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.
Every day this week, smile at a stranger. For kids, it could be someone outside of their year at school, and for you, someone at the shops. Notice how good you feel knowing that you just brightened up someone’s day! (TIP: if smiling at strangers feels too uncomfortable, you could instead choose to give out a compliment to someone you do know!)
Try having a TV free Friday where instead of watching TV you do something together as a family or with extended family or friends.
Challenge the family to spend one hour a day each day this week playing a board game. By connecting over a fun game you will not only be sparking conversation, but you will avoid the temptation to get behind a screen.
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!
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.