An A-Z Guide of Activities for Kids

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:

Activities: 

  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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
  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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
  • 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

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

Songs: 

Movies: Cars, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Cinderella, Coco

D is for:

Activities: 

  • 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

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:

Activities: 

  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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

Songs: 

Movies: Garfield, Ghostbusters, The Greatest Showman

H is for:

Activities:

  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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

Books: 

Songs: 

Movies: A Knights Tale, Karate Kid

L is for:

Activities: 

  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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

Songs: 

Movies: Lego Ninjago, Night at the Museum, Nut Job

O is for:

Activities:

  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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

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:

Activities:

  • 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
  • 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:

Activities: 

  • Go running
  • Create rubbings
  • Design and make a robot
  • Read
  • 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

Books:

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:

Activities:

  • 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
  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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
  • 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:

Activities: 

  • 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,

Songs: 

Movies: Up, A Series of Unfortunate Events

V is for:

Activities: 

  • 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

Songs: 

Movies: Valiant

W is for:

Activities: 

  • 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.

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

Movies: Wall-E

X is for:

Activities: 

  • Pretend its xmas for the day
  • Play naughts and crosses
  • Play a xylophone

Foods to eat or try: hotcross buns, xmas cake

Books:

Songs: 

Movies: X-Men

Y is for:

Activities: 

  • Make yachts with junk modeling and see if they float
  • Wear yellow
  • Practice Yoga

Foods to eat or try: yoghurt

Books:

Songs: Yankee Doodle

Movies: Yogi-Bear, Yu-Gi-Oh

Z is for:

Activities:

  • 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

Songs: 

Movies: Zootropolis

 

 

 

 

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