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Cheap Half Term Activities to Keep the Kids Entertained

Keeping the kids entertained during school holidays can be tough, but the half-term might be one of the toughest. It's often cold outside, and saving for the summer, Christmas, and other events can leave you with a tight wallet. But we all want to make sure kids have a good time on their school holiday, so that when they go back they feel like they’ve had a good break and are ready to learn again. So to help you out, we’ve thought of some super fun half-term activities that will keep your kids entertained, let you bond as a family, and won’t break the bank.

 

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Baking

Baking is perhaps the perfect half-term activity: you get to stay inside your lovely warm kitchen, your kids will love mixing together all the ingredients and choosing their flavours, there’s delicious food to eat at the end of it, AND you’ve probably already got most of the ingredients in your cupboards. With just three simple ingredients of flour, eggs, and milk, you can make some beautifully fluffy pancakes. Spending an afternoon whipping up these beauties and then seeing who can catch it after a proper flip is bound to bring reels of fun for both you and the children. If you’ve got the basics of flour, eggs, milk, plus sugar, then just a quick trip to the shop and less than ten pounds can bulk out your ingredients with butter, chocolate, or flavour extracts, leading you to endless sweet possibilities. Make sure to check out some more of our tasty recipies for some cheap and fun baking ideas!

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Arts and Crafts

If you don’t want to constantly feed your kids sugar throughout the half term, then arts and crafts is another creative activity that has limitless yet cheap possibilities. Got some old newspaper, magazines, or old notes lying around? Papier Mache lets kids get as creative as they want, and it's also something that could keep them entertained over a good couple of days, what with the project needing to dry first and then be decorated! And decorating isn’t limited to paper. Rock painting and finger painting are all creative activities that don’t require much cash. Just a couple cheap and colourful paints or felt tips, find some large rocks in the garden or at a park, and the children will love covering them in pretty patterns. If pulling out paints, paper, glue, and just letting your kids run wild seems like a bit too hectic and messy for you, then its always worth keeping a couple craft or science sets tucked away in the cupboard. You usually get them pretty cheaply, and a lot of them are educational too! Although maybe don’t let the kids know that; they’re so excited for their week off school…

 

A trip to the park

We know the weather isn’t always fantastic during the half-term; there’s a good chance it will be cold and rainy all week, which is why baking and arts and crafts are such great ideas. But if the sun does start shining for a day or two, getting out for some fresh air and a run in the park with the kids will help both lift their spirits, and tire them out. Wrap up in some warm clothing, take a football, and treat yourself and the kids to a hot chocolate after all that exercise.

All in all, you don’t need to spend loads of money to keep your children happy – they’re really just happy to have the week off school! This half term is a great opportunity to spend quality time with them, finding something you can enjoy together, and maybe discovering a new hobby they can pick up!

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