10 ways to keep children active this half term
With half term next week, children will be full of excitement, anticipating a week of fun; parents, on the other hand, may not be feeling quite so excited, instead feeling an added pressure as you’re stuck for time and ideas.
To help inspire both you and your children this half term we’ve put together some ideas to keep the stress levels low and the excitement levels high!
- Learn something new – A break from school doesn’t have to mean a break from learning. Learn a new sport, channel your inner artist, imagine new worlds through writing, learn to juggle. The school holidays offer an abundance of time for honing a new craft.
- Ready steady cook! – Cooking is a life skill, so why not start early? Involve your children in the creation of their own snacks and meals. From smoothies, to ice lollies, to rainbow pizzas, to cakes, to salads, to spaghetti bolognaise. Both educational and great fun!
- Green fingers – Being that it’s May, if we’re lucky, the weather should allow us to enjoy our gardens. Have a patch in your garden that your child can look after. It’s a chance for them to grow their own flowers, fruit or vegetables; watching them grow will bring pride and excitement.
- Go on a nature walk – This time of year nature is bursting with life! Children can become explorers, discovering the plants and wildlife all around them.
- Plan a day – Whether it be they choose from a list of activities or you have a Yes Day (permitting a yes is safe, feasible, realistic and possible!), the extra responsibility and ownership will be exhilarating for children.
- Challenge accepted – Setting themselves a challenge will keep children motivated during the half term. Put on a play, make a film, conquer a fear, have a no technology week, read a book; the list is endless.
- Messy play – The words messy play may incite a certain fear in parents but if you can put aside the clean-up that will follow it can be lots of fun! You could finger paint, tie-dye, play with bubbles, make slime or play dough. The mess will be worth it when you see the delight on your child’s face!
- Meditate – Meditation, yoga and other mindfulness practices aren’t just for adults, these activities can have far-reaching benefits for children. With studies suggesting more and more children are exhibiting high levels of stress and anxiety, meditation can offer children the break their brain’s need. From increased attentiveness in class, to empathy, to respect for others, to managing stress; mindfulness is understood to be one of the most valuable skills to teach children.
- Holiday camp – Whether your child is an actor, singer, dancer or sports person there’s a camp for everyone. It’s a chance not only to enhance their skills in the chosen area, but also increase confidence, stay active and make new friends! Our Ofsted registered Active Camps provide sports and activities during every school holiday at venues throughout the Midlands. To find out more about Active Camps visit https://www.aspire-sports.co.uk/active-camps
- Dear Diary – Encourage your child to keep a diary, detailing their holiday activities. Write, draw, use photos, collect keepsakes; it’s a creative outlet for children and a joy to look back on.