In these cash strapped, credit crunchy days I think it's important to get our little ones used to the concept of working for a crust. How about ...
chalk smashing (fabulous for tension relief):
and digging for valuable artefacts?
A few weeks back we visited Butser Ancient Farm on an Open Day, which in all honesty we expected to keep us occupied for about an hour. Six hours later we were still there, and had learned all sorts of new skills. So if the recession really bites I shall be able to spin and weave my own wool and Mr DC can smelt metal to make coins. Oh, and we learned a good trick for using less fuel on our fire this winter - turns out if you're a lazy wotsit and let the ash build up instead of cleaning out the grate every time a single log will burn for hours. Well, that's what the archaeologist told us but I have no idea if it actually works yet - and besides, what would the neighbours think!