Half Term Holidaying in Lockdown

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A lockdown February half term holiday is not what any of us hoped for. I recall last year feeling poorly with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but still managing to get the boys out for a farm visit, having play dates with friends and taking them to museum events. None of which we can do this year.

February half term can often feel a little cold and grey. In consideration of this, it’s the holiday that I normally make the most effort with, to give the boys a feeling of having a really nice, gently paced week away from school work.

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel a little weary of looking at a screen for any reason at the moment. With this in mind I set about looking at different options for things I could do during this half term holiday that are compliant with the lockdown laws, but also offer a change of pace and focus without a screen. I’ve come up with the following list of 40 things to do this week. I don’t think we’ll do them all! I did think though that you might like to take a look at it too, although full disclosure I absolutely expect there to be a film afternoon or two thrown in for good measure at some point during the week as well.

  • Bake fairy cakes or cookies
  • Make a pizza
  • Post a card or letter to someone
  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Make a wish jar
  • Make a time capsule
  • Learn about a new animal
  • Learn some words in a new language 
  • Go on a scavenger hunt outside
  • Make a zip line for a toy 
  • Read by torch light
  • Design bunting for your (their) bedroom 
  • Create a sports day (indoor or outside!)
  • Write a dream shopping list without any financial restraints
  • Learn a magic trick 
  • Make up a riddle 
  • Play ‘would you rather?’
  • Share a joke with someone in your family 
  • Make a mini playground with figures from with play doh
  • Plant something new
Planting something new
  • Make up a dance and teach it to the rest of the family
  • Try some yoga poses
  • Write a poem 
  • Freeze petals or leaves in water 
  • Play the penny challenge on a walk (heads for turning right, tails for turning left)
  • Create a playlist 
  • Make a dream catcher 
  • Find out more about your family tree 
  • Make frozen fruit ice lollies 
  • Learn 5 new things about a subject that interests you, from books or magazines
  • Make a collage for your wall
  • Play a memory game 
  • Make a musical instrument 
  • Draw a picture and make it into a jigsaw
  • Listen to new (to you) music 
  • Paint rocks 
  • Do a science experiment 
  • Have a paper aeroplane flying competition
  • Play floor is lava
  • Have an indoor camp
Fairy den

If you try any of these activities I’d love you to let me know in the comments below!

And if you enjoyed this post, you might also like to take a look at this easy science experiment too.