Can you believe it, Half Term already! The year is going so fast and so if you’re thinking, it feels like you’ve blinked and the kids are off school and you have absolutely no idea what you’re going to do to entertain them, then fear not.
We have a list of great ideas to keep the kids occupied over the Half Term break. Variety is the key, as everyone knows kids get bored easily – and keeping their little minds and bodies active too.
Have your Own Bake-Off Challenge
Everyone loves Great British Bake Off – especially kids. The best thing about it is that you can watch it all as a family, and so many kids want to get into the kitchen as a result and make their own creations!
If it’s an especially rainy afternoon, baking is a Godsend. It doesn’t matter whether you have just the one little baker – or a group of them (although this can add a competitive edge to see who is crowned Master Baker!)
Just give them a theme, such as a film or book, or the ‘Showstopper Challenge’! All you need to supervise is the blender and some baking equipment, let them get creative and then you can enjoy the tasty treats afterwards.
Story (or Quiet!) Time
Another good idea for a rainy day is to get them to create a play of their favourite story. They can use fancy dress, make props, do a puppet show or even perform songs. But it should take up enough time for you to make a cuppa and have a biscuit – while waiting for them to perfect their show and ‘entertain’ you!
Afterwards, hopefully they might be a bit tired out from all the acting and singing, so you can get them to pick a favourite book and have some ‘quiet’ time reading, and cuddling on the sofa.
Have a Sports Day
To make sure they get a bit of exercise as well during the break, why not set up a mini Sports Day? Whether it’s just lying a few hula hoops on the floor for them to jump into (landing outside results in lost points!), skipping for a set number of skips, or even doing an egg and spoon race (with little bean bags or balls).
There are lots of cheap outdoor toys too if the weather’s good, such as footballs goals to see how many they can score, swingball and tents where they can have a picnic/ adventure!
As a treat on one of the days, if you’re climbing the walls by then, there are some great days out there that don’t cost the earth. Obviously there’s always the usual museums, art galleries and local parks to be explored, but if you’re looking for something different, Virgin Experiences offer a range of activities.
From swinging around forests, to bouncing on giant trampoline nets in a cave – and wandering around London on the Harry Potter bus tour.
Mummy Blogger Tips for Half Term:
We asked one of our favourite mummy bloggers, Amy Treasure from www.amytreasure.com, what she does with her kids at Half Term: