If your walk takes you past museum gardens then do check out:
Signs of Hope at York Museum Gardens
York Museums Trust aims to bring small moments of positivity to people visiting York Museum Gardens
A Sign of Hope has been placed in York Museum Gardens as part of a campaign to bring small moments of positivity to visitors this winter lockdown. Find out more HERE.
Jump in Muddy Puddles
If it’s good enough for Peppa pig, it’s good enough for us! Get Wrapped up, wellies/waterproofs on and jump in puddles – who can make the biggest splash?! Do some crunching in the leaves whilst you are at it.
Explore a Nature Reserve
Every season can be enjoyable to get outside in the fresh air and explore nature together, especially if you know what to look for. Visit one of the local Nature Reserves in York and you to explore meadows, wetlands, moorland or ancient woodlands. Click HERE for our Nature Reserves Blog.
Parks & Playgrounds
Parks & Playgrounds
Have you visited all the 10 York Parks in our blog? If not, what are you waiting for, find the list and more information HERE.
Local Virtual Events
Whilst York would usually be bursting with local events over half term, this year its gone virtual!!! Check out the Mumbler EVENTS CALENDAR.
Fun for children at the world’s largest online Viking Festival
That JORVIK Viking Thing, 15 – 20 February 2021
Staying true to York’s Viking roots, the world’s largest online Viking festival – That JORVIK Viking Thing – offers hours of Norse-themed family fun, including livestreamed events, virtual tours and the first ever 360-degree immersive version of JORVIK Viking Centre’s world-famous ride through Viking-age York. Using a smart phone, tablet or even a VR headset, you ‘ride’ in one of the time capsules with resident Viking guide, Fastulf, and experience the sounds and sights of 10th century Coppergate – the only thing missing are the smells!
Other firsts are a series of ‘Meet the Vikings’ films, exploring crafts, weapons, food and many other aspects of Viking life, and a fun adventure with the hapless Arnor, as he hunts around his village for a lost ring.
Crafting workshops include Poo Day, on Monday 15 February at 3pm, when children can recreate their own version of the Lloyds Bank Coprolite – the world’s most famous fossilised poo which is on display within JORVIK Viking Centre – and Make a Viking Pot on Thursday 18 February at 3pm.
JORVIKanory is a chance to watch best-selling children’s authors Cressida Cowell, Francesca Simon, Hilary Robinson, David MacPhail, Robert J Harris and Paul Tillery IV read extracts from their Norse-themed children’s books. The videos will be available throughout the week, as will a series of podcasts, one of which features Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary. Also a new chapter from a traditional Viking saga, The Saga of Refr The Sly, will be released every day.
This February half term, turn master-spy as you discover how to write and uncover secret messages using a very special invisible ink: lemon juice!
When it comes to sending secret messages from inside a prison, we might not expect a sixteenth-century nun would be an expert at it – but the Yorkshire-born religious pioneer Mary Ward never cared much for expectations.
Learn how Mary Ward used lemon juice letters to send secret messages to her follows and have a go at your very own at home by downloading the free worksheet from the Bar Convent website.
Pancake day falls within February Half term on Tuesday 16th. Make sure you are fully stocked with milk, eggs and flour and whatever tasty toppings you fancy. How about trying a savoury topping like cheese and onion? or a simple lemon and sugar pancake. Check out our Mumbler PANCAKE DAY BLOG. The BBC website has lots of pancake inspiration too, as well as recipes for vegan and gluten free pancakes so no one has to miss out.
Even if you are not one to celebrate Valentines day normally, why not give it a go this year? Make the day a little bit different than the others. We have lots of ideas to enable you to embrace Valentines day with the whole family, Arts & crafts, games, baking, activity sheets, card making, gift ideas and more. Click HERE for all the Mumbler Valentines fun.
Have you seen the Mumbler Activity Sheets page? There’s lot’s of different activity sheets organised into events and occasions for you to print and use. Helen O’Grady Drama Academy have put together an activity pack containing all sorts of fun activities for kids this half term. Download this here: Activity Pack for Schools – Feb 2021.
Whilst formal home schooling is on hold this week, why not teach some valuable life skills instead? We’ve put together a blog full of ideas of useful skills to teach the children that they will thank you for in the future! Check it out HERE.
Choreograph a Dance Routine
My kids often dance along to songs, but to actually encourage them to create a dance, practice and repeat the same moves is a whole different ball game. They could dress up and make tickets for their final performance! Youtube is a great resource here if they don’t want to make up their own routine but learn one from someone else. We have learnt several routine from Oti Mabuse from her youtube channel HERE Routines include Shrek, Mary Poppins, Trolls, Frozen and the Greatest Showman.
If they have a love for dancing, then Hot Tap Dance School have a couple of Virtual workshops this half term. This includes a Tap workshop, delivered by Avalon Rathgeb and a Musical Theatre Dance workshop, delivered by Jordan Lee Davies. Find out more information on how to get involved on their FACEBOOK page.
Build a Junk Model Tower
Give the recycling pile a new lease of life before it gets collected. A fun game is trying to build a tall tower. This could even be a competition if that works. Set some rules eg cellotape allowed or just a balancing game. Good luck!
Make Spaghetti & Marshmallow Models
Models can be made out of spaghetti and marshmallows or jelly tots and craft matchsticks work well too. This is great for kids to experiment and learn about shapes, structures and strength.
My daughter decided she wished to play snakes and ladders. We don’t have the game so i said i’d try and find one at some point. It then struck me later that day that i could easily make a version of the game to play. We used a roll of lining paper (or you could tape a few pieces of A4 paper together). I drew the grid and we worked together on the numbers. She coloured in the snakes and was so excited to play. I think she’s enjoyed it more knowing we made it together.
My kids LOVE having their nails painted, its a rare treat and i do it for them, but they always want to have a go themselves. So…. draw around some hands on card and draw the nails and let them loose with either the varnish or their paints. This would work for eye shadow too.
Have a look through some old photo albums, have the kids guess who’s who. It’s so interesting for the younger ones as they just can’t get their head around the fact their parents used to be children! Mine also struggle to understand the relationships eg grandma is my mum and used to look after me when i was a baby.
What’s in the box? – Guessing Game
A simple and fun game to set up. You need a medium sized card board box. Cut out some holes at the top for arms (not too big so no one can see if they try to peek!). Use something to cover the front of the box if you wish e.g. a towel/blanket. Select some household objects for guessing and off you go!!
Happy Half Term
Parents of York, you’ve got this covered!!!
Enjoy a break from google classrooms, phonics, fractions and whatever else you’ve had thrown at you these past few weeks.