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Half Term Ideas

Scavenger hunt hikes

Even if you can’t go too far or don’t have too much green space nearby, you can still make a walk fun with a scavenger hunt.

Make a list of things for your child or children to tick off as you walk around the neighbourhood, park or local area. Make a list for them to try and tick off – spotting different birds, bugs and more.

It can be made fun with challenges, prizes and more.

Little child looking through binoculars

Quarantine time capsule

A bit of an understatement here, but we are living through history right now. In years to come, when Covid-19 is discussed the way the plague or smallpox is mentioned in history books now, you might want a unique way to remember the smaller details of living through it.  

Have your child locate items around the house that are unique to lockdown habits you’ve formed as a family and put them into a time capsule. Then when you decide to years down the line, you can open it together and reminisce.

Bury something in the garden – you won’t even know what you might forget between now and the future. 

 Father And Son digging in the garden

Teach your child new recipes

Whilst you’re cooking, get your child involved and try out a new recipe together.

Cook up a storm together – bonus points if you can trick them into thinking the washing up is fun. 

mother and daughter cooking at home


Teach them new skills

Have some bonding time and even get them to help out to lighten your load. Set a challenge  Challenge yourselves as a family to do something

  • Do 10,000 steps a day
  • Read a set number of books
  • Make a card for the people at the care home to let them know you are thinking about them
  • Learn to juggle
  • Learn to tie your shoelaces

Give yourself a reward if you achieve your challenge!


Mad Hatter’s tea party

Why not make your child’s lunch or snack time even more exciting by attaching a theme?

The Mad Hatter’s tea party is the perfect way to get your child dressed up and excited about an event again.  Spilling the tea.

Mad Hatter tea parties have extravagant decorations and striking costumes, which you can ask your child to craft for the big day. This is the perfect way to have a sensible, family celebration and use the half term period to create precious memories.

Girl having a tea party


Create a soundscape of your house

Create a soundscape together by going on a journey around the home to find different sounds. Whether it be the microwave beeping or scraping a stick against a wall in the garden, each time they find a sound use your phone and record it.

Click pause until you find the next one, then record again.

When you both listen to it back, you will have a soundscape of all the noises around your house.


Organise a virtual field trip

While we’re temporarily limited by Covid-19 safety restrictions, imagination knows no boundaries. A virtual field trip is a fantastic way to teach your child about different countries and cultures.

There are plenty of ways to do this including visiting the English Heritage website to explore England’s history or using Google Street View to virtually visit another country.

english-heritage.     streetview

Brush up on your Maths, phonics and spelling skills

Keep practicing your skills using the following sites:

TT Rock Stars  Numbots 

spellings Phonics