9:27 am, Wednesday, 17th February 2021

Half-term lockdown activities

Read the full article from Parentkind – Lockdown Activity List to help keep children active during half-term.

The Children and Families Minister, Vicky Ford MP, has launched the Lockdown Activity List to provide activity ideas to keep primary-aged children engaged over the February half-term, all of which are free or low cost.  

The Department for Education is posting sharable Covid-friendly activity ideas on their Facebook and Instagram accounts throughout the week.

If you are promoting any activities or initiatives over the half-term, then you can share your posts with the hashtag #LockdownActivityList, or by using the special sticker ‘Lockdown Activity’ in your Instagram Stories, to be featured on the DfE’s social media channels. (Find them by searching the Instagram Story GIFS for ‘Lockdown Activity’!).

If you want the activities to be a surprise then don’t read on. If you’re curious and want to know what to expect see the list’s below.

Lockdown Activity List – checklist

[For children in Reception to Year 3]
  • Create a piece of art
  • Use your daily exercise to walk to a local landmark
  • Perform a song, dance or show for your household
  • Dress up in fancy dress
  • Do some baking – or make pancakes for your family!
  • Taste some food you’ve never tried before
  • Create your own song, film or comic strip
  • Hunt for insects or small creatures during your daily exercise – how many can you find?
  • Play a board game – or design and make your own
  • Learn to play a game of cards
  • Build a den
  • Write and send a letter to a friend or relative you haven’t seen for a while
  • Draw a picture for your mum or dad to make them smile
  • Look up at the stars on a clear night
  • Try yoga
[For children in Years 4 to 6]
  • Use a map to plan a socially-distanced tour around your local area with your household
  • Pick your favourite film character and write a story about them
  • Get some exercise and climb to the top of a hill
  • See the sunrise or sunset
  • Write and perform a show for members of your household
  • Plan and cook a meal for your family
  • Have a clear-out of old toys or clothes, ready to donate to charity
  • Make up your own game and teach it to someone in your household
  • Learn a new skill
  • Choose objects to put in a time capsule
  • Design and take part in a treasure hunt around the house
  • Do a blindfolded taste test
  • Interview someone in your family
  • Help unpack the shopping and decide what to have for dinner tonight
  • Watch your favourite film

We love seeing what you did and so do other children and young pepole and their families! Share what you did over the half-term by emailing a video clip or picture to lauren.thompson2@nelincs.gov.uk and it will be posted on the Local Offer website and shared on social media.