The January term can definitely feel like the longest! Getting into the swing of the New Year and the sun setting just a little too early can make it hard to see the holiday light at the end of the tunnel. But now we’re almost there, the days are getting longer, roe deer are roaming and snowdrops are covering the ground – it’s time for a fun (and restful) half term!
With fun in mind, we’ve got some suggestions for this half term.
Launch into the school break with incredible talks and shows at the Royal Observatory’s Peter Harrison Planetarium (Ted’s Space Adventure looks like a must-see for 3-7 year olds!) and so much more. If you’re in London or fancy a trip there, pop along to the British Museum for ‘The world of Stonehenge’ exhibition, a historical exhibition where kids can learn about the age of Stonehenge – ‘a period of immense transformation and radical ideas that changed society forever’. And Southbank Centre is hosting their annual Imagine Children’s Festival, celebrating 20 years with lots of exciting events and activities for children of all ages.
How about getting creative in the garden? We’re poised to step into Spring and with the change of seasons comes lots of garden wildlife. All sorts of animals, bugs and birds need homes and you could help! Why not try making a bug hotel?! They’re fun and easy to make using natural materials like leaves and twigs. Chester Zoo have shared quick and simple instructions on how to build a hotel for the bugs (and any other wildlife that fancies it!) in your garden or nearest park.
We are still emerging from Winter, so a few rainy days are to be expected! When those days make an appearance, head for the crafts. We’ve found a fun way to keep in touch with friends and family is sending homemade cards! We used coloured card and our world map activity paper together with the eatsleepdoodle artist set of 20 wash-out pens and got to work colouring, cutting and sticking. Of course you could use any card, paper and pens or pencils that you have – get creative!
We decided to colour our cards in but you could also leave them blank and let your recipient colour it in. Cards in the post make a lovely surprise and they’re great for birthdays, keeping in touch and more!
If you’re looking for more outdoor adventures, we think RHS Garden Bridgewater is the perfect place! The projects and green spaces aim to improve the environment, while enriching the lives of people in the local community. With plenty of adventures to be had and things to discover, RHS Garden Bridgewater is an outdoor community hub for learning and play - there’s something for everyone!
And for those wildlife lovers, you could try pond dipping! It’s useful to have a net, a small tray, pens and paper, and access to a pond or river (adult supervision is a must here!) You can follow a guide on pond dipping on the RSPB website. You might spot all sorts of insects and wildlife – you could even use our nature & wildlife pond adventure tablecloth as a reference for the things that you spot!
We know that there’ll be some parents out there looking for a more relaxing, home-based activity so how about colouring in? Everyone knows it’s our favourite activity! With a range of fun colour and learn gifts there’s something for everyone. Our new world flags and heroines of history tablecloths are a great activity for the whole family, stimulating conversation about everything from travels and countries to adventures and achievements!
We hope we’ve given you some fun ideas for things to do during this half term break! And to help you get ready for half term - we’re also offering up to 35% off the eatsleepdoodle range! Shop the eatsleepdoodle half term sale.
And don’t forget you can share any of your colourings or crafting creations with us on social media by using #eatsleepdoodle – we always love to see what you’re up to! You can also tag us on Instagram (@eatsleepdoodle_), Facebook (@eatsleepdoodlehq) and Twitter (@eatsleepdoodle_).