From baking biscuits to playing zoo’s, silly selfies to number games, we’ve made an A-Z guide crammed full of activity ideas to do with kids with all ages. There’s even suggested books, songs and movies for each letter too! Why not have a whole letter themed day? This could be your chid’s initial, your surname or just one picked at random.
Roll up your sleeves, ignite your imagination and have fun!
A is for:
- Make your own afternoon tea
- Get active and design a workout
Foods to eat or try: aubergine, apples, apple pie, avocado, asparagus
Books: Avodcado Baby, Aesops Fables,
Songs: The Alphabet Song, Aiken Drum, A, You’re Adorable
Movies: Avengers, Aladdin, The Aristocats, Alvin and The Chipmonks
B is for:
- Have breakfast in bed
- Bath the babies (dolls/barbies)
- Bath the bricks (great excuse to wash the duplo!)
- Build a bridge using books, bricks or old plastic bottles, extra points if it can open for boats going under it!
- Use throws and rugs and make a boat. Where will you sail? What will you see? Make pretend binoculars from loo-rolls
- Make your bed
- Clean the bathroom
- Go on a bike ride
- Feed the birds – make bird feeders from cherrios on pipe clearners or fill a pinecone with vegetable fat and seeds.
- Go bird watching
- Bake biscuits or banana bread
- Blow bubbles (and pop them!)
- Learn to sew on a button
- Boxes! Grab a large box and see what you can turn it into. What will you build? A pirate boat, a train, a kitchen, a castle, a house…
- Play ‘what’s in the box?’. You’ll need a cardboard box with a hole cut out, a selection of items and a blindfold (a scarf does the job). Take turns to poop on the blind fold and guess whats in the box – no peeking!
- Play bingo, why not design and make your own bingo game?
- Make a bug B&B for beetles
- Look for bumble bees and butterflies – see if you can identify them.
- Visit a beach, can you take the bus there?
- Have a bath-bomb bubble bath
- Play ‘whats in the bag?’ memory game. Place a section of items in a bag and then take them out to look at for 1 minute. After that minute put everything back in the bag. You have 1 minute to try and remember as many of the items as you can.
Foods to eat or try: Baked potatoes, biscuits, bread, bananas, banana bread, baked beans, black pudding, cooked breakfast (makes a great dinner too!), burgers
Books: Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams,
Songs: Baa Baa Balck Sheep, Baby Bumble Bee, Bingo (B-I-N-G-O), Baby Shark, The Wheels on The Bus
Movies: Lego Batman Movie, Beauty and The Beast, Babe, Big Hero 6, Brave, Benji
C is for:
- Play cars – have a competition, divide them into colours, see how high you can stack them.
- Make a letter C using only toy cars
- Go on a creepy crawlie hunt to find centepedes
- Have a Christmas Day! Pop up your tree, make some crackers, watch a Christmas movie…
- Bake cookies or a cake, why not add chocolate chips or carrot?
- Colour in pictures of cake or cars, why not draw a picture of as many ‘C’ items as you can think of?
- Make a card for someone
- Create a comic strip
- Play charades
- Customise some clothing. You could decorate an old t-shirt using colouring pens or cut some shapes into the fabric, add on buttons and patches or even a pocket!
- Camp out! Choose a room inside the house to set up camp with sleeping bags & roll mats or if you’ve got a tent, then why not pop that up too? you could even camp in the garden if its warm enough. Why not have a camp meal too? Beans, noodles, sausages or a BBQ.
Foods to eat or try: cake, cookies, crunchies, carrots, chicken wraps, couscous
Books: The Very Hungry Catepillar by Eric Carle, Claude by Alex. T. Smith, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson
Movies: Cars, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Cinderella, Coco
D is for:
- Build a den
- Create a fairy den
- Go on a walk and spot ‘d’ things – diggers, dogs, daisies
- Have a disco and dance
- Organise a dinner party, it doesnt matter what you eat. Send out invitations, set the table with mats (even make your own), coasters, napkins, a candle’s nice and use the best crockery and cutlery. Get dressed up smartand don’t forget pinkies up!
- Make a dinosaur dig – bury toy dinosaurs in a sandpit and let the kids be archaeologists.
- Make wishes on dandelions
- Have a disco!
Foods to eat or try: danish pastries, dairylea dunkers, dumplings, doritos, dip, donuts
Books: The Dragon’s Cold by John Talbot, The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross
Songs: Doctor Foster, Daisy Daisy
Movies: Despicable Me, Dumbo
E is for:
- Learn how to make an evelope
- Try out some home experiments
- Pretend to be an elephant
- Go without electricity for 24hrs. That doesn’t mean just switching of your mobile, computer or tablet. We meaning without electricity completely! Dust of the camping stove and candles and find a stack of board games, playing cards and books.
