Half Term Mini Missions - Commando Joe's

5 Things You Can Do at Home During Lockdown

Finding things to do in half term can be difficult especially with the weather being hit or miss lately and being in lockdown. That’s why we’re going to share with you 5 of our mini-missions you can do at home. Take a look below…

Mission 1: Fizzy Lava Lamps

For this mission, we are scientists and creating our very own Fizzy Lava Lamps! It requires limited resources, many of which will likely be in your cupboards right now. Here’s what you need:

  • A glass bottle
  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Vegetable oil
  • White vinegar
  • Food colouring

Step by Step:

  1. Open the jar and pour the vegetable oil into the bottle about halfway.
  2. Add a couple of drops of food colouring into the oil.
  3. Top it up with water.
  4. Put in a spoonful of baking powder or bicarbonate of soda and put the lid back on.
  5. Watch your lava lamp fizz!

We used blue, green and red to test out different colours, let us know what you used in the comments. We can’t wait to see your results, please share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Mission 2: Chalk Experiment

Who’s ready for Mission 2? Today’s mission combines science and art! 

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 x empty squirty bottles
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Cornflour
  • White vinegar
  • Food colouring
  • Water

What colours will you be using for today’s experiment?

Step by Step:

  • Label the two bottles A and B then add bicarbonate of soda to bottle A until it is 1/3 full.
  • Add cornflour to bottle A until 1/3 – the bottle should now be 2/3 full. Add a few drops of food colouring to bottle A.
  • Fill the remainder of bottle A with water.
  • Fill bottle B with white vinegar. Add a few drops of food colouring to bottle B. Replace the lids on bottles A and B and shake hard!
  • Squeeze bottle A to create a masterpiece. Then trace your masterpiece with bottle B to see the fizzy chemical reaction!

We can’t wait to see your results, please share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Mission 3: MiniBeast Hunt

If you’re feeling a little cooped up at home, get out and explore! For this mission, you need a pen and our handy minibeast checklist. Grab an adult and get exploring the great outdoors. 

A MiniBeast hunt is a fantastic way for you to get up and close to nature. Whilst also building your observation skills and get-hands on outdoors. As it’s Winter you may need to look closely when exploring to find the minibeasts. Minibeasts live in a whole array of habitats, the majority prefer darker covered areas so get your detective hat on and get exploring. 

If you are struggling take a look at these tips below:

  • Move large stones and logs to see what lies under. You’ll typically find woodlouse and millipedes. 
  • Trees are a great hiding spot for MiniBeats. You’ll likely find beetles and other creepy crawlies.
  • Take note of everything underfoot, leaves are a great hiding spot for ants, caterpillars and ladybirds.
  • If there’s a muddy patch see if you can see any wriggly worms, it’s the perfect environment for them to live. 
  • Ponds are a thriving habitat for wildlife, you might see Dragonflies, Water Beetles, Frogs and Toads. Remember to be careful near the water and keep an adult close by. 

If you have a magnifying glass or clear packaging, it’ll allow you to have a closer look at the MiniBeasts you find. 

Let us know in the comments what you find and please share with us your pictures on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

Mission 4: Giant Memory Game

This mission is great to get the brain working. All you need is to print off our memory cards and you can get playing! You can download the print out on Facebook or Twitter. 

To play the memory game you turn all cards photo down in random order. Each player turns over two cards when it’s their go. The goal is to collect matches of each card. Whoever gets the most matches wins. 

If you don’t have access to a printer, why not draw your memory cards. You could draw pictures, match numbers or letters. We’d love to see your results, please share with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

Mission 5: Acts of Kindness Bingo

Living in a lockdown can be super stressful for many people and little acts of kindness can brighten someone’s day. So we’ve created “Acts of Kindness Bingo”, you can download the resource here. 

Little acts of kindness can help build character, build empathy and help children learn the meaning of good actions. Children need a lot of practice spreading kindness for it to become an everyday habit for them. Planning acts of kindness together can be a great way to start this habit with your children. 

Download our printable and let your children tick off their acts of kindness, if they tick them all off in the week why not reward them with a little treat? A movie night of their choice, their favourite breakfast, camping indoors. Be creative. If you don’t have access to a printer, why not create your own kindness card together. 

We hope our five missions will give you some fun things to do over half term! We can’t wait to see what you get up to.