The October half term is just around the corner. Here is my list of things to do this half term.
October Half Term Activities For Kids
Get into nature.
As the days grow darker, it gets harder and harder for us to get enough vitamin D. Get out of the house as often as possible, for as long as possible.
- Go for a walk and feel the leaves crunch beneath your feet.
- Have an autumn picnic, packing some hot soup in a flask with a crusty roll.
- Go to the local park and gather some leaves for collage or rubbings.
- Get them to help in the garden, harvesting the last of your edibles or digging up spent plants.
Brrr! Less daylight means the days grow colder. Here are some easy activities for when you want to stay in and get warm.
- Cwtch up on the sofa and watch your favourite spooky film. Don’t use this as a chance to look at your phone!
- Invite some friends and family over for a tasty winter warmer.
- Make a vegan pumpkin pie or a hot apple pie smoothie.
- Practice knitting a scarf or make some melty crayon hot rocks.
I love reading with my children and probably don’t do it nearly often enough. Use this time to really treasure them. Read your children a story, or take turns reading it.
- Wakey, Wakey, Big Brown Bear by Tracey Corderoy is about a group of animal friends who are worried that their friend, the Big Brown Bear, has gone to sleep for the Autumn. They try everything to wake him up – with adorable results.
- Leaf Man is a gorgeous book by Lois Ehlert. A man made of leaves blows away and goes wherever the wind blows him.
- The Foggy Foggy Forest by Nick Sharratt. The forest is foggy. It’s foggier than foggy. Look through the trees and try to guess what is in the foggy, foggy forest.
- The Scarecrow’s Wedding by Julia Donaldson. A harvest-time story with glorious rhymes and a wonderful rhythm. Scarecrows Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are getting married, but the evil Reginald Rake has other ideas…
- Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher. Gorgeously illustrated, this story tells the tale of a little girl, her cat, and the light of the harvest moon.
- The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley. Isaac the hedgehog spends most of his time alone. One day, an apple falls out of a tree and gets stuck on his spines. Who will help him?
- Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. Cat, Duck and Squirrel live near a pumpkin patch and make pumpkin soup every day. Cat slices up the pumpkin, Squirrel stirs in the water and Duck tips in the salt to make perfect pumpkin soup. What happens when Duck wants to stir the soup?
What have you got going on this half term? Let me know in the comments!