Half Term Bucket List From A Kids’ Perspective – What They Really Want To Do

Pumpkins for Autumn Half Term Halloween

Half term is here, and I’m trying to be a good Mum and making a list of things we should do together to fill our time. I’m mindful of packing in travel, outdoor activities, nature, crafts and of course lots to do with Halloween.

Then I stopped and thought – what do the children actually want from their half term holidays? I often like to read about kids’ perspectives on things – why am I not just asking my own kids?

Of course, small children don’t always know what’s best for them, and would maybe just veg out and eat Haribo all day, every day if we allowed them, without any thought for fresh air or good nutrition, so we often have to intervene. But it’s an interesting exercise anyway, I think.

Veg out and eat Haribo all day!
Veg out and eat Haribo all day!

Here is the list of what my kids want to do for Half Term:

  • Carve our pumpkins
  • Make our Halloween costumes
  • Watch a Halloween movie (Beetlejuice or Ghostbusters are top of the list)
  • Make some videos and edit them (they want to make more ‘Look Inside’ videos, and Hugo got a green screen for his birthday so wants to learn how to use that too)
  • Go to a Halloween party (their football club is holding one)
Carve pumpkins ready for Halloween
Carve pumpkins ready for Halloween

That’s it!!

I asked them if they wanted to go anywhere – I had in mind Alnwick Castle for my little Harry Potter fans, Preston Park for some Halloween crafts, maybe a woodland walk, beach…? They met my suggestions with a shrug, a “yeah, could do”, but very little enthusiasm.

My children are tired. They have found the first half term back at school quite exhausting. I have busy boys who work hard and play hard! Hugo has had a birthday which we all shared an exciting weekend away to Edinburgh for, and a very full-on school camp for a long weekend which he is still recovering from. Both children have thrown themselves back into sport wholeheartedly since the summer break. They need a rest!

Sleepy little piglets
Sleepy little piglets

And why not? Do we really need to be on the go constantly? Do we need to be travelling, exploring, running about like crazy? Yes, it’s nice to do, but sometimes we all need a break.

So I’m listening to what my children are telling me. OK, I’m not going to let them laze about in pyjamas for the whole week, but I am going to take it easy.I need that too. I think that slowing down and taking our time over the things we really want to do together will help keep stress levels down and fights to a minimum too, so that we can just enjoy being together. I do hope so!

There may just be a blog or vlog post (or two) coming from us in the near future too!

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44 Replies to “Half Term Bucket List From A Kids’ Perspective – What They Really Want To Do”

  1. After a well deserved rest, I am sure they will enjoy more all the Halloween plans mentioned on the list. We all need a break from time to time, don’t we? 🙂 #KCACOLS
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    1. We absolutely do Gabriela!

  2. Great idea to ask them. We did the same and we have three days out (but easier ones than we thought) and a Halloween party. Have a great half term x

    1. Thanks Alana, hope you have a great time too x

  3. It’s really sweet that they want to make their own costumes 🙂 #BigPinkLink

    1. Yes, they are getting older, but some things still need to be home-made!

  4. Sounds like everyone could use a rest, enjoy the break! I love the image of gummy bears. hehe those are a favorite around here. #KCACOLS
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    1. Thanks Jen, half way hrough and we’re going a littlecrazy, but pumpkin carving today so watch this space!

  5. Half terms are definitely made for having a rest but your Halloween inspired list sounds very fun! #kcacols

    1. Thanks Tracey, it’s going ok so far!

  6. Some great ideas, I hope you’re all enjoying half term x #KCACOLS
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    1. So far, so good thanks Emma! Hope you are too xx

  7. What a fab idea. I am forever asking my pupils the things they want to learn about and how they want to learn it. It’s amazing how even small people know their limits. I will be listening to Baby D too when he’s old enough to actually make words not just babbles. xx #FamilyFun

