Indoor and Outdoor February Half-Term Activities 2020

February half-term is upon us. It’s cold, it’s grey and it might seem like there are limited options for half-term activities. Or at least that’s what you might think before you read this article.

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We’ve put together a list of simple, but fun (and cheap) indoor and outdoor February half-term activities you can do with the kids regardless of the world corner you call home!

1. Visit a farm

As a general rule of thumb, a farm visit can and should be a fun and engaging time for most kids. Besides getting to cuddle rabbits and pet sheep, visiting a farm can also be an educational experience. 

Visiting a farm can teach kids to appreciate nature, the source of their foods as well as learn about responsibility. Farming also teaches kids that hard work and dedication results in sweet rewards. In this case… literally!

If you are from the United Kingdom, you can find a farm to visit near you on Farming UK.

If you are from the United States,  you can find a farm near you on Farm Stays US.

2. Make a cookie bird feeder and hang it!

This has been a favourite to do among the parents here at Tech Will Save Us. It is a great way to get your kids engaged with wildlife and help our feathered friends through the harsh months of winter!

Tech Will Save Us parents recommend using this tutorial below for best results:

Don’t worry, this works even if you don’t have a garden. All it needs is a branch to hang it on and you’re all set.

3. Make your own Forest Story!

Suitable for Ages 4-6:

Sticking with the nature theme of the previous two activities, why not make your own Forest Story using the new Electro Dough Story kit?

Using the Forest Scene pop-out, your child can build & play out their own story, from world and character building to story-telling. 

This activity will also teach them how electricity and electrical circuits work as they use them to bring their story to life. The Electro Dough Story Kit also helps develop creativity, story-telling, verbal and motor skills.

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Find this project on Club Make or choose from dozens of other Electro Dough projects like making a Spring Nest, some super cute bunnies and more.

If you don’t own the kit already, you can find it here.

4. Customise your bikes and take them for a ride!

Suitable for ages 7+

A perfect combination of indoor and outdoor. With this activity, children can learn about wireless electricity as well as get some exercise in when they take their new and improved bikes out for a test ride!

The Light Racer kit lets kids build their own bike lights and learn about capacitors, wireless coils and the extraordinary power of wireless technology. 

Besides making your bikes look MEGA COOL, you can also do some easy science experiments with the Light Racer. Try seeing how electricity travels through different materials or learn how to capture an electrical field with the step-by-step tutorials on Club Make.

If you don’t already have the Light Racer Kit you can get it here.

Tech Will Save Us Light Racer Learning Experience 3

5. Go to an Escape Room… or make your own!

Suitable for any age.

There’s no denying it, escape rooms are fun for both the kids and adults in the family. They’re exciting and great bonding-times for families. In addition, escape rooms also help kids develop their problem-solving and logical skills.

 The popularity of Escape Rooms has increased over the years, so there is a guarantee you’ll find one close to your home. 

But, here’s the twist that saves you money. You can also make your own Escape Room at home by following a few simple steps. What you need to start making your Escape Room is:

  • A theme – all great Escape Rooms have a theme!
  • Locks and locking boxes – these are to hide your clues in. (You can use the BBC micro:bit and micro:craft to create your own safety box for this activity)
  • Puzzles – to have a successful Escape Room you need to create some puzzles
  • Good Hiding Places – You don’t want those puzzle pieces to be very easily found! 

If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend using this in-detail guide from Lock Paper Scissors on how to make them so you can get straight to making.

6. Design a game, or two!

Suitable for ages 6+

If you combine their love for video-games with hands-on play and learning to code, you’d probably get our Arcade Coder.

The Arcade Coder is a great games console that lets kids design and code their very own games in the Games Studio iOS app.  They then watch them come to life in the real world on their Arcade Coder.

Kids learn how to code using block-coding and sprites; they also learn about game design, world mechanics and the principles of animation.

But enough with the learning outcomes. Half-term is supposed to also be about fun, right?! Well, there are some pretty sweet ones here! 

For one, you’ll never lose your board game dice again after completing the Dice project. Kids also get to create digital paintings and then animate them to tell a story. Or, for those of you with resident pro-gamers, they can also make new games from scratch.

PLUS, there are some new ready-to-play games such as Asteroid Dodger and a new and improved Snake version waiting to be enjoyed straight out of the box! 

If you don’t have it already you can get it from here.

7. When in doubt, choose micro:bit!

Micro:bit’s versatility and variety of projects make for the perfect February half-term activity. At least we think so! 

You can find tons of projects on Club Make you can do using the micro:bit alone or in combination with its extension kits for more complex makes. 

Start by making a simple step-counter to take with you when going for a stroll in the park and progress to making robots, table football goals, security boxes (which you can use for your Escape Room), morse phones and more!

If you don’t already have the micro:bit and its extension kits you can find them here.

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8. Explore future technology in a hands-on way!

What will the future look like? There’s no sure-fire answer, but one thing’s for sure. Wearables, AI, robotics and more will all be part of the picture. 

This February half-term and beyond, inspire your child with projects from Future Inventors Club about the tech that will shape the future, starting with Wearables in the first month. 

With the Wearables drop, kids learn how to use the BBC micro:bit as a smart electronic device. Make smart shoes, and a smartwatch or even a smart helmet!

Learn more about the Future Inventors Club subscription here. You can also get the Wearables drop free this half-term!

9. Do Your Bit with Micro:bit!

We’re ending our list of 10 activities for half-term on a high note. If you haven’t heard, the BBC micro:bit Educational Foundation has partnered with UNICEF and The Global Goals to challenge children and teens to combine creativity and technology in solutions for the Global Goals in this year’s Do Your Bit challenge.

We love this initiative and we think it is a great way to get kids exposed to the Global Goals and what they are as well as encourage them to let their creativity roam free for the greater good. 

The competition ends on the 28th of February so there’s still time to submit your entry, but regardless of whether you enter or not this is a wonderful half-term activity. 

Plus, the resources on the Do Your Bit page gives you all you need to discover and learn about the Global Goals with your children. In the comfort of your home!

We hope this list of ideas for activities to do with children will help make your February half-term exciting, full of fun and learning! If you have any other ideas or plans this half-term we’d love to hear about them. You can find us across social media using @techwillsaveus.

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