Half-term inspiration and rainy day activities

It’s nearly time for half term! The coldest, drizzliest part of the school year is almost over, and we’ve got a week to recuperate without the daily demands of the school run. It is still February though, so you’re going to need some ideas to keep the kids occupied inside when it’s too chilly and wet to go outside – here are a few suggestions we’ve come up with for you at Scholastic HQ.

Get baking

There are few more satisfying activities than an afternoon spent baking – and what better way to get children excited about the books they’re reading than by making them feel that they’re living a part of the story?

To start with, why not make some of these jam-filled ‘Eat Me’ cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland? Or, for a really easy recipe, why not be inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and have a go at Veruca Salt’s Salted Caramel Walnut Clusters? This one comes with a video your children can watch as they make them, too.

Fancy dress

Fancy dress is always fun and, with World Book Day coming up, there’s no better time to brush up on your costume-making skills. We’re using the outfits in Nick Sharratt’s Fancy Dress Jungle for inspiration. Why not get your children to choose their favourite children’s book character, and go from there?

Drawing, colouring and more

There’s no better failsafe rainy-day activity than drawing and colouring. Whether they’re into dragons, zoo animals or fashion, we’ve got plenty of colouring books, kits and pencil sets on offer for you to explore.

Inspired by the Lollies Awards

The Lollies Award shortlist has been announced, and we’ve got twelve brilliantly funny books just waiting for you to discover them. To help make the story last that bit longer, we’ve got a great collection of free colouring and activity sheets ready for you to print and complete with your children over half term.

And finally (of course), read brilliant books! We’ve also put together a list of perfect half-term reads for you (coming soon to the blog) – and we’ve made sure there’s something for every age group.

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