Half Term Haven

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January flies by with a blink of an eye and suddenly the whole family is back into a routine likely to be made up of packing lunches, the dreaded school run, after school clubs and evenings spent counting down the minutes to some peace and quiet.

Despite the blustery weather outside February does have a few things to offer such as Pancake Day, Valentine’s Day and of course February Half Term! We understand that entertaining little ones for a whole week can be a challenge so we’re here to help with some ideas to create your very own #HalfTermHaven


Meet two of our resident Mummy Bloggers, Emma and Rachel:

Emma Vanstone – Science Sparks/ Mummy, Mummy, Mum!

Emma is a busy mum to three and runs two blogs; Science Sparks and Mummy, Mummy, Mum! Emma has a degree in Microbiology and Virology which she uses to share exciting activities that make Science fun for kids.


Rachel Neal – Blogging Mummy

Rachel is a mummy to two boys, born May 2011 and September 2014. Blogging Mummy was originally set up to document the achievements of her little man. Now that bubs has come along the blog also documents their journey with Congenital Hypothyroidism.


We asked them some questions about how they keep their little ones entertained during the Half Term break…


What is your first thought when you realise February Half Term is approaching?

“My first thought is always how nice it will be to rush around less, followed by a
panic about how I will get my work done with the kids around and give them a
great Half Term break at the same time. I’m very lucky that I can work from
home around the children, but it can make holidays a little stressful.” – Emma

“My first thought is actually excitement at getting to spend every full day with my eldest son. I then worry about things I am going to do to keep him
entertained.” Rachel


We recommend Sophie’s Seashell Scramble, fun for all of the family!


How far in advance do you usually plan what you will be doing during the week?

“If we’re planning on doing a tennis or swimming course I plan that about a month ahead, play dates with friends usually about a week ahead or very spur of the moment on the day.” – Emma

“I am very organised and make sure I plan about 2 weeks in advance, although planning can be hard sometimes with the unpredictable weather in the UK.” -Rachel


We recommend: Primary Science Magnifier and Tweezer Set!


What sort of things do you usually do to keep the little ones entertained?

“I always have lots of craft materials around for ad hoc projects, and generally
have a long list of science experiments to try, but we usually get sidetracked
into going to the park or out for day trips with friends. I sometimes buy my 8
year old a new book and my daughters some stationary or a magazine so they can entertain themselves for a while too.” – Emma

“I always make sure we have a selection of indoor and outdoor activities planned. We love going for a walk around our local Country Park, Games days, crafts days, bowling, cinema and soft play. I usually ask my son what he would like to do as well. If there is something in particular he would like to do I make sure we fit this into the schedule.”  -Rachel



We recommend Hot Dots®, ideal for independent learning!


What’s your favourite activity to do during Half Term?

“At home, I love to do anything creative with them. It’s always good to have a big cardboard box around in the holidays as that keeps my girls occupied for hours. Outside the house we love to find an open area with lots of trees to climb. Everyone is happy after getting some fresh air and it means we can take the rest of the day a bit easier knowing we’ve been outside.” – Emma

“Crafts and games days. We absolutely love making things and painting and Little Man especially loves playing games and making jigsaws.” – Rachel


We recommend Playfoam®, perfect for mess free play!


We hope this helps to create your very own #HalfTermHaven at home. Enjoy the week, we’d love to hear how you got on!