Foods to eat or try: Eggs, eclairs, empanadas, enchiladas, eccles cakes, edam cheese, edamame peas, elderflower cordial
Books: Emergency by Margaret Mayo, The Enormous Crocodile by Roals Dahl
Songs: An Elephant Goes Like This
Movies: Eragon, E.T.
F is for:
- Go fishing
- Build a fairy castle – why not try junk modelling or build one in your garden using sticks?
- Explore a forest walk
- Make a Fact File about an object or animal beginning with F
- Have a football match
- Watch a film
- Pamper yourselves and try face masks and footmasks
- Play frisbee
Foods to eat or try: Fish, fries, fruit, French toast, French fancies, fudge
Books: Fleabag by Helen Stephens, Flanimal by Ricky Gervais, Fred the Firefighter by Jo Litchfield
Songs: Five Fat Sausages, Five Little Ducks, Five Little Monkeys
Movies: Fantastic Mr Fox, Fantasia, Fireman Sam, Finding Dory, Finding Nemo, Frozen, The Flinstones
G is for:
- Create an indoor crazy gold course
- Make your own glasses, the bigger and more crazy the better!
- Have a games night – get out the glasses, grab some snacks and chose the games.
- Draw a green grasshopper. What other green things could you draw?
Foods to eat or try: grapefruit, green beans, ginerbread, garlic bread, ginger beer, grapes
Books: George’s Dragon Goes to School by Claire Freedman, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Movies: Garfield, Ghostbusters, The Greatest Showman
H is for:
- Try on all the hats in the house
- Play Hide and Seek
- Do the Hokey Cokey
- Have hot chocolates with all the trimmings
- Play hopscotch
Foods to eat or try: honey, ham, hot dogs, halloumi
Books: Hippo Wears a Hat by Julia Donaldson, The High Street by Alice Melvin, Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
Songs: Hickory Dickory Dock, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Head Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Happy Birthday to You!, Hey Diddle Diddle, Hokey Cokey, Humpty Dumpty
Movies: Harry Potter, Home Alone, Homeward Bound, How to Train Your Dragon, Happy Feet
I is for:
- Build an igloo using cushions
- Invent an instrument
- Play instruments
- Freeze toy insects into ice and have the kids invent ways to get them out
- Make inky fingerprints and turn them into insects
- Interview a grandparent or older family member about life during their childhood – favourite toys, games, sweets and activities. Or ask about their wedding day, it will spark so many conversations.
Foods to eat or try: ice cream, Italian, icepoles
Books: If I Could Be by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart
Songs: I’m a Litte Teapot, I hear Thunder, Incy Wincy Spider
Movies: Ice Age, The Incredibles, Inside Out
J is for:
- Dance a jig
- Jump on a trampoline
- Do jigsaws
- Make jewelery using lego, paper, flowers, buttons or beads
- Have a jamboree – get out the tamborines and celebrate!
- Go on a jouney (even a walk can be a journey from A to B)
- Tell jokes
- Create a jellyfish using a paper plate and ribbon/string/wool for tenticles
Foods to eat or try: jelly, jam, juice, Jamacian style food
Books: Joke books! Just So Stories Retold by Elle Woollard, The Jolly Postman, or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allen Ahlberg
Songs: Jack and Jill,
Movies: The Jungle Book, Jurassic Park, Jumanji
K is for:
- Make a kite and try to fly it (or justv fly one if you already have)
- Try knitting
- Grab a ball and have a kick about
Foods to eat or try: Kale, keylime pie, krispie cakes, kebabs, kiwi, kitkats, kidney beans
Movies: A Knights Tale, Karate Kid
L is for:
- Play libraries – pretend to scan the books and add post-it notes to the front so you can stamp the books too.
- Learn to tie laces
- Bake lemon drizzle cake
- Build a giant ‘L’ from lego
- Learn a language
Foods to eat or try: lemon drizzle cake, lasagne, linguini, mini loaves, lemonade, lettuce, lollipop
Books: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Songs: Little Bo Peep, Little Peter Rabbit, Little Miss Muffet
Movies: Lady and The Tramp, The Land Before Time, The Lego Movie, The Little Mermaid, Lilo and Stitch, The Lion King
M is for:
- Make a moth trap using a white sheet and a torch and look for moths at dusk
- Pretend to be a monkey
- Create your own museum
- Make a map, it could be of somewhere you know, somewhere imagined or even be a treasure map!
