Finding ways to keep the little-ones occupied at home has been a struggle for many families during lockdown.

With February half-term just around the corner, some parents will be scratching their heads trying to come up with Covid-safe activities for their children to do.

Almost a third (32%) of parents have noticed negative changes in their child’s behaviour since the UK coronavirus pandemic.

This includes behaviours such as tantrums, meltdowns, nightmares, stomach aches, fighting and crying, according to You Gov.

But, there are many wonderful things you can do in and around Bracknell and Reading during lockdown that abides by the current restrictions.

With the help of Parkdean Resorts, here are some ideas you can do with the children.

Nature hunt

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Visit your local country park like South Hill Park or Dinton Pastures. It is perfect to take the kids around and explore the wildlife that's on offer.

The sculptures gives children a chance to explore the woodland and see how the natural ecosystem work.

You can also do a nature hunt at home in your garden, by printing off a free map online and counting how many different bugs you can see.

Living room campsite

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Grab an old bed sheet and build a fort or if you want to be extra fun, set up your tent and pretend your sat around a campfire.

Make some popcorn and read stories to one another, or watch a movie from the comfort of your living room floor.

Make some pebble art

Now is the perfect time to get creative and paint some pebbles.

Two sisters in Crowthorne made a snake trail on their road by colouring in pebbles.

You could do the same and bring your community closer together through this free activity.

Grow your own veg

With spring officially sprung, now’s the time to get planting. Lettuce, carrots, beets and radishes are all fantastic for spring’s seasonal conditions.

Radishes are an easy one to grow because it doesn’t matter where you plant them and they will grow fast.

Create a fairy garden

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DIY fairy gardens might be small in size but these enchanting abodes make for some interesting sensory learning that’ll keep your kid entertained for hours.

The first step is deciding your theme, whether that’s a fairy castle, a city or a woodland wonderland. Then gather your materials and find a cute spot to set up - rocky areas work really well to keep everything in place and it also adds a nice touch of texture in terrain.

Sow some seeds

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Teach your kids about the great outdoors with this horticultural skill that’ll see them right through to adulthood.

Whether you have a garden of your own or space to sow indoors - there’s always a way to get greenfingered.

Learn about the planet with David Attenborough

Just when you thought lockdown TV couldn’t get any better - David Attenborough announces his BBC education addition.

The legendary presenter will explain natural world topics such as oceans and animals.

Lessons are available on BBC Bitesize Daily, BBC iplayer and BBC Red Button.


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You are bound to see a rainbow whilst on your walk as people show their support for the NHS.

It's also because families have been busy painting and drawing them as a display of togetherness and to give children something to spot while out on their walks.

Why not cut out a piece of cardboard from box and use any spare materials you have and make it 3D. You'll have the coolest rainbow in the neighbourhood.

Write a letter

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If you want to do a good deed this lockdown, help elderly residents feel less lonely.

A simple idea of writing a letter to an elderly resident could really brighten their day. It also helps your little one practise their handwriting skills.

Just contact a care home near you and ask them for more details on how you can write to them.


Finally, a lovely way to round off the February half term is to paint your hands and print them on a big piece of paper.

You could get the whole household involved by painting your hands in different colours and printing them next to one another.

Then you can hang it up on the wall and remember it forever.