Fun Educational Activities: Things to do With the Kids This Upcoming Half TermOctober 7, 2014
The end of the school term is dawning once again. It seems that the kids have more holidays than adults! With the half term coming up, it’s time to plan what activities you are going to be doing with them during the week off. The weather is turning, and autumn is on its way. This can seem limiting for many people, who are unsure as to what to do with the kids when the rainy days are setting in. Fear not, there is a wealth of fun and educational activities that you can do with the kids this upcoming half term. The week will pass in the blink of an eye.
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Planning activities is important. After all, it makes sense to have a plan in place for activities. You can download templates online to assist you with the planning of the half term. It shouldn’t be too regimented, but keeping the structure in place is important for children. This is especially true for those that have only just started school this year.
With Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to spend some time on arts and crafts. You can make witches hats, bake scary cupcakes and make bat-shaped biscuits. There is a wide range of Halloween based things that you can do with the kids. The scarier the better! Carving pumpkins is a fun way to get involved with the Halloween festivities.
Get Messy and Learn More about Science
Conduct scientific experiments in the home. Undoubtedly, your kids have been learning about science at home. What’s more, you can perform your own mini-experiments at home with ease. Get in the garden with a sieve and sift for wildlife. Talk about the different plants and animals within your own backyard. Spend an evening looking through binoculars at the night sky and learn more about the wider universe. The Online Star Register can give you some great pointers as to what to look for. Science doesn’t have to be limited to the classroom. Engage your child’s scientific mind in the home too. What’s more, October is the perfect month to enjoy the last of the moderate weather. Take advantage of this and get in the garden.
While the weather is somewhat more pleasant, take advantage of the countryside and go on a nature walk. You can even devise your own maps or bingo sheets. Get kids to mark off the animals, plants and birds that they spot on their walk. You can pick up cones, leaves and other objects and turn their nature walk into a fun arts and crafts activity when you get home. Nature walks are an excellent way to ensure that they are getting plenty of fresh air. It’ll do everyone a world of good to get out of the house!
Prepare For Christmas
With the dreaded C-word just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about Santa. You can write letters to Santa. Turn it into a fun poster activity. There is a wealth of things that you can, in regards to getting in touch with Santa. It’s a great activity, and the kids will love it.