Tomorrow is the start of May half term. And if you're stuck for things to entertain your children, we’ve come up with a few simple ideas to get you started:
1. Go on a bike ride
Children love exploring so why not dust your bikes off and head out to your nearest cycle path or woods for an afternoon, come rain or shine. If there’s puddles then even better! Sustrans is a great starting point if you need a bit of help finding great cycle paths near you - www.sustrans.org.uk
2. Get baking
Whether you decide to bake a cake with your children or something savoury, they will love the interaction, learn a little about cooking, and the best bit for them will be tasting their creations. www.parenting.com is a fantastic website if you’re looking for some tasty child friendly recipes.
3. Fly a kite
This idea is the most simple one of all (once you’ve mastered kite flying that is!), but children have so much fun trying to steer and keep the kite in the air for as long as possible. Why not tie it in with a picnic in the park, weather permitting? Kids just love being outdoors. If you need to brush up on your kite flying skills, take a look at www.wikihow.com for some handy tips. Make your very own personalised kite at Leigh Woods in Bristol and have some kite flying fun on Thursday 2nd June. Discover more - www.nationaltrust.org.uk
4. Get creative with arts and crafts
As much as we’d like it to be, not every day during the holidays will be sunny and dry. So that’s where an arts and crafts box can be a bit of a lifesaver on those dull, rainy days. From painting and modelling to paper fun, there’s so much you can encourage your children to get creative with. www.netmums.com has an abundance of crafty ideas to get you started.
5. Visit a museum
Do some research into museums near you and find out if they have any interesting exhibitions coming up. That way, when it’s tipping it down with rain and the kids are climbing the walls, you have somewhere to go! Britain Express has an A-Z list of museums in England so it’s worth taking a look for some inspiration - www.britainexpress.com