Half Term Fun: Free & Easy Activities For Kids

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.

Half term fun could be getting out into the garden and growing some vegetables from seed

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Bake a cake

With thousands of recipes online to choose from, or take a recipe and tweak it yourself.

Make Bread

Baking bread can be a great science lesson too – for example predicting by how much the bread will rise.

Half term fun could be something simple like baking home-made bread

Photo by Nadya Spetnitskaya on Unsplash

Make Slime

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.

Half term fun could be something simple like chalking on your driveway

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

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.

Loom bands.

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!

Sensory activities

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.

half term fun - have your own disco at home

Photo by Regina Valetova on Unsplash

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!

half term fun - get the Monopoly out!

Make sock puppets

Play with clay. My daughter enjoys using her Pottery Cool. Messy but fun.

half term fun - play with clay

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.


  1. Ashleigh+Dougherty
    25 February, 2018 / 11:43 am

    I dont have kids but these are some great hobbies and tasks to do during the holidays

  2. Melissa
    23 February, 2018 / 12:54 am

    These are some really great suggestions. I have two toddlers and sometimes during NYC winters we get cabin fever. I really try to avoid television, but sometomes its hard to think of new and exciting activities.

  3. 22 February, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    Some really great ideas here. I like the idea of sowing some seeds, my daughter would love that and we always leave it too late for sweet peas every year – you’ve reminded me to start early!

  4. 22 February, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    I am a huge fan of board games, to pass the time! I used to love baking as a child too, so much fun being allowed to make cupcakes!

  5. 22 February, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Such lovely activities! I would love to plant some seeds and grow my own veggies!

  6. 22 February, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Brilliant ideas. My nephew will visit me soon and will stay with me for some days. We can definitely do some of these activities together.

  7. 21 February, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Oh, love this! If im honest I always dread half term as I can never think of enough things to do! I am pinning this for the Easter holidays!

  8. 21 February, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    Oooh so many great ideas! We are away for a few days and have been enjoying a game or two of Monopoly. Kaz

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