10 Things to do with Children (in the school holidays)

1. Clean sensory messy play

Wait, you can’t have clean messy play! Oh yes you can!

You will need:

  • A4 artist canvas (or bigger)
  • Paints
  • Cling film
  • Sellotape

Squeeze paint onto canvas, various colours in small amounts. Apply cling film over canvas, rotate and fix at back with sellotape.

You should now have a leak proof mess free fingerprinting exercise.

2. Visit an Aquarium.

My children love the aquarium. We try to go when it’s quiet or when they are holding ASD friendly events.

We took the children during October half term to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings. It’s a small Aquarium but one of the better ones we’ve been to.

I’ve chosen this as opposed to other attractions as it’s really just a huge sensory room. The bubbles, lights different sounds all combined make it a really cool sensory experience.

3. Go to the park.

I know this might seem like a cliche, but with a lot of parents and children preoccupied with computers, iPad and the TV most parks are usually empty in comparison to how packed they used to be when i was growing up. We have had some great days out at the park, even in the wet! Plus Finn can run all of his energy off.

4. Go on a Bear Hunt/Treasure hunt

5. Take a train journey & play travel bingo

Click here to download our Travel Bingo

Playing eye spy and engaging your children in exploring their environment while getting from A to B could make the journey pass a lot quicker. It also allows them to explore sensations, sights and encourage them to compete to be the first to complete their bingo sheet

6. Ice play

Freeze some toys, put the block on a table outside and let them play with it!

Photo borrowed from here

7. Make Goo! (or fart putty)

You will need:

  • Pva Glue (we found pva works better than uhu, or clear glue)
  • Food Colouring
  • Aldi Almat Laundry Gel
  • Container to mix in

Add PVA to container and add food colouring to the desired colour. Add small amounts of the laundry gel, to the desired effect. mix with a spoon or stick. then knead for about a minute until it doesn’t stick to you any more.

8. Bake some bread in a bag

9. Visit the free museums

The main museums in London and surrounding areas are free. We usually hit the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, National Maritime Museum and a few of the other ones. All ask for a donation for entry but it isn’t essential (you don’t HAVE to pay to get in but any donation goes to the running costs of the museum). There are also free galleries and museums up and down the country.

We recently visited the Turner Contemporary in Margate and the Horniman Museum inĀ Forest Hill.

10. Board Games

Rainy days suck when the kids are off. Mine get cabin fever so quickly and will never play together, unless we get out the old faithful! Monopoly is a great one for us. We have several versions of it. What gets the kids going more than anything is that we were able to customise our own game. One of the children got the My Monopoly game which allows you to print off and customise each element of the game. This makes it so much more enjoyable.



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