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Five free ways to keep your kids entertained over half term

If your little monsters are prone to complain that they’re bored on the first day of the holidays then take a look at our free ways to keep them entertained.

A family feeding a duck A family feeding the ducks

1. Check out your local library

When was the last time you took a trip to your local library? Do you even own a library card? The UK has over 4,000 libraries and, as well as lending out a humongous range of children’s books, many of them run events especially for children.

Whether it’s craft-making, story-time or creative writing there’s bound to be something taking place near you.

3. Be a tourist in your own town

If you take your town for granted why not get reacquainted with it this summer? Have a wander and challenge your kids to spot the oldest building by their date stone.

Find out about local events and markets – most towns and villages have their own website full of local information. You could event explore your local museum. If it’s a little dull invent a game to play with the kids. What’s the biggest or smallest thing they can find in a display case?

4. Get creative with cardboard boxes

Forget about the contents. The packaging is where it’s at. Next time you’re at the supermarket pick up a few spare cardboard boxes and challenge your children to turn them into space rockets, Ferraris or teddy bear houses.

Encourage them to decorate their creations using cut outs from old magazines or newspapers. Hours of fun for next to nothing.

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Last date edited: 31 January 2018