Written by Sara Oldham
How is it half term AGAIN? Of course, we’re all totally prepared. We’ve got the childcare plan sorted. We’re armed with snacks. Our kids will play quietly with their toys, while we have a well-earned tea break. RIGHT…?!
It doesn’t hurt to have a back-up plan. Or 50! These easy, creative ideas will keep kids busy, so you can have 5 minutes to yourself.
These ideas are guaranteed to keep kids happy because they’re based on all of their favourite things.
1-5 – Unicorn games
From making music to hunting unicorn treasure, these simple suggestions are magical!
6-10 – Out of this world ideas
Kids like space. We all like biscuits. So, we love this simple idea of showing the life cycle of the moon with Oreo cookies. Plus, there’s an easy way to make an alien and more crafty fun…
11-15 – Monstrous Makes
Your little monsters will love crafting these scary friends out of cardboard tubes, egg boxes, raisin boxes and more!
16-20 – Fairytale fun
Try these crafts based on fairytales to spark imaginative play! Suitable for children aged 2+, they can make Cinderella’s slipper, a fire-breathing dragon, plus there’s a fun way to create an enchanted rose.
ARTS AND CRAFTS!
These crafts let kids be creative without too much mess!
21-25 – Over the rainbow
From an easy way to swoosh a rainbow with a washing-up sponge, to creating multi-coloured slime, keep kids busy with these colourful crafts.
We love these finger puppets that kids can colour, snip and stick – and then have fun creating stories with.
27-31 – Tissue paper art
Children can scrunch, tear and stick to make a butterfly, flowers – and pizza!
32-36 – Make a race track – or 5!
This post has 5 ways to make a race track with simple step-by-step instructions. Now, where are those toy cars?
We love this fun way to make a toy ice cream stand using recycled card.
ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PAINT!
Sometimes all kids want to do is paint. Throw some newspaper over the table, dress them in old clothes and then let them loose on these exciting ways to paint.
38 – Potato power
Kids can learn how to potato print like a pro with this quick video.
39-43 – Mirror, mirror
Remember that trick where you paint one butterfly wing, fold the paper and – voila! A perfectly symmetrical painting. Here are 5 alternative pictures to create with this technique…
44 – Button bouquet
Set slightly older children this project of creating a bunch of flowers with buttons and wire – and end up with an ornament you’ll want to put on display.
Draw and paint on stones to create your own storybook characters!
Put your little one’s chef hat on and get baking with these easy treats!
46-50 – Summer snacks
Get the kids creating some fruity frozen treats that are healthy, delicious and super simple to make.
51 – Healthy muffins
Fill a few hours baking together. We love these banana spinach muffins from Yummy Toddler Food.
Try this super-simple, decadent chocolate cake recipe together.
53-57 – Nostalgic treats
From peppermint creams to coconut ice, these no-bake recipes will stir up memories from your own childhood.
Have a go at this easy, summery treat! Lots of scattering and drizzling for little fingers.
So, there you go! Over 50 ideas for a creative, fun half term with the kids. You’ve got this!