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Half Term Activities on a Budget - 5 Free/cheap kids activity ideas*


Woohoo we have made it to half term. The kids will be super excited about the time off whilst parents worry about the cost of entertaining their children over the week-long period,

Half term doesn't have to be expensive. Here are five activites you can do with your children this half term. Some are free and some at a very low cost;



Homemade Afternoon 

Tea Host a playdate with a twist with afternoon tea. We’re huge fans of afternoon tea and generally ‘picky’ food of any nature, and had a few during lockdown and we always have the best time organizing it.This is the perfect opportunity to make it a little educational; such as telling the time (what time we will have our afternoon tea), counting (how many people, how many plates etc) and baking... the list is endless

Baking

Baking teaches children motor skills, From measuring to mixing to kneading, there are many actions in baking that will allow your child to practice and enhance their motor function, control, and strength. 

Baking has been scientifically proven to help with stress reduction & relaxation. Spend some quality time bonding over recipes and even get the kids to help out to lighten your load.

 


Play games 

We love playing games together, even though we are slightly competitive at times. Playing games as a family helps make fond memories, develop learning skills, teach life skills and most importantly, family time means bonding times.We play simple paper games such as Noughts and Crosses and Hangman.

Board games including Monopoly and Scrabble. We also play online games on the Nintendo Switch and many games on the Laptop and Tablet.

We use the solitaire.org website, which has a vast selection of games to pick from our favourites are Minesweeper which is a modern remark of the classic and i've really enjoyed teaching Darcy how to play Solitare.

Scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunts are so much fun and really do not take much preparation. You can go online and find pre-made lists, or make up your own lists based on the age of the children and the environment you are in (garden or in the house, local park).

 If your kids are young, do not make them complicated! Pick 5 (or up to 10) easy things they can find. You can make a list, or draw pictures, or let them find something and come back to you for the next thing.If your children are young, do not make them complicated! Pick 5 (or up to 10) easy things they can find. 

You can make a list, or draw pictures, or let them find something and come back to you for the next thing.For older kids, you can make it more challenging. Up the stakes and have them measure, count, check off. It doesn’t have to just be collecting things. You can use a phone and have them take a photo.



Make Playdoh
Playdoh is super easy to make, it is non-toxic, so it is totally safe for small kids who are still putting things into their mouths. They will definitely spit it out as it is salty. And the best part is, it is soo cheap to make. All you need are the following; 1 cup flour of 1/4 cup salt, 2 tablespoons cream of tar tar, 2 tablespoons of oil, 1 cup of cold water and a couple of drops of food colouring.


If you have any tips for keeping the kids entertained over the half term, I’d love to hear them!

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