16 LOW COST HALF TERM ACTIVITIES TO KEEP YOU BUSY…
Posted by Kat Heath on 13 Feb 2021
As we all know it hasn’t been the easiest of starts to the year. With National Lockdown, combined with the cold and often wet weather it has felt a lot longer than 6 weeks since the beginning of 2021.
As a working mum of two I’m in two minds about the arrival of half term and like many parents that are frantically trying to get to grips with juggling work, home life and homeschooling I will be relieved that I will have a whole week off from a task that is becoming increasingly hard to bare. However at the same time, I am slightly daunted (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this) at the prospect of not having anything to do to occupy and exhaust my two little ‘cherubs.’ With many attractions closed and the government’s guidelines for us to all stay at home we are limited as to what we can do during February half term.
Or so I thought….
After some research and suggestions in the Epsom & Ewell Families Facebook group I have devised a list of some great low cost/free ideas for you and your children to make the most of half term during lockdown.
PANCAKE DAY: 16th February
Pancake day or Shrove Tuesday is traditionally the last day before the start of Lent. People would use up all their rich foods such as; flour eggs and sugar to prepare for fasting.
This long lasting tradition is a great way of getting children involved in the kitchen and is a super cheap activity!
Encourage your children to choose their own toppings. Maybe even try some savoury combinations!
Here’s a super easy gluten free pancake recipe to try here.
Pizza making is a great activity to get your children helping in the kitchen.
You can buy ready made bases from the supermarket, however it is super easy to create your own base using, Flour, Water, Oil and a pinch of salt.
Just simply knead together and go!
Encourage your children to choose their toppings and obviously don’t forget the tomato purée and cheese!
Alternatively you could try Pin Wheel Piazza, I use this simple recipe from Grow Cook and Enjoy.
Another kitchen activity which doesn’t cost much. Visit: Baking Mad for some easy and fun recipes aimed for children to do.
ZOOM CATCH UP WITH FRIENDS:
If you weren’t familiar with Zoom before the pandemic then the likely hood is you are now!
Zoom is a great way of keeping your children in touch with their friends. Maybe organise a Zoom Quiz or create a game such as charades which will keep them entertained for a while!
You could host your own but if you needed a little helping hand you could check out Pipscreen Parties which are hosted by local children’s entertainer; Katie Taborn.
The host parent sets up a WhatsApp group and invites all guests (parents)
Katie will then post a pre-party video to introduce myself to the children and parents
Then a secure Zoom link is sent and everyone logs in on the day and as Katie states: ‘We party HARD!’
For more information visit: www.pipsqueakspa.co.uk or get in touch via the Pipsqueaks Performing Arts Facebook page.
The chances are during February half term the weather maybe gloomy and cold outside so an indoor picnic is a fun way to spend an afternoon. Especially on a rainy day!
Encourage your children to help create their favourite picnic foods.
Make a variety of sandwiches or rolls. Make it interesting and lay a blanket in the front room and enjoy!
INDOOR TREASURE HUNT:
Treasure hunts are a great way of spending a rainy afternoon. Create clues and hide various items around the house. You could even have a pirate themed treasure hunt!
Again another great activity for when it’s raining.
Grab some popcorn and drinks and snuggle up in the sofa. There are many children’s film channels available so take your pick!
This is a firm favourite in our house and is a lovely craft which doesn’t cost anything!
Using paints or sharpie pens you can create some beautiful artwork on rocks and stones found in your garden.
SCRAP BOOK MAKING:
Scrapbooks have been a long time favourite for children throughout the decades.
Your child can create visual journals using items from a walk or from old magazines. It is a lovely way to keep them occupied for at least an afternoon!
DRAW WITH ROB:
Draw with Rob was a phenomenon which started during the pandemic encouraging children to draw but it is broken down so easily. Rob Biddulph says;
‘When the coronavirus pandemic quarantine period began in Spring/Summer 2020, I realised that lots of people were going to find themselves at home with their children for several weeks/months looking for things to do. So I decided to post a draw-along video every Tuesday and Thursday that parents could watch with their kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures.’
These videos which are all available on You Tube or via the Draw With Rob website are a great way of keeping children occupied and creative!
We are so fortunate to have some beautiful walks around the Epsom & Ewell area.
The Hogsmill is a particular favourite but there are also some other walks in the area which are great for a change:
Priest Hill Nature Reserve
Howell Hill Nature Reserve
Castle Hill Nature Reserve
Horton Country Park
NonSuch Park/Cheam Park
SURREY LIBRARIES/ SUTTON LIBRARIES:
As libraries are not open in the usual way at present you can still enjoy various online events hosted by the various libraries in the area.
For Surrey Library online events visit the website here.
For Sutton Library online events visit the website here.
SECOND HAND DANCE EVENTS:
Second Hand Dance is a company which showcase various dance performances aimed at adults and children. Currently they are performing them online.
Currently Second Hand Dance are showing a new performance filmed in Epsom. Donate if you would like to. Visit the website here.
We are big fans of kitchen discos in our house! Ask Alexa or Google to play your favourite playlists and get down.
You could even take it to another level and dress up. Pretend your at a festival or rave and really let your hair down. Just be aware of your neighbours though!
Raid your loft and garage and dig out your old board games. Perfect for a wet afternoon.
I hope this helps to inspire some of you during this unusual time.
Remember one day at a time and take it easy!