School holiday activities: Fun things to do with the kids this Easter

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School holiday activities: Fun things to do with the kids this Easter

Here’s our bumper guide of free (or very cheap!) things to do with the kids over half term

The school holidays are here and we’re sure the kids are excited to have lie ins, watch a LOT of TV and of course they get some time off school (we’re SO jealous of them).

But if you don’t want your kids staying in all day we’ve created a bumper list of free DIY activities, Netflix movies, and more for you and the kids to get stuck into when you've run out of your own ideas..

FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO AT HOME: 10 FUN DIY CRAFT PROJECTS

1) Make a paper toy windmill

2) Make some emoji slime

3) Make a paper vase

4) Make a dollhouse

5) Make a sock monkey

6) Make a pirate hat

7) Make a Thunderbirds Tracy Island toy

8) Make a toy stables

9) Make a kite

10) Make a suncatcher

10 SCHOOL HOLIDAY RECIPES: DO SOME BAKING WITH THE KIDS!

2) Rainbow Ice Cream Sandwich

3) Apple & Dates Milkshake

4) Homemade Fruit Rollups

5) Banana Bites

6) Breakfast Quesadillas

7) Veggie Nuggets

8) Super-Easy No-Bake Cookies

9) Cheesy Pizza Bites

10) Frozen Banana Pops

FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES: INSPIRING IDEAS TO KEEP THE KIDS BUSY

  1. Make a den, hanging bed sheets from clothes horses and the sofa, before snuggling up inside with books and hot chocolate.

  2. Have an egg and spoon race in the garden or over at the local park - just be sure to hard boil those eggs first!

  3. Climb a hill - and then roll down it!

  4. Go for a picnic; all you need are some sandwiches, a snack, a drink, and a blanket to sit on. You can even have it inside if the weather isn’t playing ball.

  5. Go for a family bike ride.

  6. Make a scrapbook together, using child-safe scissors, pritt sticks, and old magazines.

  7. Dig out your old board games and have an afternoon of indoor family fun; I Spy and a rousing game of charades are just as much fun if you don’t have any boardgames to hand!

  8. Look out some old party clothes and let your kids have fun dressing up; have them put on a fashion show or a play, for extra fun.

  9. Grab a football and head to the park for a kick-around!

  10. Play hide-and-seek or, if there are a lot of you, sardines; this is where ONE person hides, and everyone else searches for them. Once they’ve found them, they have to climb into the hiding place with them, leading to some very tight squeezes - hence the name!

  11. Organise a game of rounders with family and friends.

  12. Set up some paper and paints for your little ones, and have them unleash their creative side.

  13. Go and feed the ducks at your local pond.

  14. Throw an Unbirthday Party, complete with cake, balloons and party games; you can all take turns at blowing out the candles!

  15. Skim stones across a pond.

  16. Play Pooh Sticks at a nearby stream or river; all you have to do is each drop a stick on the upstream side of a bridge, and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner!

  17. Go on a walk and see if you can spot some snowdrops or spring crocuses.

  18. Toss a frisbee at your local park.

  19. Write a mini-movie together and film it on your phone; you can watch it later with some popcorn.

  20. Get some felt tips or crayons, pack up some sketchbooks, and go to the park; you can get your little ones to draw what they see!

Make sure everyone's wrapped up though as it's pretty chilly outside. Do you have any activities to add to the list?

TV GUIDE: KIDS & FAMILY MOVIES ON NETFLIX THIS EASTER HOLIDAY

1) Peppa Pig – Seasons 3 & 4

What’s the story?

Join plucky piglet Peppa and her family and friends for everyday adventures that prove there’s learning and laughter to be had anywhere you look.

Certificate?

U

2) Julie’s Greenroom

What’s the story?

Adorable puppets stage their own musical under the watchful eye of mentor Julie Andrews in this original kids’ series from the Jim Henson Company.

Certificate?

U

3) Buddy Thunderstruck

What’s the story?

Follow the outrageous, high-octane adventures of Buddy Thunderstruck, a truck-racing dog who brings guts and good times to the town of Greasepit.

Certificate?

PG

4) Dinotrux

What’s the story?

Half Dinosaur, half construction truck, full-on fun! Watch giant Ty Rux, his little buddy Revvit and the crew come face-to-face with evil D-Structs.

*Certificate?

U

5) Cinderella

What’s the story?

Fatherless Ella endures harsh treatment by her stepmother and stepsisters until a chance meeting with a stranger leads to a magical change in fortune.

Certificate?

U

6) Transformers: Robots in Disguise

What’s the story?

When a prison ship crash unleashes hundreds of Decepticons on Earth, Bumblebee leads a new Autobot force to protect humankind.

Certificate?

PG

7) Two By Two

What’s the story?

When two clumsy animals try to stow away on Noah’s Ark, they embark on a harrowing adventure to survive and find their place.

Certificate?

U

8) Power Rangers Dino Super Charge

What’s the story?

Just when you thought the Rangers’ mission was accomplished there’s an even more difficult challenge for them to face with the arrival of a new enemy.

Certificate?

G

9) Hook

What’s the story?

Peter Pan, the boy who wasn’t supposed to grow up, did just that. But vengeful Capt. Hook kidnaps Peter’s kids, forcing him to return to Neverland.

Certificate?

U

10) Postman Pat: The Movie

What’s the story?

Postman Pat’s dreams finally come true when he wins a national television talent contest and sets out on the road to stardom.

Certificate?

U

11) Annie

This adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America’s favourite urchin as she captures Daddy Warbuck’s heart with her unquenchable optimism.

Certificate?

PG

12) Matilda - Available from 19th April

What’s the story?

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this film sees Matilda, a young genius, navigate her mean parents and horrible principal whilst finding loyal friends and a kindhearted teacher.

Certificate?

PG

13) My Girl 2 - Available from 19th April

Vada Sultenfuss goes to LA to stay with her Uncle Phil to do some research on her mother's life, but finds more than she was expecting!

Certificate?

PG

13) Dawn of the Croods – Season 3

When Grug becomes the first leader of Ahhh! Valley, he must help solve the residents' many problems, including keeping out the food-stealing Broods.

Certificate?

U

13) The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show – Season 4 - Available from 21st April

Peabody and Sherman must defeat an evil cyborg and fix the course of history. Zaniness continues at the penthouse, and our heroes switch bodies!

Certificate?

PG

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