The Napier Mail - - BACKYARD BANTER -

In­stead of wor­ry­ing about how you’ll keep your kids en­ter­tained these school hol­i­days, em­brace the ex­tra time (and the ex­tra hours of sun­light) and en­cour­age them to swap their screens for the great out­doors. Set up a chal­lenge course around the back­yard (think: crawl un­der the tram­po­line then climb over the pic­nic ta­ble) and add their cho­sen sport into the mix to keep their skills up (think: drib­ble a bas­ket­ball from one end of the drive­way to the other or kick five goals into the back of the net). pack some sports equip­ment too. Foot­ball and rugby balls don’t take up much room, and cricket im­pro­vi­sa­tion is easy when you re­pur­pose a chilly bin as wick­ets. re­main com­pet­i­tive, en­cour­age your kids to make fit­ness and ba­sic skills main­te­nance a daily habit.

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