Set up a Puzzle afternoon: Jigsaws are brilliant for all ages, my two have challenged themselves to how many they can complete in half an hour! Wordsearches and Sudoku books have also been popular in our house during the lockdown. We have a Mumbler puzzle sheet you can download HERE.
Mix up your weekend walk with one of these great ideas to make walking with kids more fun!
Try geocaching: Geocaches are treasures hidden by other players; usually little plastic containers with a few trinkets inside. You download an app, get GPS information for the geocaches you want to find, then start hunting. There’s usually a logbook inside and you can take one of the knickknacks home, leaving one of your own behind for the next people to find. Remember to take the hand sanitiser!
Create a lockdown time-capsule: Use a Tupperware or old biscuit tin. The children can imagine who might find the time capsule in the future. They can write letters, draw pictures, find photos etc to let this person of the future know all about life as it is now in lockdown for them.
Challenge the kids with an adventure trail – We are so lucky we have so many to choose from in Wharfedale & Craven!Scultpure Trail, The Chevin, OtleyLocal Artist, Shane Green has created Nine timber sculptures which make up a 2.5km route walking you back in time through the Chevin’s history. The trail starts with a mountain bike with a compass and a climber, this is to represent the Fawkes family donation of the Danefield areas to the public. Ending the trail is a 7ft caveman holding a stone-tipped spear!Skipton Treasure Trail
The perfect way to see the sights and attractions of Skipton on a sunny afternoon.
Follow the trail, solve the clues, see the sights!
Eight stone carvings make up the 3km geology trail helping to explain how the Chevin’s steep slopes and gritstone crags and boulders were created. With the trail passing by Jenny’s Cottage, the views over Wharfedale are spectacular!
Or if you fancy going a little further afield maybe try…
This trail, which starts from the bridge on Victoria Road, is an integral part of improving the use of the footpath alongside the River Aire between Baildon Bridge and Saltaire.
This exciting development has been created for the benefit of residents and visitors to Saltaire and Shipley.
It takes about 40 minutes there & back, stopping to look at the 15 pieces of art work. It is easy walking on the recently cleaned up river side path & the pieces are well worth studying as the more you look the more you discover.
Try the new Curious About Leeds Trail: The self-guided walk takes you on a tour of the most unusual, quirky and intriguing places, uncovering sights that you may well have never noticed yourself. The walks are provided in a treasure hunt style format; you follow the clues to find the answers in the booklet.
Get back to nature with some hands-on Nature activities, we have lots of ideas for activities HERE.
Enjoy some time at home, try one of these indoor activities to occupy the kids.
Get your bake on & make Mum a homemade Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea with these easy to make ideas!
Give the kids some ‘Chill Out Time‘ after their first week back in school – I don’t know about you but my kids are exhausted! Try these 10 Chill Out activities for kids of all ages!
Mix up your weekend walk with one of these great ideas to make walking with kids more fun!
Get your green on and get ready for St Patrick’s day by creating some green decorations!
Mothers Day Crafting– Mother’s Day is fast approaching and what is better for Mum, Step-Mum, Aunt, Grandma or Nana than something your kids have crafted themselves. We have picked our favourite ideas for you to try this weekend here!
Try Origami: There are loads of how-to videos online, it doesn’t have to be tricky! The Mini-mumblers love making the fortune-tellers! We mix this up with exercises rather than fortunes. You could even craft a boat and race them across the bath! We have lots of other cheap and easy activities here.
Take a trip to your local park– we spent a lovely 3 whole hours in the park last weekend & I felt like a new woman! The kids played, laughed and all felt right with the world! Try to avoid crowded times and remain 2m from other families at all times.
Make the most of the last weekend before the old routine restarts and have a lazy day and enjoy some family Hygge time together, we have some great ideas HERE.
Introduce the kids to some Classic family films with our top pick of ‘Old School’ films from the ’90’s, ’80’s & before.
Give the kids some ‘Chill Out Time‘ before their last week of homeschool. Here is our Mumbler tried and tested 10 Chill Out activities for kids of all ages because we all need some moments of peace and quiet in our busy lives, and this helps both parents and children recharge!
Get ready for back to school! – The Mini-Mumblers loved getting more involved this September, naming their new uniform and packing their new backpacks – all of which you can guarantee won’t fit them now! Don’t leave it took late to order new items- We have some great ideas, tips and recommendations from other Mumblers in our blog School Uniform – All you need to know!!
