The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

08th October 2017

The cold weather is upon us and, whether you home-educate full time or your children attend school… being indoors a lot can become a little claustrophobic feeling. Not to mention the children soon start bouncing off of the walls...

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

08th October 2017

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

08th October 2017

So, we’ve put together a list of fun and free/cheap activities to enjoy in your own home or locally. Inspiration for those long and snuggly days ahead, for the whole family to enjoy together.

  1. Collect different leaves and make an autumn collage
  2. Learn to make jams and chutneys
  3. Read about seasonal vegetables and get the kids to help choose recipes that incorporate them
  4. Build a fort with bedsheets
  5. Rescue a cat from a local shelter
  6. Make your own water kefir
  7. Make your own Halloween decorations: Paper chains, paper bunting, doily webs…
  8. Make your own Halloween masks
  9. Prune the garden plants, learn about how this helps them to grow back stronger in the spring
  10. Make hot chocolate and snuggle
  11. Learn about the rich history of Halloween
  12. Pick up a cheap pumpkin carving kit and perfect your techniques
  13. Learn about the rich history of Thanksgiving and host your own
  14. Collect pinecones and learn about their weather predicting potential
  15. Check out your local cinema for kids’ weekend shows from just 50 pence per ticket
  16. Play dinner table football with a piece of scrunched up paper and two halves of a shoe box
  17. I-Spy! For younger children, using phonetics instead of letters is also a great way to learn about reading
  18. Collect chestnuts and start a conker match
  19. Set up an official trick-or-treating agreement in your neighbourhood – great for community spirit
  20. Make a scarecrow
  21. Visit a local fireworks display
  22. Weave an autumn loom with sticks, wool and all of your autumn treasures
  23. Put your coat and wellies on and splash in some muddy puddles
  24. Have a good pre-christmas clearout and learn about charitable giving
  25. Make your own Christmas cards
  26. Build a snowman
  27. Make your own Christmas tree decorations
  28. Pick up some photo frames in a charity shop, decorate them and give as gifts
  29. Try out some taster sessions for classes in your area
  30. Learn to sew/knit
  31. Make your own kombucha
  32. Toast some marshmallows on a bonfire
  33. Make a family tree
  34. Download a movie maker and make your own stop motion film with your play-doh creations
  35. Enjoy a Christmas movie marathon, complete with popcorn
  36. Play pictionary
  37. Set up a scavenger hunt
  38. Make a puppet theatre
  39. Stage your own nativity play
  40. Bake and decorate a Christmas gingerbread house centrepiece
  41. Walk around your neighbourhood looking at everyone’s Christmas decorations
  42. Trace silhouettes and decorate them
  43. Learn about the rich history of Christmas
  44. Make snow angels
  45. Make winter garden decorations for your newly bare garden
  46. Fondue party!
  47. Make your own bird feeder with string, a pinecone, some peanut butter and bird seeds
  48. Freeze water balloons and use them for outdoor bowling
  49. Learn about the rich history of Hogmanay
  50. Collect photographs of the past year and make a family annual – maybe even make it a tradition


Article by Leanne Patrick

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