10 Activities You Can Do This Week!

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Now we have made it, I wanted to give you a few activities you can do over the half-term holiday to save your sanity and perhaps a few pounds, too!


So, here are 10 things you can do this October half-term!

1. Make some spooky Halloween crafts!

Cut out shapes from black sugar/construction paper to make bats, ghosts, and witches. Decorate with glitter, sequins, and other sparkly embellishments. This is a great low-prep activity and it works particularly well if you attach them to a string and make your very own Halloween bunting! 

2. Put on a Halloween fashion show!

 

Dress up in your favourite costumes and parade around the house or garden. Strike a pose and have someone take photos or videos of the fun! You’ll love looking back next year and seeing how much they’ve grown!

 
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Photo by @in_a_tuff_spot on Instagram

3. Go on a scavenger hunt for Halloween-themed items.

Make a list of things to look for, like pumpkins, leaves in fall colours, and spider webs. See who can find the most items in a set amount of time. If you are a Little Learning Hub member, you can access a done for you version of this ready to print at a moments notice inside your monthly activity resources.

 
4. Have a dance party to spooky/funky tunes!


Create a playlist of Halloween songs, or look for ones online. Put on your costumes and dance around the living room or garden. Why not choreograph some funky moves and let your kids put on a little show for you! If you have props lying around, like glow sticks, these can really take things to the next level!
 
5. Make some delicious Halloween or autumn-themed snacks!


Bake cookies in the shape of ghosts or pumpkins, or decorate cupcakes with orange and black icing. Serve up a spooky feast for everyone to enjoy. If you are short on time, simply grab some digestive biscuits, cover with white icing and add a few raisins as spooky eyes. Ready to go treats in seconds! Don’t forget, LLH members, you have your foolproof gingerbread recipe and icing recipe inside your activity dashboard!
 
6. Have a Halloween movie marathon!


Pop some popcorn and snuggle up with blankets and pillows to watch scary (or not-so-scary) movies all afternoon long. You could go to town making things like tickets (great mark-making to decorate your tickets ahead of time!), signs for your family cinema, close the blinds, grab a torch and escort your little ones to their designated seats.
 
7. Play some games!


Try out some traditional favourites like bobbing for apples, or make up your own rules for a game of hide-and-seek in the dark. Alternatively, you could blow an orange balloon and bat it back and forth to stop your ‘pumpkin’ from hitting the ground and smashing!
 
8. Make a haunted house!


Use furniture and other household items to create a spooky maze for people to navigate. Add in some scary sound effects for an extra frightful experience or put secret things to hide around the place. You could perhaps buy a few sweet treats and hide them around the ‘haunted’ house (a bit like an Easter egg hunt).
 

9. Go on a nature walk and look for signs of autumn.

 

Collect leaves, pine cones, and acorns to take home and use in your crafts or decorating. Take photos of the pretty colours you see along the way. Don’t forget, LLH members, you have your ready to go scavenger hunt resources that will make this a doddle!
 

Photo by @talia_trayplay on Instagram

10. Visit a pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve!

 

Bring it home and get creative with your carving – try out different faces or patterns. Arlo absolutely loves the roasted pumpkin seeds and this year we are going to make some soup, too! We also have our FREE pumpkin life cycle cards which are great to teach your child about where pumpkins come from. Grab yours here.
 
So, there you have it! Ten activity ideas to help you through this half term and make some amazing memories with your littles! I would really, really love to see what you get up to (truly, it would make my day to see your beautiful photos) so why not pop into our Facebook community or tag me on social media @LittleLearningHub.
 
Leave a comment and let me know which ones you are going to try out!

Arlo carving his pumpkin last year!

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