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This half term is a little different from other holidays – here are 10 ideas that we will be trying out…

This half term sees us still not able to go far but in spite of the current restrictions we are aiming to have a great week. After 6 weeks of being parent AND teacher (or at least supervisor) it feels important to a) enjoy being just a parent and children and b) to let the kids take a lead a little.  There are still plenty of fun things to try – at home and locally so we have compiled a top 10 of things we will be doing this week…

1. Outdoor scavenger hunt.

We have walked our local parks and streets a lot over the last 11 months but it is so great to get outdoors together. Despite the cold snap there are signs of spring appearing so why not take a scavanger hunt to complete along the way. There are some great ones from Primary Playground here

2. Treasure Trails

How about a self-guided mystery Treasure Trail perfect to help you explore Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter with family? We will be heading out to try this one!

Along the circular 1.5 mile route you’ll explore the historical streets of Lincoln whilst solving some sneaky clues. The answers are set on permanent features found around Lincoln such as interesting buildings, monuments and quirky signs, so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled. Trail booklets can be downloaded and printed direct from the Treasure Trails website for £9.99.

Suitable for children and adults aged between 6 to 106, can you follow the route and solve the clues to discover whodunit?

3. Obstacle course

We have already set one of these up to race against the clock! Chairs, bat and ball, tree stump, hoop and football – use whatever you have. Will keep you posted on my circuit time:)!

4. Pancake Day

Never mind Valentine’s, it is all about Shrove Tuesday in our house! As my kids will eat pancakes all day and they are easy to make, we will be celebrating big style this year.  There are some great accompanying themed activities at Nurture Store here

5. Craft Day 

After a few weeks of structured activities guided by school topics, time to let the imagination flow! We are creating a stable out of old boxes with a tack room – wish me luck!

6. Pottery Painting

We have treated ourselves to a paint your own pottery box from our partners The Little Pottery Studio (see above).  This is a great way to while away a few hours getting creative. More info here. Our box even came with some yummy cupcakes from the lovely Back Garden Bakery. Looking forward to this one!

7. Themed Movie Day

The weather lends itself to wrapping up warm in front of a movie at this time of year so blankets, popcorn and a favourite film are always a great plan. Why not make an event of it – dress up for the occasion. We have moved on from Frozen and Disney to Harry Potter in our house so it is just a choice of Hufflepuff or Slytherin!

8. Indoor camp

Even I don’t mind indoor camping occasionally and it’s a great adventure for little ones. Even if you don’t want to camp at night, making an indoor den at the start of the week. There  is a great kit to use at the Works here or just a table with sheets and blankets can do the job nicely. Might even mean the chance to drink a peaceful hot cuppa!

9.  Park Life continued…

If you want to try a new park or walk – we would love to hear from you. Within our local area we are blessed with lots of hidden green spaces and we want to find a new one this week!  We can’t go far but when we can we want to cast our park net far and wide so let us know your favourites…

10. FREE time!

Finally – and perhaps most importantly of all – free time creates new ideas. We plan to take time off screens where possible as work and play has meant constant Zoom, Teams or Youtube and structured timetables. We plan a break from all of that and maybe some time to just be and do nothing. Enjoy!

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