For some Half Term has already begun, for others the chaos is just around the corner. With the coronavirus still in full swing, lockdown and restrictions beginning to tighten again and a general damp feeling in the air it can be a very tough task as mum’s to magic up fun, engaging activities which allow our children to enjoy themselves and see their friends all while following social distancing guidelines.
As we know Autumn is very likely to bring showers, so a mixture of activities is a good idea. While London has been moved into tier 2 lockdown there are still plenty of things you can get up to as a family at home and in your local area to keep the little ones entertained.
1. Arts and crafts
Ok this might be your idea of a nightmare but we all know kids love to get in touch with their creative side, and the best part is it will keep them busy while you are getting stuck into your work at home. Check out these brilliant ideas on all things from creating pebble people, toilet roll castles and space in a bottle! https://www.persil.com/uk/dirt-is-good/daily-activities.html?gclsrc=aw.ds
2. Take a trip to the woods
One for a brighter day, a trip to the woods is a great way to steer the kids away from their gadgets so they can enjoy some physical activity and fresh air. It is also great for us mum’s to get in our extra daily steps and spend some time in nature. Use this time to collect some bits and bobs for your arts and crafts session, take some family snaps and collect conkers – hours of entertainment!
3. Halloween fun!
Trick or treating might be off the cards for obvious reasons but that needn’t mean Halloween be cancelled altogether. Grab yourselves some cheap costumes or check out these ideas on making your own: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/g385/popular-kids-halloween-costumes/ Carve some pumpkins together, have fun with some apple bobbing games and even try some Halloween baking!
4. Scavenger hunt
A brilliant one if you’ve got some outdoor space or even enough room indoors if it is a miserable day. Give your children a list of items you’ve hidden around the house or in the garden and give them a set amount of time to run around finding them. This will not only wear them out but will also give you a well earned sit down!
5. Get them involved with your daily workouts!
You might automatically associate school holiday’s with completely writing off your health and fitness routine but this does not need to be the case. Kids can actually be our biggest motivator for working out. If they are off to kick a ball around the park or headed to the playground go along with them. You are the best person to teach your little ones the role and importance of movement. So if it’s rainy and cold outside and you want a way to reduce the screen time, lace up your shoes and have a go at some of these circuit ideas together: https://www.verywellfamily.com/ways-to-exercise-with-children-1257117
It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom this time, with a little creative thinking this half term can be a really great, fun and well needed break for both you are your kids away from your everyday routine. Check out even more affordable, healthy and fun ideas here: https://www.niix.fit/blogs/lifestyle/half-term-activity-ideas/
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