Not every child is lucky enough to be joining us at our Huntingdon camp this half term. But fear not, for we have ideas to keep the whole family happy and entertained.
Barracudas activity day camps are renowned for their range of sporty and artistic activities. We’re experts in bringing the fun, so our five tips are just the thing to brighten the October half term holidays.
Remember that museum that you always seemed to end up in over a wet holiday weekend when you were a child? Dig deep into that memory – it was probably you that dragged the parents along, and not vice versa.
Ask yourself what the best five things about that museum were? (Mine had a fantastic display of medieval armour, models of ships built at the local yard, an Egyptian sarcophagus, a Salvador Dali painting, and – best of all – a gift shop. No, really, a gift shop!)
So have you got your list together? Write out a copy for each child and offer a prize for the first to find all five objects when you take them to your favourite museum. They’ll have to pay a bit more attention to the exhibits if they really want to win – and they’ll get distracted along the way.
Bonus: you get to stroll down memory lane. (Although having crispy pancakes for tea might be a step too far).
Branch out into art
Head off to the park and keep an eye out for the best of the autumn leaves – and get collecting for a fun October half term holidays activity that young kids will love.
Once you’ve got home, cover up the kitchen table, dry off the leaves, look out some white paper, and pour some poster paint. Then carefully dip a leaf or leaves in your favourite colours and print that leaf shape on the paper.
Give it a few minutes to dry while you dig out the felt tips. Here’s where your little ones can let their imaginations run wild, turning leaves into the wings of magical beasts, the bodies of grizzly bears or the comedy nose of a cuddly clown.
Raise some dough
Why not make a mess over half term – and learn a skill at the same time.
Give bread-making a go. Your little ones will love getting their hands dirty just as much as they’ll love eating bread that’s still warm from the oven.
500g strong white flour; 7g packet active dry yeast, a tablespoon of sugar, half teaspoon of salt, 300ml tepid water, four tablespoons of oil
Place the water, sugar, oil and yeast in a jug and stir well.
Place the flour in a large baking bowl and mix through the salt with your hands. Make a well in the centre.
Pour the liquid into the flour and bring it together with a fork. Scatter flour on the worktop then get those clean hands into the blow and gather the mixture together.
Get kneading. You’ll need to pull and twist and bash that dough for a good 10 minutes – so take it in turns. It’s a great stress reliever, trust me!
Then place the dough in a clean, floured bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm spot in the kitchen until the dough has doubled in size.
Tip the dough on to a floured surface and knock it back – that means another quick knead. Cut the dough into three equal balls, roll out into equal-sized worms, and figure out who’s best at braiding. (TIP – do the braid on the greased backing tray you’ll be putting in the oven.) Then cover the dough with cling film again and set aside for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 220C. Uncover the dough and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool on a cooling rack until the aroma of fresh-baked bread drives you all wild. Careful not to burn your fingers!
We love a theme day at Barracudas activity day camps. It’s half term so Halloween is just around the corner – and that means it’s pumpkin time.
Believe it or not, there are plenty of places where you can pick your own. So get on Google, get in the car and head off for a day exploring the countryside.
Why not round it off by doing some designs of just how you’ll carve that monster gourd – and chatting through what this year’s trick-or-treating outfits will be, making that dash to the supermarket a little less fraught and a whole lot less last-minute.
Get some popcorn in the microwave, pull the curtains, dim the lights and snuggle up on the couch for a family movie night.
You don’t have to go buying a new DVD – just fetch one of those films you all love. Disney classics go down a treat, with Pixar popular with everyone, too. And when all else fails, Spielberg.
So cuddle up and have a laugh together. It’s the perfect way to round off a chilly autumn day.
If this isn't enough to keep them (and you) entertained this half term, why not get creative for Halloween with these fab pumpkin carving ideas?