10 Ideas for Outdoor Half Term Activities
It may feel like the summer holidays have only just finished, but there’s another school break just around the corner. Now’s the time to come up with exciting October half term activities to keep the kids entertained. And let’s face it – winter is on its way, so you want to get them out the house as much as possible while you can.
So we thought we’d help you work out what to do this half term by pulling together our top 10 list of outdoor activities for kids:
1. Build a Brilliant Den
Drag the recycling into the garden and build a den from cardboard boxes, sheets and tape. Or head down to your local woods and use fallen branches and string. Whichever you choose, one thing is for sure, the need for creativity and problem solving makes this one of the best outdoor family activities to really get you working together. Search den building for children on YouTube for simple but effective ideas.
2. Hunt For a Cache
Do your little ones like going on a treasure hunt? Then geocaching could be the answer. When it comes to outdoor games for kids it doesn’t get much more exciting than this. Using GPS, players can search for containers hidden all over the world. There might even be one near you right now! They can then ‘log’ that they’ve visited, and swap any little souvenirs that they may find. Sign up at www.geocaching.com to get started. But be warned – once you’ve found one this could take over all of your half term days out!
3. Climb a Tree
Climbing trees, apart from being loads of fun, is a great way for kids to learn to take calculated risks. So stick on some old clothes and sturdy shoes and head off to your local park to see who can climb the highest. Great exercise for everyone, and one of those classic outdoor activities for kids that never gets old.
4. Organise a Mini Sports Afternoon
Invite some friends along to the park and organise a mini Olympics. You could set up running races, three-legged races and even egg and spoon. Or if that sounds too hard, arrange five-a-side football with jumpers for goals. Throw in some cheap medals for the winners and cut oranges for half time, and you’ve got half term activities they’ll still be talking about when they return to school.
5. Set Up an Autumn Hunt
But what about when you have things to do in half term and you want to get the kids out from under your feet? Give them a list of autumn things to find and then send them out into the garden. First one back with everything wins a prize. What’s on the list will depend on what’s available in your garden, but requesting specific coloured items works well, as does certain textures, i.e. find something soft.
6. Visit Your Local National Trust Property
The National Trust has been doing more and more for kids in recent times and many of their properties are advertising exciting things to do in October half term. From spooky Halloween storytelling to nature-inspired craft activities there’s bound to be kids’ half term activities at an NT property near you. October half term days out don’t get much better – check out their events across the country.
7. Make a Leaf Labyrinth
For one of the most a-‘maze’-ing things to do in half term with the kids, look no further than your own back garden. Before you get out and rake up all those fallen autumn leaves, why not set the kids a challenge? Ask them to use long piles of leaves to create a maze so hard that even you can’t crack it. Combining fun outdoor activities with creativity, we guarantee this’ll keep them occupied for hours. And they might even help you to rake up the leaves afterwards.
8. Go on a Penny Hike
If you’re looking for free things to do with kids in half term in a town or city, why not try a penny hike? Borrowed from the scouts, this is a great way to get out and about and do some exercise. The rules are simple. Every time you come to a junction you toss a coin to decide which way to go. You’ll be amazed at where you end up. Why not split into two teams and see who can go the furthest?
9. Sleep Under The Stars
If you’re feeling adventurous (and the weather is kind!) why not give the kids a real half term treat? Arrange a night out under the stars micro camping. This doesn’t have to be anywhere far away. It could be as simple as putting up a small tent in the garden, and cuddling up together under duvets and blankets. It’s not about getting away, it’s about doing something surprising and spontaneous together, and giving the kids half term activities to remember.
10. Go for a Hike – Whatever The Weather
If the worst happens and it rains all week, why not get out there and embrace it anyway? Get the kids’ wet weather gear sorted and go on a hike. With wellies and waterproofs you might even enjoy a bracing walk in the wind and rain. And at least it will get rid of some of that pent up energy and give you the excuse for a nice big hot chocolate when you get home.
When you’re looking for things to do with kids, half term might seem like it’s coming upon us quickly. But we hope we’ve inspired you with some fun outdoor games for kids and other things to do over half term. Now we just have to keep our fingers crossed the weather holds out.