Phew, so the kids have all been back at school for a couple of weeks now, life has returned to normal and, what?! Half-term is already just around the corner?! [cue outright panic]
Never fear, OU is here to help you get prepared and ahead of the crowds. These split into two groups:
1. Do it yourself activities
2. Days' Out activities
Do it yourself activities
Making stuff for Halloween - cheap and easy ways to make Halloween go with a bang:
Plan a trip to the vegetable markets – an early start but such fun! Kids can choose their own pumpkin for an activity later on in the day/week. Plus it's educational too, as the kids see the all the different fruits, and the market hard at work....well before 9am!
Roast up the leftover pumpkin seeds to start the Halloween cooking with the kids and have to eat as snacks later; they are gorgeous fresh from the oven.
Kitchen peepers - Using old loo rolls or kitchen rolls, cut out eye shapes and put a glow stick in them for scary glowing eyes in the windows!
Scary trees - If you have a couple of white beach balls, blow them up and paint eyes on them with a black marker pen then put them in a tree as a pair of eyeballs.
Bloody windows - use childrens' waxy white glue along with red food colouring to make bloody hand prints which you can then stick to windows.
Ghost Garland - use your Christmas fairy lights (it’s worth getting them out now so you know how many bulbs need replacing before Christmas starts!), wrap them in white squares of linen, draw 3 dots to make a face, then tie for a ghost garland.
Halloween safety tips:
Use face paints rather than masks - masks obscure vision
Carry glow sticks or flashlights when trick or treating – more visibility for drivers
Decorate costumes with reflective tape and ribbon
Hem costumes - to avoid trips and falls.
Days' Out activities
Sometimes though, you can just run out of creative energy yourself, and need a little external helping hand. Here are a few suggestions
Ultimate Activity Camps – 24th-28th October running in Abingdon, Newbury, Oxford, Wallingford provides an exciting range of sport, art and games activities for children of all ages, from swimming and fencing to art and zorbing.
The Ashmolean Museum runs 'Little Ash Moles' - a programme specifically aimed at under 5s (check out their Saturday Ash-ventures). This year, the big attraction isthe celebraton of Diwali; create your own Rangoli patters and make a clay Diwali lamp.
The Story Museum has Julia Golding returning, by popular demand, for a spooky stories writing workshop on Saturday 24th October aimed at children aged 8-12 as well as lots of other half term projects and fun.
Or travel further afield go to London’s Hyde Park for a Hair Raising Halloween Discovery Day. Little ones can explore the witches den, make their way through a nature trail and create potions using herbs and plants from the garden. There will also be bat mask making and the chance to make a bat box to take home. Spaces are limited to avoid over-crowding.
Something different – jazz for kids at the Royal Albert Hall?
Leave the organisation to us
Organisation Unlimited. As the name suggests, that's what we do best – organise.
So, if you'd like to get ahead of the crowds, let us help arrange your Half Term activities – think how relaxed you'll feel when you're all ready and prepared!