- Have a movie night, close the curtains, grab the popcorn and pop on a family favourite
- Make masks – who or what will you be? Why not dress up and have a masquerade?
- Have a makeover, why not draw on a moustache?!
- Watch a musical
Foods to eat or try: mussels, milkshake, marshmallows, mango
Books: Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson, Matilda by Roald Dahl, Mog by Judith Kerr, The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton,
Songs: Mary Had a Little Lamb, Miss Polly Had a Dolly, Mulberry Bush,
Movies: Madagascar, Matilda, Mary Poppins, Moana, Monsters Inc, Minions, Mulan
N is for:
- Have a nerf gun party
- Cut out letters and make your names from newspapers
- Cut out numbers from newspapers, how many can you find? Talk about all the places you see numbers and the different numbers people have – house numbers, ages, phone numbers ….
- Make noses from cardboard tubes – elephant, bear, pig, cat, rabbit…
Foods to eat or try: noodles
Books: The Nickle Nackle Tree by Lynley Dodd
Movies: Lego Ninjago, Night at the Museum, Nut Job
O is for:
- Play opticians – try on different glasses, print out an eye test sheet and see how far away you can read the letters from
- Try and build an octopus with bricks
- Bake oat biscuits
- Draw pictures of owls – why not try drawing with a feather or use feathers to decorate your picture?
- Using something which makes an ‘o’ shape create a picture of an animal or object being with ‘o’.
- Listen to ocean sounds, what can you hear?
- Try origami, can you make a boat or a bear?
- Build an obstacle course
Foods to eat or try: chocolate orange, oranges, oat cookies, omlette, onion, oregano, oriental
Books: The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark, Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, Oi Frog by Kes Gray and Jim Field,
Songs: The Owl and The Pussy Cat, Old King Cole, Old Macdonald Had a Farm, One Finger, One Thumb (keep moving), One Potato, Two Potato, One Two Buckle My Shoe, One Two Three Four Five
Movies: Over The Hedge, Open Season
P is for:
- Have a picnic, indoors or outdoors it doesnt matter! Clear some space, pop down a rug, make some sarnies and your good to go. Use plastic plates, napkins and even a picnic basket if you have one.
- Paint homemade postcards and post them
- Pick flowers in the garden and press them
- Make a parcel and post it
- Have a pyjama day
- Play pretend post offices dont forget to stamp the letters and use pretend pennies!
- Make paper planes and race them
- Have a parade with the soft toys
- Play Peek-A-Boo
- Visit the park
- Have a party, why not amke it ‘p’ themed and everyone has to bring a food or something to do begining with ‘p’?
- Do a puzzle book, use a pencil.
- Create a pasta picture of a pirate on a paper plate.
- Play pick -up sticks
- Cook pancakes
- Plant seeds
- Pretend to be a penguin
- Try potato printing
- Put on a puppet show
- Splash in puddles and walk on pavements
- Make potions
- Be photographers for the day, why not challenge yourselves to only photograph things that begin with ‘P’ – poppies, plants, people/portraits, planes,
- Draw self portraits, use pen or pencil
- Get out the paddling pool and have a pool party!
Foods to eat or try: pineapple, pies, poppy seed rolls, pizza, parsnips with parsley, percy pigs, pancakes
Books: Peppa Pig, Pants by Giles Andre, Peek-A-Boo by Jan Ormerod, Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Songs: Pat-a-cake, Polly Put The Kettle On, Pussycat, Pussycat
Movies: Paddington, Peppa Pig, Peter Rabbit, Pirates of The Caribbean, The Playmobil Movie
Q is for:
- Make quills and try to write with them.
- Draw pictures of people with quiffs.
- Pretend someone is Queen for the day
- Have a quiz night! Make up a quiz or chose a one from online, there’s loads of free themed ones from Harry Potter to movies, disney to nursery rhymes. Why not make mini quiches to nibble on?
- Learn about quilting and give it a go. Use old sheets and pillow cases and sew together.
- Go on a quick walk, how far can you go and how fast?
Foods to eat or try: Quesadillas, quinoa, quorn, quiche, quavers
Books: Quick Quack Quentin by Jim Field and Kes Gray
Songs: Queen of Hearts
Movies: The Queen’s Corgis
R is for:
- Go running
- Create rubbings
- Design and make a robot
- Wear red
- Go for a walk (safley) down roads, visit the railway and see if you can see a rainbow.
- Paint a rainbow
- Have a royal day! Let your child be king or queen for the day. They choose what to eat, what to do and what to wear (all within reason of course!). It will fuel their imagination and test their leadership skills.
