If you’re anything like me, you were dreading this half term a little. It’s nothing like our ‘normal’ half terms, and entertaining the children is going to require some extra effort.
But fear not for I have scoured social media with what’s left of my brain after this half term and here are some of the best ideas I found.
Half term ideas to do with your kids…
???? Crafts! ????
Yes, that dreaded word that we all cringe about, but also considered a childs favourite thing to do. Pull out that play dough, Hama beads, junk modelling stash and get crafty with your children. Not only do we all need time away from our screens after an intense few weeks but it’s a great way to connect with each other and build confidence. Why not go big and create a giant cardboard castle for the week, it’ll keep them entertained for hours.
???? Outdoor (or indoor) scavenger hunt! ????
This is great as is it can be adapted for indoors or outside and suitable for any age or ability. The idea is to either write a list of different items or call out items one at a time as they’re found. The kids go crazy for this and the best part is that they will burn off lots of steam doing it (win/win). To make it easier, or mix it up a little, choose colours or shapes of items instead of finding named items.
???? Cinema! ????
I know, they’re closed so we can’t go there. So, instead, they have come to us! Odeon Cinemas have released a fab ‘home cinema pack’ which can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/37ievcb
???? Banish Technology! ????
Just for a day or an evening and pull out the board games. Connect with each other and learn new skills, leave the competition behind as much as possible and enjoy having some old fashioned fun together. We’ve created an app all about unplugging your family with other ideas, download it here:
???? Ask them! ????
My last suggestion is my favourite and most simple….ask them! Simply ask them what they’d like to do today (within reason and restrictions obviously). Allow them to make the decision.
You could go all the way and let them make all the decisions for the whole day including what you do, eat, wear etc. Simply giving them the power to choose at a time where they’ve not been in control of very much is a fantastic way to connect again and will bring up some interesting conversations all round.
Whatever you do this half term, stay safe and reach out to loved ones if you need a friendly ear to listen.