calm and fear.
In my Heart - a Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
This lovely die-cut heart book explains what an emotion feels like, physically, inside. For example: "When I get really angry, my heart feels like it's going to explode! Don't come near me! My heart is yelling, hot and loud. This is when my heart is mad." Toddlers will be able to practice identifying and verbalising their own emotions.
UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENCES, EMPATHY & SELF ACCEPTANCE
Goliath: The Boy Who Was Different by Ximo Abadia
Goliath worries about how different he is to everyone else, he’s convinced he doesn’t fit in and he searches far and wide for answers. On his journey he discovers that it is our uniqueness that makes us special. This is a story about strength, courage and self-belief.
Neon Leon by Jane Clarke
This a tale about a little chameleon who is worried about fitting and goes on a journey through loneliness, learning about himself & finding his place in the world.
The story teaches children empathy by involving them in helping Leon on his journey - by counting his steps, encouraging him to get some rest, and giving him lots of reassurance when he's feeling down.
Max and Bird by Ed Vere
Max is a kitten & kittens chase birds – don’t they? This lovely little tale challenges ingrained beliefs and how a friendship can’t be built no matter who (or what) you are. It teaches children that what is really important is who a person is on the inside.
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
This is a beautifully written, simple tale about a boy and a penguin and their growing friendship. Oliver Jeffers has a brilliant way of getting into a child’s mind and thinks out each scenario as a child would, cleverly engaging children who instantly relate to the little boy.
The Journey Trilogy by Aaron Becker
These three beautifully illustrated wordless books provides children with an amazing canvas to create their own story as they follow a lonely girl & her magic crayon which unlocks a magical work of adventure. Themes of loneliness, self-discovery, courage, trust and friendship can all be explored through these beautiful books.
Reading wordless picture books is also the first step in your child learning to read, building key skills in critical thinking, understanding, prediction and storytelling. Find out more about reading wordless books with your children here: http://bit.ly/2TqNGMf
STARTING SCHOOL - MANAGING TRANSITION
Starting School by Janet Ahlberg
One of the first books to be recommend to parents when they have a child getting ready to transition to school. This enchanting picture book gently reassures children by taking them through what they can expect when they first start school through simple text and lovely colourful illustrations.
Harry & the Dinosaurs go to School by Ian Whybrow
The Harry & the Dinosaur series is much loved by boy & girls alike, and for children, seeing one of their much loved characters move onto school helps to give them the confidence that they can do it too.
The story beautifully addresses the topic of being nervous about this big change, and that they’re not alone in this feeling, while showing children what they can expect and how much fun school can really be!
MANAGING BIG FAMILY CHANGE
Always Forever by Alan Durant
Bereavement is a very difficult topic for young children to understand and as it generally only arise at a time of grief, this makes it even harder to help explain what is happening. This lovely story of Mole, Hare, and Otter who are overcome with grief after their friend Fox dies, helps to explain the sadness of the people around them and helps children realise that their loved ones can live on in their hearts and their memories.
There’s a House Inside my Mummy by Giles Andreae & Vanessa Cabban
This is a truly delightful read to help little ones get ready for the arrival of a new sibling. The story is told through the eyes of the soon to be big brother.
It's wonderfully illustrated and simple to read but yet answers all those unanswered questions that your little one might be anxious about "sometimes me and mummy like to cuddle on our own, and I tell him that I love him through her tummy telephone.
I bought this for my son who was 17 months old when his new sister arrived and he loved it.
Happy reading 😀
FROM STOP SIGNS TO DOOR SHAPES & TRIANGLE ROOFS, SHAPES ARE ALL AROUND US.
Learning about shapes helps children identify and organise the world around them visually, as well as being precursors for future learning.
Colour recognition is a key cognitive developmental step for toddlers, as it plays an important role in object recognition and is a vital part in helping children to develop their descriptive language skills, which in turn encourages clear communication and understanding.
Colour and shape form the foundation of so many areas of later learning – such as reading, maths and science – but also in the way in which we navigate through the world around us. For example, understanding road signs and traffic lights or the spatial awareness required to figure out how things can fit together and differentiating between colours on maps or wiring – almost every accept of life calls on these foundation skills.
Without even realising it our minds are identifying and noticing the green trees, square windows, red buses, blue skies…all of these wonderful colours and shapes around us.
A fun way to encourage your children to learn their shapes is to go on a Shape Hunt around your home. Cut a shape out of paper or card and have fun searching for objects that match that shape.
Or equally, get outside, and seek out everyday shapes & colours on your local streets and green spaces.
Happy shape hunting!
If you’d like to know more about the role colour and shapes play in your child’s development here are a few helpful resources:
SORTING & MATCHING MILESTONES FOR TODDLERS:
WHY GEOMETRY IS IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE:
WHY COLOURS AND SHAPES MATTER:
Half term already, can you believe it?!?! But that means one thing, small people wanting constant entertainment for a whole week! Fear not, we have a few ideas for you to help keep your little ones busy.
RHS WISLEY GARDENS
For a nice little day trip out of nappy valley, why not head down to beautiful RHS Wisley gardens where you can take part in their brilliant half term programme of activities including craft workshops, storytelling and planting workshops! Don’t forget they also have their ‘Back to Nature Garden’, which was inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show Garden co-designed by The Duchess of Cambridge in last year. This is an amazing area for little one to explore and burn off some energy. If it’s too wet (or windy) to be outdoors the Glasshouse is another great area to explore.
All activities are included in a normal Wisley admission fee but some activities will need be booked in advance.
WWT LONDON WETLAND CENTRE
Alternatively, why not unleash your inner Peppa Pig & head to London Wetlands annual Puddle Jumping Championships, which runs daily from Saturday 15th - Sunday 23rd February.
Come rain or shine, get your Wellies on & get out into nature. If you don’t fancy the puddle jumping, there are plenty of other ways to keep the family entertained, why not try out the mud kitchens or explore the wild walk?
BATTERSEA POWER STATION
A bit closer to home, Battersea power station also has some wonderful and exciting things on for the whole family - the best bit is it's all free!
Design Your Own Kaleidoscope
15th - 16th February, 11am - 4pm
Bug mask colouring
20th - 23rd February, 11am - 4pm
Soft play and giant games
15th, 16th, 20th - 23rd February, 11am - 4pm
Be sure to check it out
But if all that just sounds too exhausting and you need a day, or an afternoon, indoors check out these simple but great activities to do with the little ones...brilliant for building concentration, encouraging language development and imagination...
LARGE BOX ACTIVITY
Save those delivery boxes, whatever the size. Grab some felt tips (or paints & scissors if you're feeling adventurous) and let the kids get creative.... it's a great activity for a rainy day and something that can be played with over and over again.... simple but so much fun!
LOO ROLL CREATURES
All you need is some loo or kitchen towel rolls and a few craft supplies – like coloured card, googly eyes, pom poms, coloured pens & glue. Then let their imaginations go wild. This is a great activity to encourage colour recognition, fine motor skills & even scissor skills when supervised. This will keep them busy & they can create a game with their creatures when they’re finished.
PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITIES
Montessori educates children to develop using practical life activities rather than formal teaching. Here, we develop motor control and coordination, as well as independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility using every day objects found in the home. From threading pasta tubes to transferring from one bowl to another using a spoon or child friendly tweezers. These are activities that will keep children busy whilst encouraging patience, concentration and hone their fine motor skills.
Happy contented children mean a happy mummy & a few minutes of peace!
Enjoy the holidays and see you in a week.
So often I hear parents saying “I’d love to do more painting & messy play at home, but I just don’t want the mess” This is part of the magic of Little Starlings, you can leave the mess with us! But it doesn’t mean that you can’t create fun activities to support your children’s on going development & skill consolidation at home – MESS FREE!
Here are our top 5 mess-free activities to do at home that carry on our theme this term of colour & shape recognition…
1. Pom Pom Sorting
This can be as quick & simple to setup, as you like. One of our favourites ways to play this game, is to cut circles of coloured card, place them in a muffin tray. Then set up a bowl of mixed pom poms & some easy grip tweezers (which are also great for improving hand strength ready for learning to write, as well as honing fine motor skills) and off they go!
This can be a great self directed activity, which can help children build their independence & confidence in their own problem solving skills.
If you wanted to take this activity to the next level, paint some old cardboard tubes in your chosen colours. Once dry, tape the tubes to a wall or side of a box. Then give your child a bowl of mixed pom poms & some easy grip tweezers. All they need to do is post the Pom Poms down the correct coloured tube into a tray or bowl below.
(Image credit: www.learning4kids.net)
Easy grip tweezers: https://amzn.to/2UvweY0
Mixed Pompoms: https://amzn.to/375zT10
Eco Pompoms: https://amzn.to/36WEPW8
2. Coloured Beans
(Image credit: www.theimaginationtree.com)
Admittedly creating your coloured beans does take a while initially but once they are done they last for several months (usually about 3mths) if stored in an airtight container & out of direct sunlight.
To make your beans, add one cup of dry, light coloured beans to a zip lock plastic bag with 15 drops of food colouring. Seal the bag and shake them like crazy for about 10-20 seconds - until you see that they are completely coated.
Empty them out onto a tray lined with paper towels and spread them out evenly so they don’t stick together. Allow a few hours for them to air dry.
Once your beans are ready, the options are endless. We like to sort beans into matching coloured pots (Ikea mugs are great for this!) or count them out onto matching colour circles of card.
3. Painting in a bag.
We had great fun doing this at Little Starlings this week but you can take it to the next level at home.
Cut a piece of card to fit your bag. Load the card up with blobs of paint, perhaps add a sprinkle of glitter (here’s a link for some biodegradable glitter: https://amzn.to/2S1lrTI). Seal the bag & tape it down to a flat surface and let them go wild! When they are done you’ll have a lovely original master piece to pop on the fridge or in a frame. Children really love to see their work on display!
4. Water mats
These mats are brilliant & VERY portable! You can either draw alongside your child – modelling good pen grip techniques for your child to copy – or let them work self directed, letting their imagination run wild & exploring different ways to reveal the hidden colour.
(Our mat is from Tomy https://amzn.to/2UAfb6W but you can get cheaper ones)
5. Colour & shape matching with Duplo
Gather up some plain Duplo blocks. Arrange them into some basic shapes made up of the same colour blocks. Then trace around the shape. Do this with several shapes so you have at least once shape per colour.
Put all of the blocks in a basket alongside a stack of the shape cards you’ve created. Ask your child to turn over a shape card & find the matching colour pieces to build the shape.
To expand on this game you can create more complicated shapes (duck, flowers, ice lolly, etc) made up of difference coloured blocks, Photograph & print out your new complex shape cards.
To play your child then needs to select a card, then match the individual colours and shapes in the picture to create the shape shown on the picture card.
These are just a few of our favourite mess free colour games, but a bucket full of different coloured toys or household objects will do the job just as well.
We hope you enjoy your colour fun at home!
WOW what a start to the new decade! We have some very excited little people here at Little Starlings who have arrived bursting to learn and discover new things.
This Spring term is all about gently encouraging independence, establishing new friendships with peers and getting creative.
We are focusing our sessions this term on encouraging shape and colour recognition. Encouraging the children to participate in group led activities, getting hands on exploring colour and texture through our arts and crafts, along with themed, cooking, songs and stories.
We love encouraging sensory play at Little Starlings through activities that stimulate senses through touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Through sensory play children are free to investigate, create and discover new sensations, while processing & building understanding on their own terms.
Look out for updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages as the children have fun exploring.
Wintery weekends can often leave you feeling penned in with the kids bouncing off the walls!
The RSBP have created a fun reason to wrap up & get outside with the kids this weekend (25-27 Jan) by joining in on their Big Garden Bird Watch. Having an activity like this can help you can keep the kids focused on their task of checking off the birds on their spotters list (& hopefully minimise the moaning), while also getting some fresh air and a bit of a run around.
Why not add to the fun by getting the kids to make their very own pair of special Bird spotting binoculars!
All you'll need is:
2 toilet rolls
An off cut of wrapping paper
Some coloured card
Cut the wrapping paper into a strip that is same height as the toilet rolls & long enough to wrap around them both side by side.
Glue or staple together the toilet rolls then wrap in paper.
Next cut out two wings and a beak. Glue them onto the side & front of the wrapped rolls. Finally glue on a pair of eyes & you're ready to go!
And don't forget to down load a bird spotters pack from the RSBP:
Have a great weekend