Half term ideas

Get creative this half term by writing a story with your kids

I expect there will be lots of dads taking their share of parenting duties during the half term holidays.  If you are short of half term ideas have you considered writing a book with your children.

Until I became a parent, I had no idea how challenging holidays are for parents. Furthermore, we don’t have enough holiday time in our busy working lives to cover all the school holidays.

Be creative

I have always wanted to become an entrepreneur. In addition, I also want to spend time with my kids and I want to do something more creative than sitting in an office all day.

Research has found that creative kids are more like to be adventurous and entrepreneurial when they are older. First, there are more ways to be creative than starting a business.  Making a toy business, was an option I took.

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Personally, I believe that everybody has a story in them.  It might be a story that is personal to you and your family, something that you wish to write down for your children only. Or you might have a story that you want to tell the wider world.

Nurture your kids creativity

How about nurturing your children’s creativity by writing a story together with your them because your kids will enjoy writing it more with you.  Imagine a book written by father and son!

For those visiting London or those living in London looking for half term ideas, Hampstead Theatre are running a festival because it really looks fun for parents and their kids alike.

There are so many events over the three day festival, however with a three year old of my own the event that caught my attention is Michael Rosen, the author of “We are going on a bear Hunt”, performing some of his poems in combination with live drawing from Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.

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My son loves “We Are Going on a Bear Hunt” so he will love this.

Learn from the famous authors

First of all, have you ever tried to write a children’s book?  While it seems like it should be easy.  Actually it really isn’t.  It is difficult.

If you secretly harbour an ambition to write a book, maybe the workshop on “How to… Write a Children’s Book” will appeal to you, run by children’s author Siobhan Curham.  There are lots of other similar workshops for children which cover story telling, drama, illustration and music.  Alternatively, for the wizards, head to the celebration of Harry Potter.

Furthermore, this is not purely a kids festival, there are plenty of adult events.  A reading of Four Weddings and a Funeral, creating “Who Do You Think You Are”… There are many more readings and events with many more poets and authors.

Maybe your half term ideas are to stay at home and find something on the TV or computer.   Personally, I want to get out of the house and try something new.  You will be surprised how much there is a the Hampstead Theatre Festival.

And if you don’t live in the Hampstead local area, this doesn’t have to stop you being creative and getting writing with your children. All you need is a pencil and your imagination!



For more information check out the Box Office: 020 7722 9301 | hampsteadtheatre.com

Nick Farnsworth is a toy inventor and a stay at home dad.  His unique brand of sports themed baby toys, Little Sport Star, is available in Toys R Us in the USA, amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

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1 Comment

  • Just spotted this in Seth Godin’s book “The Icarus Deception”. Seth Godin is inspirational writer : Every parent figures he has a at least one book for toddlers in him – how hard could it be? All you have to do is follow the template and get picked by a book editor.
    But it is hard. It’s hard because every successful book is a breakthrough…

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