Parenting - - Snippets -

Have a potluck picnic with your chil­dren’s friends or other fam­i­lies in your neigh­bour­hood. You could have it at home, or meet at a nearby park.

In­stead of go­ing to the movies or hir­ing a DVD, swap some of your DVDS with a friend.

Go on a bush­walk. Your lo­cal Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre will be able to tell you about walks in your area, or visit to find out about walks ad­min­is­tered by the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion.

Do some bak­ing. Cakes, muffins, bis­cuits, loaves – it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter. Your chil­dren will love get­ting in­volved, and you won’t have to buy bak­ing at the su­per­mar­ket.

Take your chil­dren to the li­brary and get them their very own li­brary card.

Blow bub­bles. If you don’t have a bub­ble wand al­ready, you can make one by cut­ting out the in­side of an ice cream con­tainer lid, and leav­ing just the frame. Dip the frame into a mix­ture of dish­wash­ing liq­uid and wa­ter, and then wave it gen­tly from side to side to re­lease the bub­bles.

Chal­lenge your neigh­bours or your chil­dren’s friends to a fam­ily cricket match at your lo­cal park.

Go fly a kite. If you don’t have one, cre­ate one out of news­pa­per and string. Ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent de­signs, and have a com­pe­ti­tion to see which one flies the best.

Cre­ate a fam­ily bingo card game, where each child has to do a range of ac­tiv­i­ties to com­plete the card. They might be silly things like, ‘walk around the house back­wards’, or more se­ri­ous things like, ‘do some­thing nice for some­one else in the fam­ily’. The first per­son to com­plete their bingo card wins.

Make some fudge or other sweet treats and take them to a rest home or hos­pi­tal. Your chil­dren will get a real buzz out of do­ing some­thing nice for com­plete strangers.

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