How to: 5 Projects for Half Term Fun

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1. Patio games

Transform your patio into a traditional playground with chalk-drawn games. Snakes and ladders, hopscotch and noughts and crosses can all make for a great afternoon of fun, with much of the enjoyment in the drawing itself. Add to the fun with a chalk-drawn scoreboard so the kids can keep a leaders’ board going from one day to the next. The chalk can easily be washed away with water and a stiff broom, so don’t worry that’ll ruin your paving. 

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2. Mini bulb planting

Enjoy the magic of planting spring-flowering bulbs by doing it in miniature. Crocus, iris and snowdrops are small enough for little ones to handle, and will all create a pretty display next year. Plant the bulbs in small terracotta pots filled with multipurpose compost, and top with a thin layer of grit. Encourage children to make their own plant labels out of lolly sticks, making a note of the bulb they’ve planted. 

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3. Make a bug mountain

Do your bit to support bugs, beetles and other beneficial insects by building a bug mountain. It’s really easy to do – just create a pile of logs filling any gaps with cones, fallen leaves, twigs and small branches. The mountain will provide habit and shelter for no end of creepy crawlies, and the construction process itself will wile away an hour or two. Position the mountain in a quiet, out-of-the-way spot if you have one.

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4. Leafy lanterns

Collect fallen leaves and turn them into rustic lanterns to light up dark winter evenings. Simply wrap a large leaf around a glass jar, secure with a rubber band and finish of with a jazzy raffia bow. All that’s left to do is pop in a tea light and you’ve got an instant lantern. Any leaves will do, although those from plane and conker trees work really well. The leaves will dry around the jar, meaning the lanterns can be kept for several months.

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5. Be a seed saver

Learn about the plant circle of life by collecting and saving seed. Start by snipping off seed heads and putting them straight into a paper bag. Sort the seeds on a piece of plain white paper and funnel them into an envelope. Label the envelope and store it in an airtight container until spring, when the seed will be ready to sow. There’s nothing more magical than watching plants grow from a tiny seed – especially if it’s one you’ve saved yourself.