5 Half Term Activities For Anyone Fostering in Manchester
Believe it or not, we’re only a few weeks away from the February half term holiday. Well, don’t worry if it has caught you a little off guard, as we’ve picked out a few activities that are ideal for you and your family to enjoy.
Here at Perpetual Fostering, we understand the buzz and enjoyment that fostering a vulnerable child or young person can bring, to which the half term break is also the perfect opportunity to help create some memories that will last a lifetime.
Educating a child or young person doesn’t just belong in the classroom or school environment, it should be something that you aim to develop each and everyday as a foster carer. At the same time, we know that it’s often difficult to find activities that are cost effective, as well as being educational and enjoyable, but we’ve managed to come up with 5 activities that everyone fostering in Manchester can get up to this half term.
Free football skills coaching
There’s more to football than just aiming to become the next Messi or Ronaldo. From helping to develop relationships, increasing confidence and self-esteem to encouraging a greater sense of achievement, sporting activities have a multitude of benefits for everyone who takes part in them.
As a foster parent, you should certainly consider the impact that football, or any other sport for that matter, can have on the development of a child or young person in care.
The National Football Museum, Manchester, are running free football skills sessions throughout half term for both boys and girls.
Learn about healthy eating
Diet and nutrient has a huge impact on the lifestyle, behaviour and wellbeing of every young person in care. However, as a foster carer you may find it difficult to encourage the importance of healthy eating in a way that is fun, interesting and educational for children.
Why not pop along to the free Cravings exhibition at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry during half term? Here you’ll be able to discover how certain foods affect our brains and bodies.
National Nest Box Week
You may not know it, but the annual National Nest Box Week starts on February 14th, and is your way of contributing to the conservation effort of birds and other wildlife in the UK.
Whether it’s helping to build your own nest box, or perhaps you’re more interested in counting the number different birds that land in the garden, the National Nest Box Week is the perfect way of encouraging foster children to become involved within the local community, generating a genuine interest in wildlife and enjoying the great outdoors.
Visit the Octopus Hideout
Perhaps not the most obvious choice, but maybe you’re looking find something a little more exoctic this half term. If so, Manchester’s Sea Life Centre is a fantastic place to learn a few things about the creatures swimming in our shores.
The Octopus Hideout opens this half term, featuring several of the world’s oldest and smartest octopuses.
Wilds Woods Family Funday
For anyone a little further afield, the staff at Touchstones Rochdale are hosting an exciting day of forest inspired crafts and much more on Thursday 18th February 2016.
You can also join in with the family Trees Tale Trail tours that are taking place throughout the morning and afternoon in Broadfield Park. Suitable for 5-12 year olds and completely free!
If you’re currently fostering in Manchester, or any other part of the North West for instance, we hope to have provided you a number of local activities that not only help to keep children and young people entertained over the half term break, but do so in a way that is educational and interactive.
For more information about becoming a foster carer with one of the North West’s leading independent fostering agencies, get in touch with one of our experienced social workers today.