Mell Square’s top tips for keeping the kids entertained

We understand that parents and guardians have been home-schooling their children for quite some time now, and with half-term approaching you may be running short on new and innovative ways to entertain your little ones…but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Time to get messy

To enjoy an afternoon of messy play all you need to do is pop down some old towels and bedsheets, dig out an apron or some old clothing, and head to WHSmith’s by visiting online. You’ll discover plenty of arts and crafts supplies in its 3 for 2 offer, as well as other messy favourites like glitter, slime and funky fabrics – perfect for some creative fun both you and your child can get stuck into.

Available at WHSmith, you’ll also find all the materials to make the ultimate scrapbook. Why not create a family tree or a school yearbook if the children are missing their classmates and teachers? This will really get them researching and even looking at old photos, with the finished product something they will be excited to share with loved ones once it’s safe to do so.

For a fun and creative activity at home, check out Mell’s Megastars and get your children to nominate their heroes by printing a star and decorating – the shinier the better.

The power of imagination

If you’re running out of physical activities to keep your child occupied, perhaps a few hours of letting their imaginations run wild will do the trick – enjoying stories, creating games and embracing the world of ‘make believe’?

To restock your story collection, head over to MINIMINI where you can purchase some inspiring stories from a range of independent publishers from all over the world. With tales of ‘The Human Body’, ‘Women in Science’, and ‘Creature Features: Dinosaurs’, these books are perfect for some fun yet informative learning.

For the younger ones, why not discover the world of Orange Tree Toys – available to buy online from Wishes and Kisses? The traditional wooden toys suitable for babies, toddlers and young children are beautifully designed to entertain and educate. From push alongs and skittles, to alphabet puzzles and xylophones, these children’s toys are sure to become toy box treasures.

Keeping active

Making sure children can burn off energy and stay active is crucial for their well-being, but if your children are more used to going swimming or jumping on trampolines at the leisure centre, it’s hard to know what tools to use at home to enhance a workout. This is where you can get creative and encourage the kids to join in too.

Hosting your own sports day is a great way to involve the whole household…even reluctant teenagers. Argos’ traditional garden games sports day kit is the perfect tool to get the kids outside and encourage a spot of healthy family competition. Shop online at Argos to choose from a variety of outdoor sporting games which all the family can enjoy, with everything from Swingball to space hoppers, portable basketball nets and goalposts.

Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement that people are able to enjoy as much outdoor exercise as they wish, it may be a good time to purchase Argos’ tennis, badminton and volleyball set which, complete with a portable net, can be enjoyed either in the garden, or in the park – if rules on social distancing are observed.

Many of us have also tried Joe Wicks’ daily PE class on YouTube, and there are others to choose from too. Key players from the fitness industry and even Olympic athletes are posting amazing workouts.

Stock up for hungry pupils

Why not turn lunchtime into a food technology class and get the kids to help with their meal preparation? Visit here for some great ideas to create healthy habits during half-term.

Marks and Spencer’s senior nutritionist Laura Street has also created a weekly meal planner with five tasty, balanced lunch ideas for children, complete with a handy shopping list. M&S is now accepting the £15 school meal vouchers recently launched as part of the Government scheme.

You can also look to the Sainsbury’s website for some children’s lunchtime menus, packed with easy to make recipes which are sure to make you very popular amongst your ‘pupils’.

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