Half term ideas for families
Half term is the perfect time to get outdoors and exploring. So put down those screens and try out some of our fun ideas for all the family.
Explore a new wood
A school holiday is the perfect time to branch out and explore a woodland a bit further afield. Search for your local wood on our visit woods page, or check out some of our great woods for family days out.
Plan a picnic
If you’re making a day of it, you’ll need some nosh. There’s nothing like a run around in the woods to help you work up an appetite, and food tastes so much better out of doors.
Have a look at some of our recipes for inspiration.
Build a woodland den
Here’s how to get started:
- Collect some long, straight sticks and prop them up against a tree trunk in a fan shape. Don’t forget to leave a large enough entrance to get in and out!
- Find some thin, bendy sticks and weave them in an out of the uprights.
- Cover your den with leaves and grass.
- Remember that you should only use loose materials you’ve found on the ground to make your den.
Credit: Michael Heffernan / WTML
Make a journey stick
This is a simple activity for kids of all ages to track your trip to the woods.
Cut one strip of tough cardboard, or get a good-sized stick for each person on your walk, or you could all have one journey stick.
Run a length of double-sided sticky tape down one of the sides and wrap some colourful wool around the whole stick.
As you’re on your walk, get the kids keep an eye out for interesting objects that will remind you of your journey – a flower, a feather, a pretty leaf – and attach them to your stick. When you get home, use your stick to tell the story of your walk as a family.
Go to an event
We run fun family events across the country, why not have a look and see what’s on during half term near you?
From tree-planting to treasure trails, and discovery walks to story-telling, there’s something for everyone.
Become Tree ID experts
Head out to the woods, a park, or even your back garden and start identifying. You can start off with simple species like oak or holly with little kids, and you can use lots of different techniques with older kids.
Use our Tree ID app to use twigs, leaves, buds and bark to find out what tree you’re looking at.
Keep the fun going
There’s no better way to get kids excited about nature and the great outdoors, and spend more quality time together than with Woodland Trust family membership. Kids get seasonal post stuffed to the brim with ideas for crafts and activities, as well as cool facts about trees, woods and wildlife.