Something to keep you busy

A range of activities for you to do at home

Stuck at home? Run out of things to do? Need to find something different to entertain the children with? Got to keep that brain active? Want to try some new recipes?

Stay at home activities to remind you of holidays in Devon

On this page we’ve put together a selection of activities for you to do at home.  If you’re looking for colouring for the children (or adults), activity sheets, quizzes, recipes and more then look no further. We’ve also included some links to virtual tours and local webcams so that you can plan your visit or just sit back, relax and pretend you’re there!  And we’ve even found a tree-themed playlist! We’re hoping that these will remind you of holidays in Devon at Forest Glade. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Colouring

Colour in park map

We’ve had a drawing done of the park map that’s just right for colouring in. Why not try and find out what colour the different animals are too.

Colour park plan

Seasalt colouring

One of the Westcountry’s most well-known brands, Seasalt brought out a free downloadable colouring book last June and we thought it was lovely.

Cooking

Make your own cream tea

National Trust cream teas are a classic Devon delight and very highly rated. Why not make yourself a truly special treat and try out these recipes for scones and have a cream tea at home.

 

Make your own pasties

We love pasties and they are synonymous with holidays in the Westcountry. We’ve found a great recipe, so get baking and then close your eyes and dream. A little taste of Devon at home!

Devon Apple and Cider cake

Devon Apple and Cider cake is simply delicious and one of our favourites. We just had to share this recipe from Sue Stoneman with you.

Explore historic Exeter with Minecraft

You can explore our local city and Devon’s county town, Exeter, and discover what life was like at different times in history.  Exeter’s great museum, RAMM, (which is free to visit) has worked with Minecraft creators to provide you with a unique gaming experience.

Explore the city of Exeter through history on Minecraft.

Blackdown Hills Explore and Create

We’re situated in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the organisation that looks after the area have created a series of videos to help you explore the countryside in a fun way.  There are 8 videos to watch with activities ranging from exploring an Iron Age hill fort to finding patterns in nature.

Exploring Hembury Fort

Hembury Fort Winter Rainbow

Words

Camping themed wordsearches

Over on the ‘Campmehappy’ blog you can find camping-themed word searches which you can print off and use.

There are three different levels so something for all the family. Put your camping vocabulary to the test!

Aerial shot of camping family

 

 

How many words in Forest Glade?

Why not see how many words you can make out of our park name – Forest Glade?

These should be words found in the dictionary and not 2-letter Scrabble words!  Apparently there are over 1000.

Welcome to Forest Glade

Virtual tours

Many of our local tourist attractions have virtual tours.  Explore from the comfort of your sofa and then you have something to look forward to when you come and stay.  We found these, but why not see what else you can find?  Don’t forget to turn your sound on!

Exeter Cathedral

Photo credit: Jules & Jenny on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

 

Wonderful webcams

Let’s go and take a look at Sidmouth seafront, and also check out what’s happening in Exmouth.

View from Connaught Gardens

We love donkeys and now you can get your fix by visiting The Donkey Sanctuary in the comfort of your own home.

Exploring our local coastline

The Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, is just a 40 minute drive from the park and our nearest coastline.  You can find lots of activities to do at home on the website, from making your own Fantasy Jurassic Park, testing your knowledge in a quiz, to finding out more about fossils.  There are activities for all ages and lots of information about the coastline on the website.

 

Brilliant birds

We are lucky to have lots of birds to see on the park.  Find out more about what you can see from your window on Devon Wildlife Trust’s website.  Become a garden bird detective, make your own binoculars or build a bird’s nest.

Bird bath

Check out this webcam in a back garden in Wigan, including a feeder made by one of the children:

 

Activity sheets

Click on the image to download the activity sheets, designed especially for us:

More wordsearches

Click on the image below to download our wordsearches:

Trees!

Our guests love our unique location in a forest clearing.  Trees are our thing and on the Woodland Trust website (a great charity which we are pleased to support) they’ve put together lots of woodland-themed activities to keep the children busy whether you can get outside or not.  Build an indoor den if you can’t get out into the forest,  and find more indoor activities here and here.

Trees surround the park

Holiday park surrounded by pine forest

Find out more about trees and their seeds with the RSPB fun and learning for families. There are lots of other great activities and resources on the website too.

 

A tree-themed play list

We found this on the internet, but we would love to know if you can think of any more tree-themed songs?

Our old yew tree

Our very old yew tree