8 Cool and Thrifty Half Term Activities

Thrifty half term doesn’t have to be boring

If you haven’t heard ‘Mum, Dad I’m bored’ already this half term I’m sure it’s not far away. Preempt the cries of boredom with my list of thrifty half term activities that are both fun and light on the old pockets too!

 

Pyjamas & Duvet Film Day

Ok, so as a good parent you won’t want them spending the entire half term holiday in bed. But maybe in the first couple of days you can turn a blind eye, get the duvets downstairs, keep the PJs and onesies on and chill out with a DVD day. Grab some make your own popcorn and get the kids to make it.

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Pyjama film days are also handy if the good old British weather has wiped a day out with rain!

 

 

 

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Arts and Crafts

Mother’s day and Easter are just around the corner. What more excuse do you need to get the creative juices flowing and get the arts and crafts materials out? Keep an eye out for our Easter / Mother’s Day card and gift ideas this week.

 

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Maybe take a nice walk, take along some paper and pencils etc. and find a nice picturesque spot to draw / paint some lovely pieces of art.

 

 

 

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Pimp My Wellies

Let’s face it, they are going to get a lot more use out of them before summer arrives.

 

 

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Why not spend a few hours playing ‘Pimp My Wellies’.

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Let them be as creative as they like and then take them for a test run. You could have given birth to the next top designer and not even realised it yet!   

 

 

Baking

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Why not hold your own Great British Bake Off? You could even go the whole hog and get them helping out making the tea for a day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

castle

Visit a castle

There are over 40 to choose from so there must be one within reach of your local area.

 

 

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They are a great family day out, cheap or free to enter and nothing is better to get a child’s imagination flowing. Take a leisurely stroll around why they run themselves into an early bed!

 

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Geocaching

Geocaching is an any day, any time adventure that can take you to amazing and beautiful places. You may even discover something new in your own local town that you’ve never been, or even heard about before.

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Download the intro app and set off on the world’s biggest treasure hunt. Give it a blat for a couple of days and if you think it is something you will use regular then download the chargeable version. At £7.99, it is quite pricey as far as apps are concerned, so if you want to cut costs maybe just download the app to your phone and let the kids guide you from it. If nothing else it will get them out in the fresh air exercising rather than sat around a games console.

 

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Family Bike Ride

Get the bikes out and get yourself off on a nice bike ride. Good to get the blood pumping in the fresh air. You could also combine it with the Geocaching idea above.

 

Car Boot Sale

Could you do with a clear out after Christmas? Combine cleaning their room with selling some stuff at a Car Boot Sale so they can make some extra money to spend over the holidays.

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An easier sell for you on the whole cleaning thing, plus it’s lighter on your pocket if they can make a few quid to spend.

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David Naylor is the editor of the Thinking Thrifty blog. He is a frugal, nifty thrifty money saver. He is also a contributor to Clear Debt, ICOUNT Money and M1 Debt Advice blogs offering financial tips and advice.
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