The last hur­rah for colum­nist Bindy Scott

Highfields' Own - - Contents -

ASK most par­ents of school-aged chil­dren and they will tell you the Christ­mas school hol­i­days can be both the best and the worst of the year.

The kids get a sub­stan­tial break to recharge their bat­ter­ies after a long year of stud­ies.

But after so much men­tal stim­u­la­tion all year, the cries of “I’m bored” can wear thin very quickly for par­ents.

There are a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties to stim­u­late their minds, and don’t need to break the bank.

HEAD OUT­DOORS

High­fields has some won­der­ful parks, na­ture walks and sport­ing fields to keep busy young bod­ies mov­ing.

Wil­liams Park, High­fields, is a beautiful wildlife cor­ri­dor; it is a life­line for many na­tive wildlife species in the area and is the last con­nect­ing sec­tion of na­tive bush­land to the north.

But­ter­flies, drag­on­flies and birdlife are pro­lific, and the scenery of beautiful tree ferns and gum trees is very pic­turesque.

The north­ern end of this park con­tains a dry creek bed with in­for­mal tracks; the south­ern end has large ma­ture trees, play­ground in shade, slide, for­mal tracks, toi­lets, bar­be­cues, and an old-style slide.

The best way to ac­cess Wil­liams Park Walk is through ei­ther Ce­cil Cres or Mavis Crt.

Start­ing be­hind the toi­let block at Wil­liams Park, the steps will take you down to a bridge over Klein Creek.

This will lead you to a beautiful track that fol­lows the creek north to­wards Reis Rd.

From there you can turn back to Wil­liams Park and ex­tend your walk fol­low­ing a grassy area to­wards Clarke Rd.

Please leave your pets at home.

GET COOK­ING

Many chil­dren love to get in the kitchen and help - and it is a valu­able life skill to learn.

Sure it will be slower and messier than do­ing it all yourself, but worth it to see their sense of sat­is­fac­tion.

Pick easy-to-fol­low sim­ple recipes to start with, and de­pend­ing on the age of the chil­dren, let them do all the hard work with su­per­vi­sion; younger chil­dren will need help with some tasks - like mea­sur­ing, cut­ting, us­ing ap­pli­ances but with prac­tice their skills will im­prove.

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