Finding things to do in half term with your kids can be a job in itself — really, anything to avoid the inevitable chimes of “I’m bored” is a success, right? But how about trying something different. We’ve put together some half term ideas inspired by films to keep kids from climbing up the walls.
How to Draw Your Dragon
Have you ever sat down and tried to draw a dragon? It’s surprisingly tricky - and sure to keep you all busy for a while. If you’re a fan of How to Train Your Dragon, you’ll know that Toothless makes a particularly cute subject. He’s not the easiest to draw but try these tricks and tips and you may be surprised at your own skills.
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Get busy with bricks
Not to put too fine a point on it but a fun, Lego-Movie-inspired activity is... playing with Lego. Get the bricks out and create your own takes on Bricksburg for a fun morning activity. Once you’ve exhausted that, add in some space scenes; a house that’s also a rocket; a two-storey sofa... sidenote: Lego is supposedly the new Yoga so you’ll be totally zen before the bricks go back in their box.
Some inspiration for you here:
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Update a fairytale
The Kid Who Would Be King is a modern retelling of the legend of King Arthur - so why not apply iPhones and Mario Kart to some other fairytales? Prince Charming sending out a group Snap to find his Cinderella? Sure. Once you’ve written your masterpieces, dress up and act them out!
The Kid Who Would Be King is out 15 February - find out more here
Follow a film-inspired recipe
In Disney’s Ratatouille, renowned chef Auguste Gusteau says that “Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great.” He’s not wrong. So help your kids become fearless and great with some film-inspired recipes.
Have a go at recreating Remy’s fancy ratatouille dish or check out this recipe for microphone cake pops inspired by animated musical Sing - food and lifestyle blogger Emily Leary, aka @AMummyToo, shows you how to make them in this tutorial
. For something more suited to those with paws for hands, there’s always a marmalade sandwich...
Design your own movie poster
What’s the best way to celebrate going to see an awesome film? Going home and creating your own poster, that’s what. Draw your favourite characters, see if you can sum up all the themes, or take inspiration from the colour palette - we particularly loved Coco’s gorgeous orange and purple theme:
Get creative with claymation
Aardman are the makers of Early Man and Wallace and Gromit and they're known for their charming stop motion style. Take their lead and make your very own character – need some tips? Let an Aardman animator show you how:
Make your own treasure map
Brew yourself a cuppa but keep the tea bag because we’re going to be making treasure maps. Plot your own adventure à la Tomb Raider, The Goonies or Indiana Jones by covering a piece of paper in a tepid tea bag – you could unearth a chest of gold.
Dream up a fictional world
Have you ever been blown away by a world conjured up in a movie? Why not make your own? For 2017’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, we asked digital artist Miss Led to create a 3D work of art inspired by the film’s eye-popping imagery. Watch her build an immersive underwater scene at the wave of her hands using Google Tilt Brush:
Of course, not everyone has a virtual reality headset lying around, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a fictional world too. Get messy with papier-mâché or stay traditional with some pencils.
Go on a bug hunt
Inspired by A Bugs Life, Antz and, let’s be honest, every child’s love of rummaging around in the dirt, there’s nothing better than heading down to your local park and going on a bug hunt. Under logs, leaves and wriggling through the grass are an assortment of creepy crawlies to wonder at. Create a fact file while out and see if you can get your kids to draw that they saw when they get home.
Embrace your inner film critic
Make your big screen experience last longer by getting your kids to channel their inner critics. What was their favourite part of the film? Who was their favourite character? What themes did they pick up on? Be warned: this can have some pretty hilarious results. Just check out our very own 10-year-old reviewer’s take on The Boss Baby
Keep the story going
The film might be over, but there’s no need to call it a day with your favourite characters. Can your kids come up with a synopsis for a sequel? What do they think happened after Elsa and Anna got reunited? And what ridiculous invention will Dr Nefario create next?
We’d love to see what you and your kids come up with - share your creations with us on Facebook