It might have felt like January would never end, but February is here at last, and with it comes longer days, warmer weather (at last!) and the first school holiday of the new year: mid-term break. Mid-term starts for all schools on Thursday 21st, but your kids might be off as early as Monday 18th. Holidays can be a mixed bag – it’s always good to get a break from your regular routine, but it can also be hard to find ways to fill the time, especially if you want to avoid breaking the bank. But don’t worry – we have some fun and inexpensive family activities you can do this mid-term to make the most of your time off!
With winter on its way out, you can finally spend some time outdoors without worrying about your little ones freezing their toes off. Now is a great time to get out of the house and spend some time in nature, and a picnic is a lovely way to do it. Get your Super Troopers involved by having them help to put together some healthy sandwiches, salads and snacks to bring along – if your little chefs help with the menu, it’ll be a great chance for them to learn about healthy eating, and maybe even try out some fruit and veg they haven’t had before. Make sure to check out our Family Zone for some deliciously healthy recipes you can try!
A great idea is to combine your picnic with a family walk – Ireland has lots of outdoor spaces you can explore and find a great picnic spot in, so no matter where you are in the country, there’s bound to be somewhere interesting nearby. Head down to your local park or green space, take a walk with your little ones, have a look at how the scenery around you is changing as we move from winter into spring, and then find a nice spot to sit down and enjoy your picnic together.
To really make the most of your midterm, you’ll want to do some activities that will engage your Super Troopers’ minds and avoid the dreaded boredom that can set in from a week off school. A great way to fill the time is to get crafty and make some art pieces that your kids can really express their creativity with. You can also take the opportunity to make your craft time a bit more mindful and learn some wellbeing techniques along the way.
One great mindful craft piece that you can make is a texture painting. All you need to do is gather up some materials with different textures; you can use fabrics, cut-up bottles and cardboard, sponges, art supplies like pipe cleaners and lollipop sticks – make it a challenge with your kids to think of as many things with different textures as you can! Lay down a piece of A4 or A3 paper and have your little ones let their imaginations run free and stick down the materials to make a picture.
Then, explore the textures of the materials together. Think about how the materials feel, the sound they make, which ones are rougher or smoother than others. This will help your kids learn how to stay grounded and teach them valuable skills in emotional regulation that will come in handy the next time they get a little overwhelmed.
Taking a look around one of Ireland’s beautiful and free museums is a great way to pass the time and teach your kids a little bit about art and history! Lots of museums have great family events on around this time that you can pop along to, but if you’re feeling in the mood to make your own fun, you can head over to a museum with a sketchbook and make your own drawings of the exhibits with your little ones. Afterwards, you can take some time to learn about what you saw, and find out about the artists’ lives and work together.
However you decide to spend your midterm, we hope you have a lovely, refreshing break and get energised and ready to tackle the rest of the school year!