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Keeping the Kids Busy This Lockdown Half Term

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With Covid numbers still high, it’s clear that this February Half Term will be spent at home. With no school work for the kids to do, we asked our Marketing Manager and working Mum, Caroline Adams her list of activities that will keep the kids busy this school holiday, leaving you some peace to work.

  1. Camp Out – Who doesn’t love a bit of den building? All you need is some chairs, cushions and blankets! Making a den can give the kid’s hours of entertainment and a fun place to play board games, read a book or watch a movie. It’s a pretty fun place to work too (or so I have been told!)
  2. Toy Wash – If your kids are anything like mine, most toys get dirty and sticky pretty quickly so I like to set my daughter to work, giving all her toys a good wash. It’s especially important with all these bugs going around. Fill up a bucket or water or even the bath tub and provide lots of bubbles and sponges. Don’t forget the towels too as you may end up spending more time mopping up afterwards.
  3. Giant scavenger hunt – This one needs a bit more planning. Prepare for your Easter egg hunts by hosting a giant scavenger hunt across your house. You may want to hide items of a crafting kit to be created at the end of the hunt or even hide characters of the wifi code with a movie or device time as a final treat.
  4. Set an imagination challenge – It is incredible what our children can do with a bit of imagination. A cardboard box is my daughter’s material of choice – give you kids a random item such as some wool, a cardboard tube, paper plate or egg box and ask them to make something creative out of them.
  5. Get chemical – Science kits are a quick win in our house. There are some fantastic science kits available on subscription (we love Mel Science) but there is plenty you can do using household objects. Check out this other blog for more ideas – https://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/
  6. Visit a tourist attraction (virtually) – With attractions around the UK staying closed, there are plenty of virtual tours available that are fun to enjoy. The British Museum, Warwick castle, The Natural History Museum, London Zoo and The National Gallery are all offering virtual tours this half term for free!
  7. Get your paintbrushes out – This is one for the parents and the kids. If you love a bit of drawing, head to YouTube and search for “Draw with Rob” for hundreds of fun drawing activities to follow along to online. Bob Ross has also added 403 episodes of his timeless classic, Joy of Painting to his YouTube channel.
  8. Stretch Out – In the first lockdown, my daughter started every morning with a bit of Cosmic Yoga on YouTube – These brilliant sessions combine yoga and storytelling and range from 10 to 30 minutes long. The perfect way to chill out and have some quiet time whilst Mummy and Daddy are in a meeting.
  9. Organise a virtual playdate – We know kids are craving interaction with other children and nothing makes my daughter happier than an online playdate with her friends or cousins. This is a simple and easy activity that provides so much happiness and fun in a time where the last playdate was a long time ago!
  10. Have some quiet time – In our house, we have Downtime Wednesday. Every Wednesday evening after dinner, we switch off all our devices and have some Downtime. We read, we play board games, we listen to/make music, we chat and we draw. Switching off from the world is so important, especially at the moment. Take the opportunity when you can.

I feel very lucky that at Simply, I have the flexibility to be able to work and take care of my daughter this half term and throughout this lockdown. Juggling home schooling and working is tough but I know I have the support and understanding of my manager and that is a huge weight off my shoulders right now.

What do you have planned this half term? We would love to see your pictures – make sure you tag us on our social pages!

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