In this guest post from Hayley Brown at Verymummy.com, you’ll find lots of free things to do with your little ones to help overcome the inevitable cries of “we’re bored” and “what can we do now”? Half term fun doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
You can’t always afford to go out every day and, frankly, sometimes you just haven’t got the energy. I know I haven’t!
Over to Hayley….
I don’t know about you, but the half term is here. Its gone so fast.
Any parent will tell you that a week off with the kids can be exhausting and mentally draining if you haven’t got any days out planned.
It’s good for them to get out and about, burn off energy, feel the wind in their hair, learn new things, visit new places and make memories as a family.
On the other hand, it is perfectly acceptable to have days at home and we as a family have a few of them. Sometimes the kids need to chill and have time to play with their toys and relax and watch films.
Strong families are built on a foundation of love and, having two daughters I know very well how hard it is to find the time sometimes. Most days I feel like I need to be cloned just so I can be with both my kids!
Having a few days indoors and out together as a family will help strengthen family bonds and create positive family memories.
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So what can we do as a family at home for some half term fun?
Plant spring flower tubs, plant some seeds and bulbs and watch them grow over the coming months.
You can start to sow Antirrhinums (Snapdragons) now to ensure early flowering. Along with sweetpeas. Dahlia tubers are good to sow now also. You could try your hand at growing Chrysanthemums and geraniums.
Fancy growing fruit and veg?? Asparagus pea seeds, aubergines, herbs, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, cucumber, tomatoes, leeks, and onions are all good to start sowing now. Give it a go. There’s nothing better than growing your own produce.
Bake a cake
With thousands of recipes online to choose from, or take a recipe and tweak it yourself.
Baking bread can be a great science lesson too – for example predicting by how much the bread will rise.
Slime is all the rage these days. Just be careful with using borax recipes.
Chalking on your driveway.
Chalking is fun, and the rain will simply wash it away. My girls love chalking on the driveway.
Make a den in front of the TV and have popcorn and watch a film.
Buy a birdhouse and decorate it, using paint, sequins, and whatever else you can find. Don’t forget to seal it with a sealer.
Junk modelling – time to go through your recycling. Kids can make the most wonderful creations from almost anything.
Get the boxes out and make a house, rocket, train
Tape up a doorway and throw cotton wool, tissue paper, feathers at it, see what your web can catch. This is one of my personal favourites, but just make sure that you don’t need to go through the door – for example, the kitchen door!
We have experimented with cloud dough, play dough, gloop, shaving foam, and jelly play before and it is great fun.
Close the curtains, grab a disco bulb turn the music up and have a boogie.
Board games – grab a cuppa and play a good old-fashioned board game. We play Beat the Parents and Monopoly quite a lot in our house. Sometimes I dabble in a game of Twister too – Keeps me flexible!
Make sock puppets
Play with clay. My daughter enjoys using her Pottery Cool. Messy but fun.
Indoor bowling. You can use loo rolls and bottles for the skittles. Fill the bottles up for extra weight. All you need is a ball. Great fun to be had, and can be very competitive.
Indoor/garden treasure hunt. Write down some clues (maths problems, riddles, whatever you choose) and hide them. The children then have to solve them in order to find the location of the prize.
Marshmallows and straws constructions. Simple idea but very clever. We do this a lot in our preschool, see what creations they can construct.
Hama beads. Another personal favourite of ours.
Make a bracelet, using beads, or dried pasta. You can paint the pasta too.
Whatever you decide to do, do it as a family, use a camera, and enjoy each others company and make memories to look back on. Life is too short, and it goes so fast once the kiddies are at school. Make the most of the holidays and have some half term fun.
About Hayley Brown
Hayley is the creator and proud owner of VeryMummy. Hayley is a wife and mother to two beautiful daughters. She is a 1:1 teaching assistant and is also on the editorial team for TheDadNetwork. She loves to blog to raise awareness. Knowledge is power. You can find Hayley on all major social media platforms using @VeryMummy.
Don’t forget you can find more suggestions for half term activities both at home and out and about around Cardiff in the two posts below.