It only seems like last week that it was the Easter holidays and already
half term is on our doorsteps. We want to share six fun activities that
you can do this half term so that you can keep the boredom at bay and
your child’s mind active and inspired.
1. Go Outside
May half term is the perfect time to get outside with your children and
enjoy the fresh air. Whether it’s a walk in the park or a picnic
– it’s important to make the most of the time you’re
able to spend outdoors. If the sun is shining then spending the day at
the beach building sandcastles, collecting shells and even having a brave
swim in the sea is guaranteed to be a day filled with fun.
Exploring nature is another way of getting the kids out in the open. Here
in the UK there are loads of
National Trust sites to discover, which can be really educational and interesting for
children. If you fancy doing something slightly more challenging perhaps
plan a family camping trip- even if it’s in your garden. It will
really give kids a sense of adventure and feel as if they are exploring.
2. Get Crafty
Arts and crafts are a great way to turn around a rainy afternoon. Try creating
a scrapbook filled with clippings from old magazines and favourite family
photos. Alternatively get painting, drawing, sticking, gluing, building
or modelling with some clay or play dough. It will definitely get their
A less messy approach is giving your child a disposable camera for the
day. Set them a task of taking pictures of things that they like or of
places they have been that day. It’s a really fun and inexpensive
way to engage your kids imagination and inspire them.
Make the most of the half term by having a family declutter day- it can
even be enjoyable rooting though old items and reminiscing. Get the kids
involved by getting them to sort through their own things- we bet there
are loads of books, toys and clothes that they have grown out of. If you’ve
got the time, organising a car boot sale will be great incentive for your
children to earn some extra pocket money. Get them to help you set up
the stall and even have a go at selling. Encouraging kids to join in with
activities like this can surprisingly help boost confidence levels and
build on their people skills.
4. Visit the library
If you’ve got a few hours free a great place to visit is your local
library. It’s the perfect place for your child to indulge in reading
as it gives them the freedom to choose their own books. The novelty of
coming back next time and choosing something different is also exciting
and will encourage them to want to read what they have borrowed.
5. Get Baking
Spending the morning baking is a fantastic way to encourage your children
to become familiar with the kitchen and cooking. It’s also a lot
of fun following recipes, weighing out ingredients and getting really
messy. Baking doesn’t have to be extravagant either- choose from
simple child friendly recipes such as flapjacks, cookies, cupcakes or
brownies. It will be a treat for all the family and will also give you
quality one-on-one time with the kids.
6. Be active
It’s important that you keep your kids active during the half term,
but we know this isn’t always easy. Try fun alternative ways to
get the body moving such as spending the afternoon swimming, canoeing,
kayaking or taking a family trip on a cycle trail. If you really want
to try something different then why not pay a visit to a treetop adventure
forest filled with zip lines and rope slides. You may be surprised on
how much fun you can have too.