Activity ideas for the October half-term holiday

As the October half-term approaches, many parents wonder how to entertain children during this time. In this blog, we’d like to share some activity ideas you can engage your child in to keep them occupied.

Half-term activities at home

If you aren’t going away on a holiday or a staycation and all the holiday clubs are fully booked – there are still some  home based things your child can do. 

Get messy in the kitchen

Cooking or baking is a whole load of fun for children and allows you, as a parent, to bond with your child and develop the following skills:


– listening skills – children learn to follow instructions

– responsibility of handling ingredients and ensuring that they follow a process well

– cooking allows a child to explore their senses whether it’s understanding the taste is spicy or sweet, or the – – smell is strong or not

– gives our child the opportunity  to make healthy choices regarding their diet

– helps develop some maths skills whether it’s understanding measurements  or the price of an ingredient 

– helps the child to become more independent!

Learn a new language

Half-term is a good time to encourage your little one to learn a few words or sentences of a new language.

Get creative

It’s very important to encourage your little one to stay in touch with their creative side. 


– encourage your child to draw complex drawings – you can find videos they can copy on Youtube

– make cards and postcards using cardboard paper

– origami animals 

– arts and crafts

– colouring and painting

– use their imagination to build/create  using recyclable materials

Outdoor half-term activity ideas

Running out of ideas on what to do with your child this half-term but really want them to be outdoors, here are a few ideas:


– take them on a bike ride at a local park

– sign up to a sports club 

– holiday clubs privately or via your school 

– take them to the theatre

– day to the museum 

– theme park

– nature walks


It’s crucial that you allow your child to rest and enjoy their half-term because of their hard work in the semester gone by. However, if your child does require further support so they are up to speed with their academics then do get in touch. Our SmartStepZ Online learning platform and one-to-one tutoring sessions will give us an opportunity to help your child improve on areas they may be weak on.

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