Challenge your family to get into life
These are challenges to help your family get more out of life – but they're so much fun, they won’t really feel that challenging at all! Plus, you can try our handy tips to help get you started.
Reduce the temptation of electronic media and put your smartphone or laptop in a cupboard or somewhere out of sight for an hour and see if you can keep it up. It’s hard for children to remember not to touch.
The garden is a constant source of wonder for young kids, so why not get them involved? They can help with fun, active tasks like digging holes for plants, carrying watering cans or raking leaves into piles. If you plant herbs or vegies you could even pop around to say hello to your neighbours with some yummy, home-grown food!
Set out on a stroll and see if you can say hello to some of the people you come across. Encourage your kids to trust their instincts when deciding who they do or do not want to greet. Get to know some people along your walking route.
Try making some art while out for a walk this week. Paper rubbings are a great way to add some fun to a walk. Take some sheets of paper and some crayons along with you and encourage the kids to place their paper over any surface they find interesting, then rub the side of their crayon gently over the paper. Voila! An image of the surface underneath will appear as if by magic. Surfaces for rubbings can be anything from interesting pavers, brick walls, a fence, or rocks and leaves in the garden.
Ask one of your kids to be the 'table captain' for a week. For example, as a 'table captain' your child sets the table, takes the family's meals from the kitchen to the table, gets drinks and clears the table (depending on their age of course!). Get each of your children to take a turn over different weeks.