    1. Thanks Steph, it was a lightbulb moment for me to realise they just wanted to chill for a while.

  8. I love this-I think we put so much pressure on ourselves to spend the days being creative, educational, being outside, learning about nature, that its not only exhausting for parents, but worse for already exhausted children!! We definitely spend more time in than we used to, especially now the eldest can say ‘I just don’t want to go out mummy…’ You are very right, we need to to definitely listen to our children!
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    1. Thank you so much, glad you agree x

  9. Sarah (Mum x3x) says: Reply

    Gosh, I really want to watch Beetlejuice! Classic movie for Halloween! Great bucket list 🙂 xx #FamilyFun

    1. Thanks Sarah, we haven’t watched it yet so maybe something for the weekend?

  10. Great ideas for their half term, but I would definitely have added Alnwick Castle on to the list!! #KCACOLS
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    1. It was on my list Louise, but it’s a long way/lot of money if they don’t really want to do it 🙁

  11. Lovely post; sounds like a perfect half term to me! #KCACOLS

  12. Great ideas – good idea to ask! My kids din’t always know what they want though! #kcacols
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    1. That’s fine too though, at least you’ve got the options covered!

  13. My husband took this week off work so we could all do something together, so far that’s been ‘walking the dog’ but at least the teen came. Sometimes it’s good to have no plans.

    1. Absolutley, it’s much less pressure. Hope you’ve enjoyed your week.

  14. I would love to laze around all week in my PJ’s eating Haribo too 😉 sounds like the boys are due a little rest busy little things aren’t they! I hope you managed to get everything done!
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    1. Thanks Tracey, I’ve allowed them a few late mornings of wearing PJ’s until about 10 as a compromise!

  15. Slowing down is great, we all benefit from a bit of that… why do we always resist so much?! Enjoy! #kcacols

    1. You’re right, wwe do resist it. Probably because we are trying too hard to be good parents and cram it all in!

  16. I love this. We did one for the Summer holidays and it was a great way of getting our ideas down and challenging ourselves. It’s funny the things they really want to do, isn’t it? I totally agree about being tired, my eldest is exhausted after 8 weeks of school.

    1. Yes, we did a summer one too. I guess it felt different when we had 6 weeks to fill! I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me sooner to just ask the boys what they wanted!

  17. Petite Pudding says: Reply

    AH so with you for having a slightly more chilled week – my boy is so tired after his first half term at school. There will be pumpkin carving and we have watched some halloween movies, but we have really enjoyed snuggling back into bed in the morning with a hot drink and a book! #eatsleepblogrt
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    1. Snuggling with a hot drink and book sounds sooooo perfect!

  18. Ah great list I hope you ticked them off! A green screen wow that’s an impressive present I’ll look forward to seeing a video using that! Thanks for sharing with us at #familyfun xx

    1. We don’t really know how to use the green screen yet! Plus my camera let us down and out pumpkin post was ruined. Sigh! Back to the drawing board!

  19. My son is still a bit little and not school age yet but totally agree that school can be full on. I think the list they came up with is pretty cool! Maybe they could film outside somewhere for their films? Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    1. Thanks, we enjoyed doing not very much!

  20. I’ve heard this from lots of parents this half term – I do think school is so intensive for kids and it’s easy to get caught up in wanting to fill the holiday with lots of activities, but that’s not always what they need. Sounds like a relaxing week together is just what you need. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    1. Thanks Katie – we’re all recharged and back to the grind!

  21. We were exactly the same. Alice was so tired from school that I kept our half term very low key and gave her a chance to relax. We did a couple of small days out, baked cakes and have lots of snuggles Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x
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    1. Sounds lovely – I hope you enjoyed it xx

  22. Sometimes it’s just nice to stay home and have a PJ day. It can sometimes take me 2 hours to pack bags , sort lunch and get us all in the car just for a couple of hours at the zoo. #sharingthebloglove

    1. Exactly Becci – it’s always more stressful for the Mum!

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