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News: 10 Fun Ideas To Make Feb­ru­ary Half Term Dif­fer­ent Dur­ing Lockdown

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Over the past cou­ple of weeks, we have been pro­vid­ing our stu­dents with top tips of the day on our social media page, to pro­vide ideas of dif­fer­ent things to either do or think about dur­ing lock­down. We hope these have been insight­ful and they will con­tin­ue after half term, so please con­tin­ue to send us your thoughts on any per­son­al tips that have helped you and may help others. 

Just like us, if you are try­ing to think of oth­er ways to make Feb­ru­ary half term feel dif­fer­ent to the rest of the weeks dur­ing lock­down, we have a few ideas rec­om­mend­ed by the Well­be­ing Team:

1. Valentine’s Day

On Sun­day 14th Feb­ru­ary, it’s Valentine’s Day! Why not craft your own card to send to a loved one or bake some heart shaped bis­cuits to share with your household.

2. Pan­cake Day 

On Tues­day 16th Feb­ru­ary, it’s everyone’s favourite…Pancake day! Spend an after­noon in the kitchen flip­ping as many pan­cakes as you can! There are plen­ty of recipes online if you want to be more cre­ative than the stan­dard lemon and sug­ar (which are still our favourite!) Why not try some­thing dif­fer­ent, like peanut but­ter and jel­ly or a savoury one.

3. Camp Indoors

It’s far too chilly at the moment to be camp­ing in your gar­den, so why not camp inside! Set up a tent in the biggest room in your house or cre­ate a den. Use the din­ing room table or the backs of your sofa to cre­ate a fun space with lots of com­fy cush­ions and blankets.

4. Ran­dom Act Of Kind­ness Day 

On Wednes­day 17th Feb­ru­ary, it is nation­al ran­dom acts of kind­ness say. Do some­thing nice for a loved one, neigh­bour or your com­mu­ni­ty whilst fol­low­ing lock­down rules of course! You could send a gift to a friend to show them how much you care, or why not clean your par­ents car or offer to walk the dog every day so they can have a rest!

5. Go on a themed walk 

Mix up your dai­ly exer­cise with a Stra­va map art walk and cre­ate a pic­ture line on the map. All you need is the Stra­va map app on your phone and your imagination! 

6. Have a fam­i­ly fes­ti­val at home

Cre­ate the fes­ti­val vibes at home! Get the face and hair glit­ter on, maybe a bit of fan­cy dress, dec­o­rate the gar­den (or a room indoors if it’s too cold!) with bunting and lights and then watch high­lights of your favourite fes­ti­vals online! You can catch most fes­ti­vals on YouTube, or take a look at the BBC iPlay­er for some great Glas­ton­bury highlights! 

7. Paint Rocks

Dur­ing the first lock­down, Covid-19 rock snakes popped up in every vil­lage and town and this con­tin­ued with lots more being hid­den in com­mu­ni­ties. Why not paint your own rock and hide it some­where, or when you find a paint­ed rock, hide them in a new location!

8. Vir­tu­al Day Trips 

We may not be able to trav­el at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore some of the UK’s biggest attrac­tions! Many of the biggest tourist hotspots across the coun­try have excel­lent vir­tu­al tours and web­cams in place dur­ing lock­down. Our favourites are Chester Zoo, Lake Dis­trict and the Nation­al His­to­ry Museum! 

9. Vir­tu­al Cooka­long / Din­ner Party

The idea with the vir­tu­al cooka­long is you all make the same recipes linked via zoom and then you to eat togeth­er and have a chat. You could also cre­ate a theme for the cooka­long and dress up nice if you fancy!

10. Vir­tu­al Sleepover

Sim­i­lar to the vir­tu­al cookalong/​dinner par­ty, have a zoom call with your friends and play games, lis­ten to music, get ready for bed, have a vir­tu­al mid­night feast and then go to sleep! 

If you decide to do one of these activ­i­ties we have rec­om­mend­ed and enjoy it, then please let us know and share your experiences!

We hope that you all enjoy a well-earned break dur­ing half term and look after your­self and your loved ones. Please remem­ber to stay safe and we look for­ward to see­ing you back after half term. 

We have plen­ty more well­be­ing ses­sions and enrich­ment activ­i­ties avail­able when you return to your stud­ies, should you wish to get involved. Fol­low us on social media or email us at wellbeing@​nottinghamcollege.​ac.​uk to keep up-to-date with the well­be­ing offer avail­able to you:


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  • 12th February 2021 (2:07 PM)
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