Keeping Kids Learning During Half Term

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Half terms can be hard on parents. If you are a working parent, you have to find the right childcare or arrange for the right time off. If you are a parent who stays in the home, you’ll be scrambling for ideas of what to do for the week! It’s not easy, trying to entertain children for more than an afternoon if they’re not used to being at home anymore. The best thing to do is plan ahead, not only with finances, but with a list of activities your kids love to do.
By sitting together as a family and having a chat about the fun things you all love to do, you can make a plan of what you could get up to in a half term holiday week from school. Half the battle is making sure you pick activities and games that keep the kids learning. Educational trips, such as days out at museums, are one such activity all kids love to do. You can then plan out packed lunch picnics, train times, routes if driving and ways to keep children entertained during transit. If you manage it, you could take the whole family on a holiday somewhere beautiful, like Gower Peninsula in Wales.

Before going on your little jaunt, you could make a list of things to do in Gower in the area, from the cultural to the simply enjoyable and there are plenty of activities you could choose together to aim to complete by the end of the holiday. Some such activities are as follows:
  • Doctor Who fans in the family will love the fact that Rhossili Bay was featured in one of the episodes. Not only that, it’s the best beach in Britain and has been voted as such!
  • Visiting Clyne Gardens is a great day out and by creating games cards, you can do counting and colours with the kids to make it educationally exciting.
  • Take yourselves up to Oystermouth Castle, which sits majestically on the hills of The Mumbles. With a maze, medieval art graffiti and views over Swansea Bay from a 30ft high glass bridge, you’ll never regret it. With all the family involved, you could bring a picnic with you to sit together for a homemade lunch.
  • If you love to show the kids a little wildlife, head to Gower Peninsula and the surrounding beaches. Crabbing in totally unspoilt beach surf is fantastic fun for kids. Don’t forget the buckets and spades: sandcastle building contests are ALWAYS fun and should be on the agenda of any beach day out or family holiday.
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Keeping kids learning when they’re outside the classroom is as important as when they’re in the classroom. Doing all this on a holiday to Wales will mean they gain a little appreciation on one of the areas of outstanding natural beauty in the UK. Physical and alternative education is all about experience and by making your children have those experiences, they’ll have a wider educational base. Classroom learning is great, but make some mud pies and you get a different kind of education!

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