IS your child spending most of their day behind a screen?
Home-schooling and keeping little ones entertained indoors has seen time spent on computers and watching TV increase by 50 per cent during the pandemic.
If you want to break the cycle during half term, here are some cheap, screen-free activities.
BUILD A CANAL: The Canal and River Trust (canalrivertrust.org.uk) have some brilliant ideas on their website. From waterside bingo to building your very own canal sandbox, its tasks are a bit more out of the box than I’ve seen elsewhere.
WRITE IT UP: This is the perfect time to get creative juices flowing and encourage them to sit down with a pen and paper. It always help to have a goal, so start by heading to schoolreadinglist.co.uk, which advertises writing competitions for all different ages and how to enter them. Plus, they could win some excellent prizes.
TRY AN EXPERIMENT: Littletikes.co.uk has launched a huge toy sale, with up to 50 per cent off. For example, pick up the very popular Wonder Lab Centre for just