MORE TIPS TO TACKLE THE TIME OFF

Warwick Daily News - - Weekend - – Kim­ber­ley Wel­man

DUST OFF THOSE OLD-SCHOOL GAMES

Do you re­mem­ber play­ing skip­ping, elas­tics, tiggy, hide ‘n’ seek, spot­light, jump­ing over the sprin­kler or hav­ing wa­ter fights as a kid? I feel one of the great­est gifts we can give our chil­dren is our time and un­di­vided at­ten­tion. Al­low your­self to switch off and just play some of the golden oldie games. The kids burn off some steam, you all end up laugh­ing and there’s the bonus of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

GET THE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

In­volv­ing the kids in the kitchen is a great way to keep them en­ter­tained in­doors and they’re more likely to try new foods if they have cre­ated them. We get cheap lit­tle aprons and chef hats from the dis­count store and call each other chef. We make our own acai bowls, smooth­ies, pan­cakes and bliss balls. Some­thing like mash­ing a banana is su­per fun for them. I of­ten set one up at the sink to do the dishes as well — it’s a nov­elty for them (even if you have to re­wash them).

REST AND RE­JU­VE­NATE

It’s im­por­tant to re-en­er­gise dur­ing the school hol­i­days. It’s eas­ier said than done with kids and some­times “quiet time” also takes some plan­ning. I stock up on colour­ing books, read­ers, mini white­boards, print out age ap­pro­pri­ate sight words/writ­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and down­load some movies. My hus­band of­ten has a gig­gle at me, but the phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment is im­por­tant when en­cour­ag­ing the kids to par­take in quiet ac­tiv­i­ties and rest, so I al­ways put on some med­i­ta­tion mu­sic, darken the room and light can­dles while they pot­ter around.

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