10 Ideas to Make February Half Term in Lockdown Different
Trying to make February half term feel different to the rest of lockdown? We’ve got some fabulous ideas here!
1. Pancake Day
Woohoo!! Pancake Day is right in the middle of the half term holidays!! Make it last the whole day with our child-friendly pancake day activities – find them here – then cook up a storm of savoury, sweet … or both!!!
We LOVE trails and we’ve been fans of geocaching for a while; it gets us outdoors, active and exploring. Geocaches can come in all different shapes and sizes and they are such a great thing for families to get involved in.
If you’ve never tried it before, geocaching is a fun, outdoor activity, where you try and find geocaches that other people have hidden. They are usually small containers, and some contain little treasures that you can swap with something of your own. Participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to find geocaches —there are probably some near you right now! Download the free Official Geocaching app to your phone and start finding.
3. Camp In
It’s a bit cold to be camping out at this time of year, so why not camp in! Ask the kids to create a den or tent indoors. Use the dining room table or the backs of the sofa to create the tent and away you go!
Check out our February Half-Term Boredom Buster! There are quite a few themed days happening over half term week – why not have a go?
5. Go on a themed walk
Mix up your daily exercise with a Strava map art walk! Strava Art is basically using your GPS device to create a picture of your activity. All you need is the Strava map app on your phone and the kids’ imaginations! It’s a great way to get the kids engaged in a walk; running around creating their masterpieces!
Butterfly Strava Art
With no home school to be getting up for, the kids can have a later night. Wrap up warm, take some hot drinks and go on a night walk to do some stargazing! We love the free app Star Tracker so we can tell which stars and planets we are looking at!
6. Have a Family Festival at Home
There are so many things you can do to create the festival vibe at home! Get the face paints and fancy dress on, decorate the garden with bunting and lights, then watch highlights of your favourite festivals online! You can catch most festivals on YouTube, or take a look at the BBC iplayer for some great Glastonbury highlights! Big Fish Little Fish do weekly Sunday Kitchen raves, we loved their session at the Camp Bestival Stay at Home Sleepover last Easter!
You could also hire a hot tub or bouncy castle as a treat for the kids for the garden to give a real festival feel!
7. Mini Garden Olympics or Football Tournament
As there has been no Olympics this year, why not create your own? Pick a country to represent, dress up in their colours and create your own competition numbers!
You could try one of the below events
Garden distance run
Discus – try using a frisbee!
You could buy cheap medals online to present to the winners!
8. Paint Rocks
During the first lockdown, Covid-19 rock snakes popped up everywhere and it was lovely to spot Calderdale Rocks on your daily
We love finding painted rocks and hiding them in a new location! We’re going to have a go at painting some this half term too!!
When I heard about the idea of a virtual cookalong from our friends at Ryedale Mumbler I thought it sounded a great idea! My oldest daughter is really starting to get into baking and enjoyed her school Teams Cookery Lesson recently. The idea with the virtual cookalong is you all make the same recipes linked via Zoom, you Zoom again (or stay on) for the kids to eat together. A great way for the kids to see friends or family.
Another idea I heard from a friend is a Zoom sleepover! This might be one for the older kids but apparently, they all Zoom and play games, listen to music, get ready for bed, have a virtual midnight feast and then go to sleep! Anyone else tried this?