As the May Half Term approaches, it can be difficult to know what to do when the kids are off school to keep them and yourselves, entertained, happy, and active. Here are 9 activities that you can do each day with your children, to keep the whole family moving whilst getting to spend some quality time together, this half term.
1. Build a den.
Get the family on a mission to find some strong branches to build the frameworks of your den and some smaller sticks, twigs or leaves to fill the gaps. You could get your steps in and walk to the nearest park and build one, or do it in your back garden.
2. Have a kitchen disco.
Get the tunes on and your bodies moving in the kitchen. Putting on your favourite music and having a family boogie whilst you all whip out your best dance moves is a great way to get the whole family moving more and feeling good this half term. Why not give it the extra push and make it a part of your evening routine; a 10 minute disco before dinner every day?
3. Sensory Trail
Keep the kids engaged on walks with a sensory trail. With our downloadable half term sensory trail, print it off and tick off what you find on your walks. Why not take the family out to the nearest nature trail and see how many of your senses you can engage with.
4. Cloud Watching
As summer approaches and the temperatures begin to rise, it’s the perfect weather to go searching for some weird and wonderful clouds. Find a nice dry and clean patch of grass, lie down and watch as the clouds roll across the sky. Try and see who can find the most clouds shaped like animals.
Alternatively, for the night owls why not do some stargazing. As the nights get warmer, why not stay up a little later one night and lay under the stars in your garden to see which constellations you can find. It can be a great way to relax and unwind after a long day, just before bed.
6. Make some fruit ice cubes.
As it gets warmer, it’s important to stay hydrated and keep drinking water throughout the day. To keep your water cool and exciting, why not make some fruity cubes. Simply cut any fruit you fancy into small pieces, then fill your ice cube trays/moulds with water halfway, and finally, add a combo of your favorite fruits into the ice cube trays before popping into the freezer for 1 hour.
7. Go on a nature adventure
Go on a nature adventure. Investigate the hidden nooks of nature as a family, and see what you can find. Maybe you’ll come across another den, see some beautiful birds, or hear the rippling of a nearby stream. It’s a great way to get the whole family their 30 minutes of daily exercise and have some fun.
Get creative with some crown-making. Scavenge your garden or local park for materials you can use to make a crown fit for royalty
9. Get up to watch the sun-rise
Get an early start and walk your way up to the top of a hill or out by the sea to watch the colours of the sky change as the sun peeks out behind the land and makes it’s journey up into the sky. This can be a great feel-good moment for all the family as you snuggle close together and watch a new day begin.