The weather is looking nice and dry so why not enjoy a Family Walk? We’ve compiled a list of great walks in Wharfedale & Craven and a little further afield – all child-friendly and great for seeing our countryside at it’s best. We hope you enjoy it.
Try your hand at the BRAND NEW KS1 Tropical World Escape Room – If you’ve got bored, restless children at home who love all things animals then this brand new activity launched by Tropical World will definitely be worth checking out! Download your copy here. KS2 version also still available if you haven’t given it a go yet!
It’s not too late to join the Winter Mini Reading Challenge – The Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Knights Of to bring you some extra special reading rewards this winter. This year, “Everyone is a Hero”! The Winter Mini Challenge is all about discovering heroes big and small, by reading brilliant books! We’ll be joined by some of our favourite heroes from books like Knights and Bikes, High-Rise Mystery and the Run series. Find out more here.
Celebrate Chinese New Year with Leeds City Museum: Chinese New Year is a week-long festival so we are celebrating with a week of activities themed around the holiday. They have live events and have plenty of activities for you to get stuck in at home!
Get involved with Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week– This year’s theme is Express Yourself: Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.
Enjoy a Virtual Field Trip round one of Europes greatest Museums- you can visit them from the comfort of your sofa! How cool is that!
Get the kids experimenting with our Mumbler tried and tested ideas science ideasHERE.
Enjoy a walk spotting nature around a reservoir We have ideas for child-friendly walks around local reservoirs HERE.
Decorate the kid’s bikes – gather some craft supplies like stickers and streamers then let the kids transform their rides into the brightest bikes on the block. They’ll love showing off their new creations and burn off energy riding them around later.
Get & enjoy a circular walk – we are really lucky to have lots of lovely circular walks in Wharfedale & Craven, perfect for those little legs! You can find our favourite routes here.
Have a family cards game – there are some great ideas of games to try here!
Start the Leeds Parks Challenge – Take on the Leeds Parks Challenge by completing 10 rounds of 5km in your local park, you could get the kids involved to run some of the way, all of the way or get them scooting or cycling with you.
Try your luck at the Tropical World Escape Room – If you’ve got bored, restless children at home who love all things animals then this brand new activity launched by Tropical World will definitely be worth checking out! Download your copy here
Go on a Bug Hunt– From crafts and activity sheets to getting your hands dirty with a magnifying glass and a wormery, we’ve got some great critter-finding activities here
Get baking – If you’re children fancy doing some baking, these are Mumbler’s 3 favourite recipes to do with the kids (and they are easy to follow!)
Take the skateboards, bikes or scooters to a skate park and try some new skills – this is a new concept for my Mini-Mumblers but they had great fun on their scooters in the local Skate Park this week!
Get started with the Winter Mini Reading Challenge – The Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Knights Of to bring you some extra special reading rewards this winter. This year, “Everyone is a Hero”! The Winter Mini Challenge is all about discovering heroes big and small, by reading brilliant books! We’ll be joined by some of our favourite heroes from books like Knights and Bikes, High-Rise Mystery and the Run series. Find out more here.
Big Garden Bird Watch: Activities to do with the kids. The RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch is happening 29th – 31st January 2021 so we’ve put some ideas together of things you can do with the kids all around the topic of birds here!
1. Looking like mixed weather this weekend, we have some great indoor activities to occupy the kids HERE.
2. Looking for some inspiration for a some cheap and easy family fun? We have some great ideas HERE.
3. Set up an Indoor Camping night. Think tents in the living room, throws over the dining room table… Enjoy some hot chocolate, tell campfire stories and sing songs!
4. Get the kids experimenting with our Mumbler tried and tested ideas science ideasHERE.
5. Get out and feed thelocal ducks – they will appreciate it after all that snow!
Mix up your daily exercise with one of these great ideas to make walking with kids more fun!
Try geocaching: this isn’t something we’ve tried yet, but have friends who do it all weekend. Geocaches are treasures hidden by other players; usually little plastic containers with a few trinkets inside. You download an app, get GPS information for the geocaches you want to find, then start hunting. There’s usually a logbook inside and you can take one of the knickknacks home, leaving one of your own behind for the next people to find. Remember to take the hand santitser!
Take a trip to your local park– we need to make the most of the fact these are open at all this lockdown! This could soon change! Try to avoid crowded times and remain 2m from other families at all times.
Have a lazy day and enjoy some family Hygge time together, we have some ideas HERE.
Have a non-birthday party – think tea, cakes, party games and balloons!