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
- 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
- Have a bath-bomb bubble bath
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
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
- 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
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 modeling or build one in your garden using sticks?
- Explore a forest walk
- 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
- Have hot chocolates with all the timmings
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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.
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
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