Half-term – Things to keep you busy

The schools engagement team at the University of Northampton have sent us the following information about activities that can be done at this time. Might be useful for over the half-term.

Activities outside

Encourage your family to find a new walk in their local area!


Interested in gardening? Want to do your bit to make your local area look more appealing?

There’s a nature crisis in the UK – and around the world. Plants and animals in our own backyards are under serious threat – a massive 40% of species are in steep decline in the UK alone.

The good news is that you and your family can help by  becoming Backyard Nature Guardians! By helping plants and animals in your own backyard, you will help protect the planet for the future. FREE resources and FUN missions to get involved in.  Nature needs you. Are you in?


Cycling in Northamptonshire

Cycle routes, maps and useful local information for Northants.


Get outdoors – 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾  (3 x PDF’s below)




The National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ activity programme encourages children to get out in the fresh air and become closer to nature, and take notice of the environment around them through outdoor activities all year round, whatever the weather! Many of the outdoor activities can be done at home and in your garden.  Have a go at this bird checklist and see what you can spot out of your window or at the local park; create your own outdoors ‘nature’ band or create some wild art!

Virtual experiences and things to do inside

Science of the Sea at Home – National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Mixture of short films on the website and a live workshop Friday 19th Feb, 11am

Explore short films, stories and photos about aliens and deep space. Find out interesting facts, watch science demonstrations and unearth the incredible links between space and our oceans.  At the end of the week on Friday, join the team from Explorer Dome for a FREE live online show.  There’s plenty of time for a Q&A with Explorer Dome’s resident space elf too.


Superhero drawing workshop – Weds 17th February

Create a superhero with special powers to fight off baddies in the hospital in this fun drawing workshop for all the family.

Led by a professional illustrator and scientists from Imperial College London, we’ll be creating awesome hospital superheroes where you get to imagine and draw their special powers, like germ-zapping and healing super-strength.


Get creative with beatboxing sounds, rhythms and movements in a free online workshop through

the Victoria and Albert Museum in London – Weds 17th February

Get creative with beatboxing sounds, rhythms and movements. Bring your ideas together and draw your own music with images and colours inspired by the forthcoming Epic Iran exhibition.

11.00 event for 5-7 year olds and 14.00 for 7-12 year olds. If your family group spans both, please book the time that suits you.

Please note you only need to book one place per household.

V&A · Families Online Performance Workshop: Beatboxing And Art (vam.ac.uk)

Bringing London Zoo to you!

ZSL Explorers Spring 2020

We’ve attached ZSL’s kids’ magazine (above), packed with animal activities, wild facts, puzzles, word searches and surprises from the animal kingdom. Keep your little ones excited by the weird and wonderful world of wildlife. Lots of other puzzles, quizzes and things to do on the website.


Daily wellbeing tasks (PDF above)

Inspire your children to look after themselves, and think of others, with this terrific resource from TES.


One thought on “Half-term – Things to keep you busy

  • 12th February 2021 at 11:41 am

    Lovely Ideas, just registered for drawing event.


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