Foods to eat or try: Roast dinner, raspberry roly poly, rocky road, raspberries
Songs: Ring A Ring O’Roses, Rock-a-bye Baby, Row Row Row Your Boat, Rub a Dub Dub, Round and Round The Garden
Movies: Rango, Robin Hood
S is for:
- Go for a walk at the seaside, look for shells, seaweed, seagulls
- Play i-spy
- Swim and splash in the sea
- Make sandcastles
- Make a paper snake or pretend to be a snake and slither about
- Sing songs
- Play Scrabble
- Make an indoor snowman, picture instructions in the gallery.
- Have fun with shadows, make shadow puppets
- Have a scavenger hunt! Click the link for some ideas.
- Put on a show
- Play shops, why not set up a sunglasses shop and try on different ones
- Take silly selfies
- Make a sock sculputure. We made a snail, what can you create?
- Bake scones
- Stay up late and go star-gazing
- Play skittles. If you dont have a set use empty plastic bottes (these could be sports/water bottles) and a screwed up ball of paper.
- Take turns at writing a sentence each to create a story.
Foods to eat or try: stew, sourdough, squash, sweet potato, sausage rolls, mini sausages, sliced fruit, scones, strawberries
Books: The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson, Stickman by Julia Donaldson, Stuart Little by E.B. White
Songs: Sleeping Bunnies
Movies: Shrek, Sing, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Spider-man, Spirited Away, The Sword in The Stone
T is for:
- Pretend going on a train trip, bonus if it goes through tunnels.
- Say tongue twisters
- Tumble down hills
- Make tiny pictures
- Have a tea party, use a table cloth and eat ‘t’ foods
- Learn about tigers
- Build a tower as tall as you can using lego or duplo
- Design a treehouse of your dreams.
- Play tig with all the family
Foods to eat or try: tagletelli, tomatoes, takeaway, turkey, tunnocks teacakes, trifle, tarts, triangle sandwiches, tortillas, tea cakes, tangerines, toast, toastoes, toblerone
Books: The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr, The Twits by Roald Dahl,
Songs: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Ten Green Bottles, Ten in The Bed, Ten Little Fingers, This Little Piggy, Three Blind Mice, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Tommy Thumb Where Are You, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Movies: Thunderbirds Movie, Toy Story, Transformers. Trolls
U is for:
- Listen to ukelele music
- Go upside down
- Make upsidedown pudding
- Draw or write upside down
- Create your own upside down umbrella game catching balls thrown underarm in the umbrella
Foods to eat or try: upside down pudding, unlevened bread (pitta), chivito sandwiches from Uruguay
Books: The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson,
Movies: Up, A Series of Unfortunate Events
V is for:
- Dress up as vampires
- Make videos
- Pretend to be vikings on a crusade
- Listen to violin music
- Paint volcanos using vegetables
Foods to eat or try: vegan or vegetarian food (pesto pasta), vanilla icecream
Books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
W is for:
- Make paper windmills for the garden
- Wash the car
- Try some woodwork or practice hammering nails into wood. Draw a simple picture in pencil and put nails in around the lines, use wool to connect the nails and make a picture.
- Experipment with weaving, use paper or wool or go 3D and make a basket using cord and wire or twigs from the garden. This YouTube step-by-step guide from Fife artist Beth Snaddon is a great place to start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg9XCb-t1lU
- Help water the plants
- Make wiggly worm jelly. Cut up strawberry laces the lengths of worms (you can even draw a wee worm as a guide for children to measure along). Make some jelly following the packet instructions and add you wiggly worms before popping into the fridge to set.
Foods to eat or try: watermelon, watercress, wheat bread, chicken wings, waffles, walnuts, wafers, wontons, wasabi, wild rice, whipped cream
Books: Wacky Wednesday by Dr Seuss, Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Songs: Wind The Bobbin Up, The Wheels on The Bus
X is for:
- Pretend its xmas for the day
- Play naughts and crosses
- Play a xylophone
Foods to eat or try: hotcross buns, xmas cake
Y is for:
- Make yachts with junk modeling and see if they float
- Wear yellow
- Practice Yoga
Foods to eat or try: yoghurt
Songs: Yankee Doodle
Movies: Yogi-Bear, Yu-Gi-Oh
Z is for:
- Build a zoos
- Wear something with zips
- Play zoo animal charades
- Make zebra picturesby rubbing over zips
- Design a poster for your zoo or even design your own zany zoo creature
Foods to eat or try: zucchini, zucchini bread, something with zest
Books: Dear Zoo