hip hop hen: Half-Term Fun

February half-term can sometimes be challenging with the kids. The weather is cold and activities can be limited but, do not fear… we have some great ideas.


Get Crafty

Miss Sophie has put together a Pinterest board FULL of amazing play, craft and learning games – these are a few of our favourite things to do. We would love to see a photo of your creations which we will post on our website – please send your photos to: #getcreative 

We are also running a letter craft competition on our website. We had masses of entries for the letter ‘a’, and Ellie aged 4 from London won with her feathered letter ‘a’ – you can check it out here – it is fab!

This month the letter is ‘b’. Please see our games page on our website for information 


Get Wordie and Practise Handwriting

hip hop hen has launched a brand new abc letter tracing workbook. This abc letter tracing workbook is available to download on It is made up of 52 pages of worksheets for colouring and practising handwriting – we are biased but, it is awesome (and FREE)! Our amazing illustrator Ben has created wonderful pictures to colour. It is perfect for a rainy day. Please read the terms and conditions before printing.

 Our abc letter tracing workbook compliments our abc letter tracing app which is available on the App Store.



Get Out and About

Our favourite activity is to play ‘letter games’ when we are out and about. Pick a ‘sound of the day’ and be the first to find the ‘sound of the day’ in: menus, road signs, shop names, number plates, advertisements, street names, food packaging, labels…


Bambino Goodies, Timeout and The Londonist all have some great ideas if you are heading out and about and Nicola Lamond from netmums has put together some fab ideas in a half-term planner… 


Get Daring

Sharky and George (party entertainers) have launched a book called ‘Don’t You Dare’ – which is full of old-fashioned fun.


Get Baking

We love baking and so do children. We have just bought Hats and Bell’s Children’s Party Cookbook – it is FULL of yummy and inspired children’s recipes, which are easy to follow. 

Our current favourites are their: Chocolate Bird’s Nests – they are a delicious half-term treat.


Get Appy

hip hop hen has recently launched three featured and fun ‘abc letter learning apps in January 2014. See our apps page to find out more. 

Great apps that hip hop hen recommend:

Little Digits

Little Fox Music Box – Kids Songs Sing along

Mr. Thorne Does Phonics

Petting Zoo

Pip and Posy



A Word From Miss Daisy's and Recommendations For Half-Term


At Miss Daisy's Nursery School we have been focusing on the importance of love, hearts and the meaning of love to tie in with Valentine's Day. 

The two books that I would recommend and the children have loved at school:


I Love You as Big as the World by David Van Buren and Tim Warnes- the illustrations and the text make it a sweet book that really expresses the love a parent has for a child.


Because I love You by David Bedford and Rebecca Harry – a charming and delightful story that is beautifully illustrated, about a mother’s love that will warm the hearts of readers young and old!


Both books are great for reading with your child. Encourage your child to anticipate what will happen next in the story, describe the pictures and discuss the story at the end. 


If you are looking for a fun outing in London during half-term, I would recommend The Science Museum. At school, we have been teaching the children all about 'space' and the science museum was a perfect place to compliment their learning, especially as we got to meet an astronaut there! 


Downstairs there is a wonderful interactive gallery called 'The Garden', this has been created especially for children aged 3 – 6 years old. The children get to discover science by playing in an exciting, multi-sensory environment. Entrance is free of charge and I would highly recommend it. 


“I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny.
But we can have
Lots of good fun that is funny!”
–The Cat in the Hat


#letter #learning #games



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