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!)
You don't have to stop watching TV, but here's a fun idea to get you and your family moving in the ad breaks. Create an animal race by muting the sound and take turns calling out an animal name. When an animal is called, everyone has to move like that animal to a finish line. Make it more fun by making the animal noise, too, and you will have everyone laughing in no time. You can also break up time spent sitting behind the computer or game device with this game too and schedule breaks!
A fun game you and your family can play - or even invite other families to play - is to create a ‘crazy golf’ course using items from around the house. Use blocks, cushions or tunnels made out of cardboard boxes and show the children how to guide the ball around the course. Make the course hard or easy - it's up to you.
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 starting your own club or team and invite other families to join. Whether it’s your extended family, the neighbours or friends, your club or team could play a sport, go on weekly walks, or visit Canberra's great parks and nature reserves! Not only will you spend time together being active, you'll avoid paying registration fees!